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Strictly star Bill Bailey’s ‘dance teacher’ Idris Elba sends him and Oti Mabuse sweetest message

Idris Elba has sent a sweet message to Bill Bailey and Oti Mabuse ahead of the Strictly Come Dancing final.

Bill, 55, and his dance partner Oti, 30, will be competing for the coveted glitterball in this year’s final of the BBC dancing competition, against three other couples.

To wish them well ahead of the big event, Idris – who used to be a dance teacher to Bill – has sent the pair a video message, which has since been shared on Twitter.

‘Huge thanks to the legend that is @idriselba for taking time out to send me this lovely message #inthelongrun #Strictly2020,’ Bill wrote.

In the video, Idris, 48, can be heard saying: ‘Bill, man like Bill, it’s Idris, your old dance teacher.

‘Listen, I am so proud of you guys man, congratulations on getting to the final, that’s massive, everyone’s rooting for you, well I’m definitely rooting for you, and just enjoy yourself man, kill it, you know what I mean, you look great.’

The actor added: ‘And just remember what I used to say in class, you know, and just remember that stuff, and don’t forget it.


‘Alright man, I love you, good luck, bye.’

Bill and Oti have proven to be very popular with fans of the show, and the couple are the favourite to win this series, with Coral announcing his odds as 7-4 – a huge improvement on the 33-1 odds he started the series on.

The two notched up an impressive 26 points during movie week, landing in second place on the leaderboard underneath Ranvir Singh and Giovanni Pernice, and have continued to go from strength to strength since.

But Bill admitted that he initially feared he would be a ‘joke act’ on the show, or that he’d experience a mishap during a routine.

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Bill and Oti are the favourite to win this year’s series of Strictly (Picture: Gary Levy/PA/BBC)

The comedian told 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 worst, 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.’

Things changed for Bill when he learnt the quickstep, as he picked up the routine quickly. He also has praised Oti and her tutoring for helping him to improve.

He said of his partner: ‘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.

‘It’s a great friendship you know. You are in a very intense work relationship where you sometimes train for 12 hours or more.’

Strictly Come Dancing concludes tomorrow at 6pm on BBC One.


Credit: Original article published here.

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