Strictly’s Bill Bailey overjoyed to reunite with Oti Mabuse for first time since win

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Strictly Come Dancing winners Bill Bailey and Oti Mabuse have reunited for the first time since nabbing the infamous Glitterball Trophy.

Bill, 55, revealed that he was over the moon to be back in the presence of professional dancer Oti, who made his experience on the BBC One dance competition ‘unforgettable’.

The 2020 winners joined Helen Skelton on Steph’s Packed Lunch on Friday to reminisce about their epic win.

Funnyman Bill insisted that he still hasn’t quite come around to the idea that he championed the competition, ahead of EastEnders Maisie Smith, Made In Chelsea’s Jamie Laing, and YouTuber HRVY.

“It was a surprise to me”, he laughed.

Strictly Come Dancing winners Bill Bailey and Oti Mabuse have reunited for the first time since nabbing the infamous Glitterball Trophy
(Image: PA)

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“I am thrilled, it still hasn’t quite sunk in yet and this is the first time Oti and I have met since that night.”

When quizzed by host Helen on what he thought the public’s perspective of him was ahead of the show, Bill admitted that he felt as though people would never have believed in him.

“I think people thought I would be a novelty item for a few weeks, a bit of a comedy dancer, maybe a bit of a dad dancer, he’ll be fun for a couple of weeks and then people will think they’ve had enough of this,” he explained.

Bill said he was 'overjoyed' to be back with Oti
(Image: Steph’s Packed Lunch on Channel 4)

However, as the weeks went on, Bill began to prove time and time again that he was an exceptional dancer, and he soon won the hearts of the nation – much to his surprise.

The much-loved TV star went on: “Week 4 was the turning point really when people thought I could actually dance; it was a bit of a surprise to me.

Oti opened up about the importance of Strictly in 2020
(Image: Steph’s Packed Lunch on Channel 4)

“My whole family have been blown away. I think everyone has been a bit taken aback by it.”

During the candid chat, Oti and Bill also shared their thoughts on this year’s Dancing On Ice lineup, and who they hope will win the show.

The pair lifted the lid on who they feel will prosper in this year's Dancing On Ice
(Image: Steph’s Packed Lunch on Channel 4)

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Bill and Oti also discussed Dancing on Ice, with Oti throwing her support behind Lady Leshurr.

Oti said: “I’m looking forward to seeing the new pros… I’m interested to get to know them and to see Lady Leshurr, I like her.”

Meanshile, Bill added: “It’s dangerous! It’s crazy! Dancing on the ground is hard enough, never mind ice!”

Steph’s Packed Lunch airs weekdays at 12.30pm on Channel 4.

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