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Strictly winner Bill Bailey on how he nearly set the dancefloor on fire

Strictly winner Bill Bailey has told how he very nearly set the dancefloor alight.

The star explained how he almost caused a fire on the set after he and Jamie missed their ‘count on’ at the very beginning of the show.

He said: “The stage manager said, ‘No I will count you in.’ We said ok… and then Jamie and I were like, ‘We are fine between the two of us we can count to eight’.

“And just as I said that, I kicked over one of the pyrotechnic boxes, tripped over that and nearly fell down the stairs. I was like, ‘We cant be left alone for a second’.

Bill Bailey shares how he nearly set the Strictly dancefloor on fire

I thought that would be a great way to start the show – Bill Bailey has ignited his trousers and he fire alarm goes off, and I fall over and set fire to the studio!”

He said he dedicated his victory to his mum, who was a fan of ballroom dancing.

He said: “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.

Strictly winner Bill Bailey on how he nearly set the dancefloor on fire
The star explained how he almost caused a fire on the set after he and Jamie missed their ‘count on’ at the very beginning of the show

“In fact, she wanted me to take it up when I was a kid. 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.’

Strictly winner Bill Bailey on how he nearly set the dancefloor on fire
He said he dedicated his victory to his mum, who was a fan of ballroom dancing

“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.”

He admitted it had not sunk in yet: “I‘m still in a bit of a daze really. 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.”

Asked if he could feel his toes, he joked: “No, the toes are still on strike. I don’t know what’s up with them. They have just decided to give up. It’s relentless. But yes, I feel great actually. I feel a little bit stiff of leg and arm but otherwise great.”


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