Strictly fans baffled as Bill Bailey and Oti’s dance ‘invaded’ by unusual guest

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Strictly Come Dancing fans were left scratching their heads when Bill Bailey performed the Quickstep with professional dance partner Oti Mabuse. At the end of their routine, an unusual guest “invaded” the dance floor and those watching at home couldn’t understand what was going on. 

Earlier this week, appearing on It Takes Two, Bill explained the details of his routine. 

With every dance, there is usually a theme or story and for Bill and Oti these week: “There is an animal theme, it’s a bit of a Dr Dr Dolittle vibe going on,” he said. 

“There will be some animals featuring in the dance, I don’t quite know what form, at this stage.

“We will be dancing around them, and there will be an animal vibe to it.”

But fans couldn’t understand the need for a giant fake elephant to appear on the dance floor in the final minutes of their routine. 

Taking to Twitter to comment, one said: “Was that elephant real?”

“How did they get an elephant in the studio?” Another asked clearly confused. 

“Am I hallucinating or did I just see a f******g massive elephant on my screen?” Someone remarked. 

“Yes, an elephant! Of course. Just what I wanted.” Another mentioned. 

“I will just say about your hand shaping when you throw your arm out, just need a little bit more hand shaping,” Craig Revel Horwood began when the judges were asked to comment. 

“But you did my favourite, you kept your thumb down throughout the whole thing. 

“I thought it was absolutely fantastic! Brilliant!” 

Shirley Ballas added: “Last week I talked about your posture because it was all over the place, and today, you come back, you put your arms up and your central line is that of week nine and you do it one week two.

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“I’m absolutely flawed, I want to cry, I want to hug and kiss you.” 

“I am genuinely, honestly super surprised,” Motsi Mabuse said. 

“I was like ‘wow the stamina, the energy, the consistency’. And it was clear, your intentions were clear. I just enjoyed every single minute of that!” 

Bill scored a whopping 24 points for their Quickstep, a huge improvement on last week’s Cha Cha Cha which scored 15 points. 

Tomorrow, one celebrity contestant and their professional dance partner will leave the competition. 

After battling it out on the dance floor this evening, a public vote will open and the most popular will be saved. 

The two with the least amount of votes will go head to head in a dance-off, and the judges will save who they think performed the best. 

Who is set to leave the nation’s favourite dance show after just two weeks? 

Strictly Come Dancing is airing on BBC One now. 


2004 winner: Natasha Kaplinsky

Newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky was the first celebrity to win the BBC dancing series, which originally aired in July of 2004. She was partnered with Brendan Cole. They finished 39 points ahead of competitor Christopher Parker.

2004 winner: Jill Halfpenny

Jill Halfpenny was the second star to impress the judges with her dancing skills. Partnered with Darren Bennett, the pair beat off competition from Julian Clary and Denise Lewis in December of 2004. 

2005 winner: Darren Gough

Cricketer Darren Gough won the third series of Strictly. He and partner Lilia Kopylova wowed audiences but never once finished at the top of the leaderboard.

2006 winner: Mark Ramprakash

Mark Ramprakash was the fourth star to lift the Glitterball Trophy. He was partnered with Karen Hardy and they were the first couple to restart a routine after their initial attempt saw Mark’s mic get caught in Karen’s dress.

2007 winner: Alesha Dixon

Before becoming a Strictly judge, Alesha Dixon won the nation’s hearts and the Glitterball Trophy during the fifth series. She was partnered with professional dancer Matthew Cutler.

2008 winner: Tom Chambers

Holby City star Tom Chambers was partnered with Camilla Dallerup when he won the sixth series. He performed the Foxtrot and Salsa in the final week.

2009 winner: Chris Hollins

BBC Breakfast presenter Chris Hollins and his professional partner Ola Jordan surprised viewers when they beat Ricky Whittle and his partner Natalie Lowe in the final. They wowed with the Foxtrot, Charleston, Lindy Hop and Showdance.

2010 winner: Kara Tointon

Kara Tointon was the eighth celebrity to win Strictly. She danced with Artem Chigvintsev and failed to receive 40 points throughout her time on the show.

2011 winner: Harry Judd

Former McFly star Harry Judd was the ninth star to lift the Glitterball Trophy. He didn’t top the leaderboard until week seven but then scored 40 points twice in the final.

2012 winner: Louis Smith

The tenth series of the BBC show was won by Olympian Louis Smith. He danced his way to victory with professional partner Flavia Cacace. He faced competition from Kimberley Walsh, Denise Van Outen and Danni Harmer in the series finale.

2013 winner: Abbey Clancy

Model Abbey Clancy won series eleven of Strictly alongside partner Alijaz Skorjanec. She was called a “spectacular dancer” with “wonderful posture” by former head judge Len Goodman.

2014 winner: Caroline Flack

Love Island host Caroline Flack took to the dance floor in series 12 where she scooped the Glitterball Trophy with Pasha Kovalev.

2015 winner: Jay McGuiness

Jay McGuiness surprised viewers when he won the thirteenth series of the BBC dancing competition with Aliona Vilani. When he learned he’d won, he told host Tess Daly: “I feel spaced out – it’s really weird.”

2016 winner: Ore Oduba

Ore Oduba won the thirteenth series of the BBC dancing competition with Joanne Clifton.

The sports presenter broke down in tears after beating Danny Mac and Louise Redknapp.

2017 winner: Joe McFadden

Joe McFadden was victorious with professional dance partner Katya Jones. The Holby City star beat off competition from fan favourite Debbie McGee, Gemma Atkinson and Alexandra Burke.

2018 winner: Stacey Dooley

Documentary-maker Stacey fought off competition to make it to the Grand Final of Strictly Come Dancing with professional dance partner Kevin Clifton last year. When they won, Kevin described her as “the most wonderful person”.

2019 winner: Kelvin Fletcher

Late to the Strictly Come Dancing party, Kelvin signed up after Jamie Laing was forced to pull out with an injury. But that didn’t stop the Emmerdale actor from dancing up a storm with professional partner Oti Mabuse.

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