Strictly winner Bill Bailey says he is still 'shocked' by show win

Jen Crothers
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Photo credit: Guy Levy - BBC
Photo credit: Guy Levy - BBC

From Good Housekeeping

Strictly Come Dancing champ Bill Bailey has admitted he's still in shock after lifting the glitterball trophy on Saturday night (19 December).

Bill, who was partnered with pro Oti Mabuse, told fellow Strictly star Ranvir Singh, who's standing in for Lorraine Kelly on Lorraine, that he's been at a bit of a loss since winning the show.

"I‘m still in a bit of a daze really, Ranvir," he said. "I got in and we had a glass of wine. Then today, I’ve just been pottering around. Yesterday I didn’t really know what to do. I’ve been going through messages and texts, lots of lovely messages from people. But no it hasn’t really sunk in yet.”

"I feel great actually. I feel a little bit stiff of leg and arm but otherwise great.”

Photo credit: Guy Levy - BBC
Photo credit: Guy Levy - BBC

He admitted that the final reminded him of his late mother, and he got emotional about not being able to see his dad on Christmas day.

“It was quite emotional anyway as it was going to be the last time we were dancing. But it did make me think of my mum, firstly, because my mum died 15 years ago and I did think about her a lot on the day. She loved ballroom dancing. In fact, she wanted me to take it up when I was a kid.

Photo credit: Guy Levy - BBC
Photo credit: Guy Levy - BBC

"She got me to take a couple of lessons when I was a teenager but of course, I was a teenager and I thought, 'I don’t want to do ballroom dancing'. But I know she would have been so proud. This would have been her proudest moment.

"It also made me think of my dad as we heard during the day about the new restrictions and about the fact that my dad who has been on his own isolating since March, we were looking forward to seeing him at Christmas and then we thought, ‘Oh no, we can’t do that now and he’s going to be on his own.’ So there was a lot of that going on as well… It almost made me want to give more in the performance, in a way.”

Photo credit: Guy Levy - BBC
Photo credit: Guy Levy - BBC

His dance partner (and two-time Strictly champion in a row) Oti shared a cute Instagram montage of her and Bill behind the scenes during the competition, and thanked her fellow professionals Johannes Radebe, Karen Hauer and Amy Dowden for "lifting her up".

"To everyone who supported strictly and Bill and I," she wrote. "This journey would have not been possible without you, voting every week and really being there for us on a personal I really want to thank the pros and especially @johannesradebe @amy_dowden @karenhauer for holding me up, checking on me (and my bruises body), our chats that kept my chin up and the laughs we shared really being there for each other.

"Johannes I will never forget you saying, 'If you need to stand on my shoulders I will always be here to rise you up.' That goes deeper than anything you’ll ever understand!! 😭 Amy, 'I’ve got your back and will always support you.' I love you guys so so so much. Karen, our Zoom catch-ups!"

She also thanked her family - we defy anyone to have had a dry eye seeing an emotional Motsi during the final on Saturday - and she gave a hilarious piece of advice to her mum.

"And to my family (mama I still think you should leave all the Strictly spoiler groups ) but thank you for teaching how to be strong, to dig deep, to push myself more than I think I can and constantly reminding me how proud you are of me 💪🏾 I am because you are ❤️."

Lorraine airs on weekdays from 9am on ITV.

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