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Strictly Come Dancing 2020: Bill Bailey feared he’d be a ‘joke act’

Bill Bailey has been the surprise package on Strictly Come Dancing this year, impressing judges and fans alike, but he initially feared he would be a ‘joke act’ on the show.

The comedian has emerged as favourite following a string of memorable performances with professional partner Oti Mabuse, and Bill has surprised himself with how naturally he has taken to the dance floor.

Bill has now said that he was initially worried he wouldn’t be taken seriously in the competition, or that he’d experience a mishap during a routine.

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Bill has emerged as a fan favourite this year (Picture: REX)

Speaking to the Mirror, he said: ‘I fully expected not to be able to do it. I had the full range of outcomes I’d prepared for, from being the joke act that goes out first, to actually even worse, just falling over in the middle of the routine, lurching, knocking one of the judges off their chair, setting fire to the studio, kicking a camera over, seeing the set burst into flames.’

The quickstep was the moment things changed for him, with Bill picking up the routine quickly. He puts his improvement down to Oti’s tutoring.

‘She’s quite strict in terms of planning the day and the routine, and I like that. I think that’s one reason why we get on very well,’ he said about Oti.

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Bill and Oti have impressed on the show (Picture: PA)

“It’s a great friendship we have now. You are in a very intense work relationship where you sometimes train for 12 hours or more.’

Bill has lost almost a stone and a half during his time on the programme, and he says dancing is great as exercise because ‘you’re having fun, you’re whirling around the dance floor’.

Strictly Come Dancing continues on Sunday at 7.30pm on BBC One.


Credit: Original article published here.

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