Bill Bailey is the best thing that ever happened to Strictly Come Dancing, bringing his magic to the dancefloor just when we’ve all needed it the most.But when he was announced as a member of the Strictly class of 2020, no one could possibly imagine what tricks the comedian would pull from his sleeve.
Partnered up with arguably the show’s most popular, and in my personal opinion, inventive professional, Oti Mabuse, the pair have gone on to conquer the Quickstep, win the approval of Janet Jackson and become runaway favourites to lift the glitterball trophy.
He’s come a long way since his week one Cha Cha Cha when he received a dismal three from judge Craig Revel Horwood, going on to win 10s for his Couple’s Choice dance – which to this day is work of art.
You didn’t ask for it but Metro.co.uk has ranked Bill’s dances thus far as we enter the quarter-finals this weekend.
6. Cha Cha Cha to Pata Pata by Miriam Makeba (Week 1)
Bill was in danger of becoming this year’s novelty act before the competition got underway and his debut routine did little to deter the unwanted honour.
While his enthusiasm was second to none, his technique was questionable at best with the judges marking accordingly. Bill was awarded a fairly dire 15 points – little did we know what was to come.
5. Quickstep to Talk to The Animals (Week 2)
Aside from the dodgy CGI elephant charging across the Strictly ballroom, Bill’s sophomore routine was a total game-changer and suddenly the 50-year-old grabbed attention in a performance worthy of the West End stage.
Note Shirley leaning over her podium either in total shock or desperately trying to catch a misplaced step – either way, she could hardly fault him.
4. Jive to One Way or Another (Week 6)
Bill’s feet were on fire as he kicked his ankles to Blondie’s anarchic classic, flinging Oti between his legs dressed like the biker he was destined to be.
It wasn’t perfect, slightly clunky, but was packed with the unbeatable punch we’ve become accustomed to from Bill every time he hits the floor.
3. American Smooth to Under My Skin (Week 5)
Unable to rely on the infectious energy which has been gripping the nation for this softer number, Bill proved he was more than just a bundle of fun by gliding across the floor in a top hat and tails as if he’s been lifted straight from a Gene Kelly movie.
2. Paso Doble to The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (Week 3)
It was movie week and Bill brought more drama than an actual Clint Eastwood western when he carefully maneuvered around the studio, his back perfectly poised and ready for battle.
For the first time it became clear, Bill wasn’t just here to pick up a new hobby, he’s coming for the glitterball trophy.
1. Couple’s Choice to Rapper’s Delight (Week 4)
Bill and Oti’s Janet Jackson inspired get-up to The Sugar Hill Gang’s Rapper’s Delight was not only by far the most unexpected gem to ever burst from the ballroom competition, but easily the brightest, going on to win acclaim from Ms. Jackson herself.
The pair grooved in perfect synchronicity with Bill’s pinpoint precision proven in a video of the choreographer’s rehearsals where you can see he hits every single beat perfectly.
From this moment, it appeared Bill was not only a force not to be reckoned with, but he’s unstoppable.
Find a Strictly performance which has brought more joy and you’ll be lost for days because for these two minutes alone, if Bill isn’t crowned the most unlikely Strictly winner of all time on December 19, he will be indisputably robbed.
Strictly Come Dancing continues Saturday and Sunday on BBC One.
Credit: Original article published here.