Bill Bailey fights back tears as he wins Strictly Come Dancing with Oti Mabuse

Strictly: Bill and Oti are crowned the winners for 2020

After weeks of wowing Strictly Come Dancing viewers and judges with their show-stopping routines, it was Bill Bailey and Oti Mabuse who lifted the Glitterball Trophy this evening. The two struggled to fight back the tears following the announcement after pipping Jamie Laing and Karen Hauer, Maisie Smith and Gorka Marquez, and HRVY and Janette Manrara to the top spot.

Stunned following Tess Daly’s reveal, Bill and Oti could be seen jumping up in down in glee as their fellow finalists applauded.

“What?! What?! Come on!” Bill shouted as he shared a hug with a tearful Oti.

“How does that feel Bill, talk to us?” Tess asked the newly-crowned winner.

Struggling to comprehend what had happened, an emotional Bill replied: “It feels surreal, it feels extraordinary, it feels wonderful.”

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Bill continued: “I never thought we’d get this far. I never thought we’d get to the final.”

The comedian began to get choked up as he paid special mention to pro partner Oti who was left in tears beside him.

“I have the most extraordinary teacher, the most extraordinary dancer,” he continued before a raucous round of applause drowned him out.

Oti’s sister and Strictly judge Motsi Mabuse was also left in tears after watching her sibling accept the award with Bill.

Bill continued the high praise for his partner: “(She’s) someone who believed in me right from the beginning,

“And she found something in me and turned me into this, into a dancer. Thank you, Oti.”

The two shared a hug before Claudia asked Oti for her thoughts after becoming the first-ever professional to win the show two years running.

“Bill,” she began. “I think you are amazing.”

Bill began to wipe tears away as Oti continued: “Remarkable Bill, remarkable Bill Bailey.

“You just put your heart into everything. You put your soul into everything.

“You’re in your world but I love your world, I always wanna be a part of you.

“And thank you for being a friend, a father figure to me, a brother – and for this!”


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