Strictly underdog Bill Bailey becomes frontrunner as fans hail his ‘stunning’ dance

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Strictly Come Dancing underdog Bill Bailey is quickly pulling ahead as a fan favourite.

The comedian and his professional partner Oti Mabuse blew viewers away at the weekend when they performed a street dance for the couple's choice to Rapper's Delight by The Sugarhill Gang.

A survey held by Mirror Online revealed Bill and Oti as the clear winners of the night.

When asked which couple impressed them the most this weekend, 50% of Strictly fans chose Bill and Oti.

They were chosen as the most impressive couple by 740 people, who said their dance was "stunning", "brilliant" and packed with "clever choreography".

Bill and Oti are the clear fan favourites
(Image: BBC/Guy Levy)

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Fans said they "loved" Bill and Oti's "amazing" routine and hailed Bill's "energy".

Clara Amfo and her partner Aljaz Skorjanec came second in our survey with 19% of the vote for their Charleston to Baby Face by Julie Andrews.

Bottom of the pile were Maisie Smith and Gorka Marquez, with 4% of the vote for their Cha Cha to Girls Just Want To Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper, and Max George and Dianne Buswell, with 3% of the vote for their American Smooth to It Had To Be You by Harry Connick Jr.

The two pairs subsequently landed in the bottom with the judges deciding to send Max and Dianne home.

Mirror readers felt JJ and Amy should have been sent home
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When our readers were asked which couple should have been sent home after their dance, they said it was JJ Chalmers and his partner Amy Dowden who should have been sent packing after their Jive to Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy by Bette Midler.

They received 431 votes (30%), with our readers saying their dance was "not good enough".

Others felt they had "no chemistry" and that it has been a "poor performance".

Max and Dianne came second in the survey, receiving 23% of the vote.

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Max and Dianne were sent home after landing in the bottom two with Maisie and Gorka
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Bill and Oti proved to be the firm favourites again, with just 1% of people voting that they should have been the couple going home last weekend.

Strictly fans were happy to see the show going ahead during the coronavirus pandemic, but it hasn't been without its drama.

The show's first ever same-sex couple Nicola Adams and Katya Jones were forced to drop out of the contest when Katya tested positive for coronavirus.

Judge Bruno Tonioli was already forced to miss the show this year as he was unable to travel back and forth from America where he is a judge on Dancing With The Stars.

Anton du Beke stepped in as a judge last week and will again this week after Motsi Mabuse was forced to self-isolate.

* Strictly Come Dancing airs Saturdays and Sundays on BBC One

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