There’s no denying that Bill, 55, is the underdog of the series managing to land himself a spot in the final this weekend alongside Jamie, EastEnders actress Maisie Williams and pop star HRVY.
Reflecting on Bill’s unexpected rise to the end, Piers Morgan said on Good Morning Britain: ‘In your head as the toughest judge in many ways, is your criteria for who should win who is genuinely the best dancer or are there other elements to it?
‘For example, Bill Bailey probably isn’t the best dancer but he’s hugely popular and his journey on the show has been very inspiring for other people who can’t dance very well. What’s your opinion?’
Strictly judge Craig argued: ‘As was Anne Widdecombe and she got to week 11. We weren’t wanting to put her through but she never ended up in the bottom two so the audience are the ones deciding who they want to go through at this point because they’re all eights, nines and tens dancers.
‘I love Bill for different reasons and so do the general public and now the ball is firmly in their court.’
Praising Bill’s progression, Susanna Reid said: ‘There’s something very 2020 about Bill Bailey isn’t there. The unexpected, the smile on the face, the person who you didn’t think was going to be an outstanding performer but is.’
Piers then chimed in: ‘He’s the Captain Tom of Strictly isn’t he, he’s the older guy shuffling around and is actually really inspiring.’
‘He’s doing more than shuffling around, he really works hours and hours on end to perfect it,’ Craig interjected.
However, the judge took it too far when he took aim at GMB presenter Ranvir and noted: ‘You saw Ranvir and that dreadful jive she did.’
Defending his colleague, Piers jokingly hit back: ‘Don’t come on Good Morning Britain and start trashing our own.’
Bill recently admitted that he thought he would be considered the ‘joke act’ before starting the competition, telling The Mirror: ‘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.’
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.
Strictly Come Dancing returns on Saturday on BBC One.Credit: Original article published here.