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Strictly trolls claim Bill Bailey’s win was a ‘fix’ as partner Oti Mabuse’s sister Motsi is a judge

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STRICTLY trolls are claiming Bill Bailey and Oti Mabuse’s Glitterball win last night was a fix – because Oti’s sister Motsi is on the judging panel.

Viewers fell in love with the comedian’s progression from novice dancer to ballroom king, but a minority have said it’s nepotism that Oti has won back to back crowns since her older sibling joined the show.

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Bill and Oti struck up a strong friendship over the course of the show[/caption]

One wrote on Twitter: “Strictly Come Dancing is a fix, you trying to tell me that someone thought bill and oti were better then the rest of the dancers. #StrictlyFinal.”

A second posted: “Are you having a laugh!! Bill is better dancer than the other 3???? I’m never going to vote again. It’s a fix and conning you out of money #Strictly.”

As a third said: “For Oti Mubusi to win 2 years running both years with her sister as judge just shows how standards in public life don’t matter in UK. Making sure your family and friends get everything is the order of the day here now. Total fix. I shall no longer watch Strictly come nepotism.”

Comedian Bill’s win made him the oldest ever Strictly champ at 55.

Tears streaked double Glitterball champ Oti’s face after hosts Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman announced the couple as winners.

Bill Bailey and Oti Mabuse were stunned by the result
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Oti sobbed after being crowned winner[/caption]

She jumped for joy and was left wide-eyed over the victory, while Bill looked stunned as he raised his hands to his head.

The suited pair hugged and screamed before putting their hands on the prestigious telly prize.

While Oti’s sister Motsi was left sobbing behind her judging desk, overjoyed for her younger sibling’s unlikely win at the end of the most difficult Strictly series ever.

Bill was lauded as an inspiration to “Dad dancers” after his extraordinary progress during the series from a novice to a ballroom winner.

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The double winner couldn’t believe it[/caption]
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Motsi Mabuse was overwhelmed for her sister[/caption]

He beat the record of the oldest champion by 13 years — Holby City actor Joe McFadden was 42 when he lifted the Glitterball Trophy in 2017.

His odds at one point with the bookies were 66-1.

After being announced the winner, Bill said: “It feels surreal, it feels extraordinary, it feels wonderful. I never thought we would get this far.”

He thanked dance partner Oti Mabuse saying “she turned me into a dancer”.

The 55-year-old couldn’t believe he had won

Oti said to Bill: “I think you are amazing, remarkable.

“You just put your heart into everything, you put your soul into everything.

“You’re in your world, but I love your world. Thank you for being a friend, a father figure to me, a brother and for this (the trophy).”

Bill, who is married to Kristin and has a 17-year-old son Dax, told earlier how the show had changed his life and made him stronger.

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The Strictly 2020 champions[/caption]

He said: “I think that certainly Strictly has added a bit of spice to my day job.

“It gives you a degree of toughness. Dancing live on television in front of millions of people is one of the most nerve-wracking things I think I’ve ever done.

“And I’ve done a few things. I’ve jumped out of planes, I’ve been sky diving, I’ve whitewater rafted, I’ve played in front of thousands of people at rock festivals.

“But this is something totally different.

The couple embraced before bursting into tears

“This is out of my comfort zone, into a completely different arena.

“But being able to do it, being able to pull it off, and with some degree of success as well, and not just about getting through it, actually committing fully to the performance, giving it my all, finding the steps and putting a bit of style into it as well, which is something I never expected, is really something special.”

At the start of last night’s final co-host Tess Daly — just minutes after Boris Johnson sent most of the nation into Christmas lockdown — told millions of viewers: “If ever people needed cheering up, it’s now.

“After another tough day, we are going to try our very best to keep you entertained with an unforgettable night of dance.”

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Bill pipped Jamie Laing, Maisie Smith and HRVY to the post[/caption]
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HRVY and Janette Manrara lost out in the final[/caption]

Acid-tongue judge Craig Revel Horwood vowed to be nice, saying: “In light of the recent news, I’ve decided I’m going to be positive. You may not recognise me.”

On last night’s final, the four couples had to perform three routines each.

The finalists were HRVY and Janette Manrara, Maisie Smith and Gorka Marquez, Jamie Laing and Karen Hauer, and Bill Bailey and Oti Mabuse.

Bill got 29 points for the quick step, then a perfect 30 score for the show dance and a mark of 29 for the couple’s choice.

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Jamie Laing was praised for his ‘fight back energy’[/caption]
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Bill Bailey and Oti Mabuse finished joint first on the leaderboard[/caption]

HRVY had kicked off the show with a jive, saying he would give the trophy to his grandmother if he won.

Shirley said Maisie’s samba, her first dance, was “absolutely exceptional, fantastic”.

Fellow judge Motsi added: “You are a changed woman. It was amazing, out of this world.”

They got 29 points for that dance.

Maisie Smith was in tears about her incredible Strictly experience

In a comedy moment Jamie Laing’s sister Emily asked for Giovanni Pernice’s phone number in a recorded video message sent in to the show.

He and Karen Hauer got 26 points for the Charleston, his first routine.

He said he felt “proud” being in the final having ended up in the bottom dance-off four times during the series.

Former Olympic boxing champion Nicola Adams made a return to the show with dance partner Katya Jones — who had to pull out earlier in the series with Covid.

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Maisie Smith was in floods of tears after the compliments[/caption]
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Maisie performing the Showdance with Gorka[/caption]

They made history as Strictly’s first same-sex couple.

Just before the winner was crowned all of the couples from the series reunited for a group dance to Sweet Caroline.

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