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Last weekend, Oti Mabuse and Bill Bailey performed their Couple’s Choice routine to Rapper’s Delight and received their highest score of the series, with 27 points. They’ve come a long way since Bill first took to the Strictly Come Dancing dance floor and earned a score of 15 for his Cha Cha Cha. That’s partly down to the way the couple have been training with Oti admitting she had to change her approach to how she coached Bill.
Appearing on It Takes Two this week, Oti explained she realised she was training with Bill in a way which didn’t work for the comedian.
Host Zoe Ball remarked: “It’s not your typical Strictly dance but when did you know it was going to be a hit for Bill?”
“Well, I didn’t know it was going to be a hit until the moment,” Oti replied.
“But you know what, Bill has thing about him where he loves to perform and I love the performer in him.
“I think we reached a level where I kept saying to him, ‘Calm down! Calm down!’ and then I realise, ‘Oh no, that’s the wrong thing to do.’
“When I tell him to calm down, and the he goes online, he goes crazy.
“So I say, ‘Let’s go rehearse one more time and let’s go full out and just go for it,’ so I know what to expect.
“And he did and then rehearsed at that high peak and I was so, so proud because he got everything technically and he went full out.”
Zoe added: “Now you know you are speaking the same language and you know the level he is going to go at.”
Tonight, Bill and Oti will be performing the American Smooth to I’ve Got You Under My Skin and will be hoping they can make the top of the leaderboard this week.
Bill’s odds of winning this year’s series have been dramatically cut to just 4/6.
He also looks safe from elimination with his odds of being booted off on Sunday night prices at 50/1.
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Meanwhile, Ladbrokes make Caroline 6/4 in the betting to be the next celebrity eliminated from Strictly, with JJ Chalmers close behind at 7/4.
Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “Bill’s got the series wrapped up already as far as the odds are concerned, but it looks as though Caroline’s time on the dance floor is all-but over.”
It’s not just the viewers and judges who Bill is impressing with his routines.
After his Couple’s Choice routine, Janet Jackson shared her appreciation for the performance.
Sharing a clip of Oti and Bill’s routine, Janet posted on her Twitter account: “Nice! #GoinIN • @BillBailey @OtiMabuse @bbcstrictly.”
Bill is going from strength to strength with judge Craig Revel Horwood adding he was “secretly loving” his routines.
“Every time I see him dance, I am surprised, amazed and delighted. I never thought for one moment he would be able to do it,” he said on Lorraine.
Strictly Come Dancing airs tonight on BBC One at 7.15pm.
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