Strictly: Bill Bailey says Rose Ayling-Ellis will win this year

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Strictly Come Dancing winner Bill Bailey has opened up about dancing with a partner who hasn’t been vaccinated against coronavirus on the popular BBC show. The comedian, 56, who won the show in last year’s series with dance pro Oti Mabuse, told how he ruled out performing with an unvaccinated dancer saying that it “wasn’t worth the risk”.

We’re still not out of this by any means

Bill Bailey

When asked whether he would have danced with a partner who hadn’t been vaccinated, The Famous Five singer revealed that it would have been a hard no.

Bill said: “I wouldn’t. I just don’t think it’s worth the risk.”

The star added that the coronavirus pandemic is still not over.

“We’re still not out of this by any means,” he said.

Speaking about his partnership with Oti, the Never Mind The Buzzcocks star told how they were both determined to win.

He said: “We sussed that out about each other very early on.

“Here we are, from very different backgrounds, different generations and on the face of it we don’t have much in common, but actually it turns out we have a lot in common.

“We’re very driven, very ambitious and we want to try to dedicate ourselves to whatever dance we’re doing that week,” he explained to The Times.

The funnyman had previously revealed that he was concerned he’d be a “health risk” while competing on the dance show.

Bill confessed that his expectations going into the competition were “low”.

He said: “I was genuinely concerned that I’d pose a health risk.

“Not just flat-footed but actually a danger due to my innate clumsiness.”

The performer went on to admit that he’d been having nightmares about burning down the Strictly studio thanks to his “clumsy” dancing.

“I had an anxiety dream where I set fire to Elstree Studios by tango-ing the wrong way and kicking over some lights,” he said.

“I’d be standing there, surrounded by devastation, while Craig Revel Horwood held up a ‘one’ and said, witheringly: ‘It was a disaster, darling, you’ve burned the ballroom down,'” he told The Guardian.

Last December the star won the coveted Glitterball Trophy and became the oldest contestant to win the dance show.

Bating the likes of HRVY, Jamie Laing and Maisie Smith, Bill and Oti performed to Queen’s The Show Must Go On.

Following his win, the star told how he now believes that older contestants will feel like they have just as much chance as younger contestants.

Strictly Come Dancing continues tonight at 6.45pm on BBC One.

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