Strictly 2020: Bill Bailey strapped THIS religious symbol to his back for training

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The comedian said the odd prop was helping his posture as he learned a quickstep routine from his professional dance partner Oti Mabuse. Speaking on the Graham Norton Show last night, Bill, 55, said of Strictly: “It feels like I’m on a different planet and I absolutely love it. “I am taking it seriously and have even researched the history of dance. I love the idea of it and the process of it. It’s going very well and it’s fantastic fun.”

But he admitted he had little hope of taking the Glitterball trophy, saying: “Obviously my dance history is a little patchy. I didn’t do ballet and I haven’t been to stage school…

“I’m not really Lord of the Dance.

“I’m more caretaker of the dance! It’s going to be quite a challenge!”

But he added: “My late mum would have loved it – I hope she’ll be watching.” 

And he quipped: “I’m hoping to introduce the Hokey Cokey as one of the dances.”

In his book Bill Bailey’s Remarkable Guide to Happiness, published a fortnight ago, he writes: “I can see the appeal of the foxtrot, the tango, the rhumba, the formal nature of it all, the practised moves, the precision… but it’s not really me.” 

Strictly, BBC One, 7.10pm tonight.

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