Strict star Bill Bailey reveals collapsed during rehearsal after his legs ‘stopped working’

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Comedian Bill Bailey has revealed he collapsed during one of his last dance rehearsals ahead of Saturday night’s Strictly Come Dancing finale.

The 55-year-old explained that his desire to win this year’s Glitterball pushed him physically over the edge when his “legs stopped working” mid-routine.

Strictly finalist said he was balanced on one knee when he “rocked” to the side in front of his dance partner Oti Mabuse

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Writing in his Strictly Diary column for The Telegraph, he said: “The long day of training must have taken me away from me, and the result was, when I started to stand up, in style, not level. nationally, my legs just stopped working.

“I froze in midair and slowly rolled to one side.

“It looked like I had been hit by a tranquilizer dart, to be put on a flatbed truck and moved to another part of the game reserve,” he joked.

Never Mind The Buzzcocks panelist Bill will take to the BBC’s ballroom one last time on Saturday in an attempt to bring home the glitter ball trophy.

Waltz: Bill competes for the Glitterball trophy with his dance partner Oti Mabuse

Waltz: Bill competes for the Glitterball trophy with his dance partner Oti Mabuse

However, the TV funnyman will face stiff competition from EastEnders actress Maisie Smith, HRVY musician Janette Manrara and reality TV star Jamie Laing in the final.

Earlier this week, Gavin and Stacey actor Rob Brydon said Bill inspired him to appear in the upcoming Strictly Come Dancing series.

The comedian hoped to shatter “dancing daddy” stereotypes by showing “guys his age” that you can be taken seriously in the competition even if you’re around 50.

Professional dancer Oti, 30, said she had prepared the ‘easiest’ routine for Bill’s first appearance on the BBC show – but quickly realized that her celebrity partner was capable to go through much more delicate stages.

Idolatrous: The comedian was hoping to shatter 'dancing daddy' stereotypes by showing 'guys his age' that you can be taken seriously in the competition despite being in your 50s.

Idolatrous: The comedian was hoping to shatter “dancing daddy” stereotypes by showing “guys his age” that you can be taken seriously in the competition even if you’re in your 50s.

She said: “When you come back as the reigning pro you get someone who you can show a little more personality to…

“The first day we went to rehearsal and I did the easiest Cha Cha and he figured it out and I said ‘oh I could be in trouble, it could be a long season’ and I kept pushing and pushing and he did. I did not expect that.

“I talked to comedian Rob Brydon and he’s a big, big fan of Strictly and he said for the first time when he looked at him and saw Bill, he thought, ‘Oh my gosh if I can. Strictly was saying, there is a possibility that I could go far. “

“Because he’s a respectable man and character in English society, if he ever got to Strictly it would be something he would want to do, be taken seriously and really give it all and hopefully go far. “

'He's a big, big fan of Strictly': Oti said comedian Rob Brydon hopes to follow in Bill's footsteps next year by getting high scores and being taken seriously in the competition.

“He’s a big, big fan of Strictly”: Oti said comedian Rob Brydon hopes to follow in Bill’s footsteps next year by getting high scores and being taken seriously in the competition.

Bill added, “If that’s the consequence of my being on this show, that’s wonderful.

“Guys get a bit shy sometimes, especially guys my age, they feel like they’re going to be called the dancer daddy and I think if I show that I can go out and watch a little more than someone who so why not crawl?

“I would love to keep dancing. It’s so much fun that it speeds up and releases.

Viewers praised Bill for his recent weight loss after eight weeks of dance training that left him with a slimmer physique.

Bill said, “I try to stay reasonably fit overall. I wasn’t going in there without any physical form.

'I try to stay reasonably fit in general': Viewers praised Bill for his recent weight loss after eight weeks of dance training which left him with a slimmer physique

“I try to stay reasonably fit in general”: Viewers praised Bill for his recent weight loss after eight weeks of dance training which left him with a slimmer physique

“It had nothing to do with the intensity of the dance training, but it was enough, so when we started it wasn’t so much of a shock. It is extremely hard.

“I only have respect for the dancers and the amount of work they do. I’ve met athletes and sportspeople and you can see they’re fit and toned, but when you meet dancers the way they behave – grace and poise, that’s what takes years and years to achieve.

“Trying to get there in a few days is difficult. But I loved it, absolutely loved it.

Bill, who will be Strictly’s oldest champion if he wins the series on Saturday, performs his Couple’s Choice routine at The Sugarhill Gang’s Rapper’s Delight for the grand finale.

Strictly win: Bill will be the oldest Strictly champion if he wins the series on Saturday

Strictly win: Bill will be the oldest Strictly champion if he wins the series on Saturday

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