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'Bill Bailey is Strictly's dark horse,' says show's judge


Craig Revel Horwood

Craig Revel Horwood

Craig Revel Horwood

Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood has dubbed Bill Bailey "the dark horse of the competition", as he revealed he would like to see the comedian in the final.

Bailey and professional partner Oti Mabuse earned a 10 from judge Shirley Ballas and are in the top three on the leader board following their dance on Saturday.

Speaking on ITV's Lorraine, Revel Horwood said: "To be honest I am secretly actually loving Bill Bailey. I adore him, he just shocks me. 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 doesn't look like the type or the type of character.

"I love him, I would love to see him in the final. I think he is brilliant, the dark horse of the competition.

"I also think Maisie is fantastic as well, fantastic technique, great hip action."

EastEnders actress Masie Smith and her partner Gorka Marquez dodged elimination in Sunday's dance-off as Max George left the competition.


Professional dancer Anton Du Beke has been a guest judge on the panel while Motsi Mabuse self-isolates following an "urgent" trip to Germany.

Revel Horwood said: "It was like a three-year-old coming in, sitting in his podium.

"I was absolutely delighted, darling, that finally he got the chance. Now I think he is going to be a little bit like Trump - difficult to remove."

The TV judge and dancer also spoke about Covid-19 restrictions on the BBC One series.

"I have got into the swing of it. It was difficult at first as we were so used to obviously hand-shaking, hugging one another, being two metres apart from everybody in the studio is really, really difficult," he said.