Strictly champion Bill Bailey proudly flaunts his Glitterball trophy as he puts on a VERY jubilant display after winning the show with pro Oti Mabuse
He became the oldest ever champion in Strictly Come Dancing history after being declared this year’s winner during Saturday night’s final.
And Bill Bailey looked jubilant as he flaunted his Glitterball trophy by proudly holding it outside a car window while making his way home after the show.
The comedian, 55, made a celebratory gesture with his other hand, as he reached out into the rain and showcased his hard-earned prize.
Time to celebrate! Bill Bailey looked jubilant as he flaunted his Glitterball trophy by proudly holding it outside a car window while making his way home after the final on Saturday
Bill’s pro partner Oti was also seen leaving the studios, happily doing a thumbs up while sat in a car with a face mask on.
The dancer appeared to be in a reflective mood as she processed the exciting events of the evening which made her a double champion of the show.
And although not clutching the coveted Glitterball trophy, Strictly’s other finalists also seemed to be in good spirits as they made their way home.
Maisie Smith beamed a smile as she waved at the camera and rocked a colourful blue hoodie and white padded jacket.
Winners! Professional dancer Oti Mabuse also appeared to be in great spirits as she did a thumbs up after becoming a double champion on the show
HRVY also smiled as he headed out after impressing the judges with three dance routines alongside his pro partner Janette Manrara.
While Katya Jones and Nicola Adams were also seen sharing a cab after they rejoined the show for a special dance routine following their exit earlier in the series when the dancer tested positive for COVID-19.
Jacqui Smith, who was the first to be voted out of the show, was also in great spirits as she sat in her car.
While pro dancers Giovanni Pernice and Dianne Buswell – who was accompanied by boyfriend Joe Sugg – also headed home in separate cars.
What a night! The comedian, 55, made a celebratory gesture with his other hand as he reached out into the rain and showcased his hard-earned prize
2020 champ: Bill reached out of the car as he made his final exit from the studios
Victory! Bill and Oti were crowned the winners of Strictly Come Dancing 2020 on Saturday
And following a thrilling series, judges Craig Revel Horwood and Shirley Ballas appeared delighted as they left the studio.
Speaking after the news was announced on the live show, Bill paid tribute to his professional partner for ‘turning him into a dancer
The victory also turned Oti into Strictly’s first ever back-to-back champion after she first won the show in 2019 with Kelvin Fletcher.
She praised her celebrity partner for being ‘a friend, father figure and brother,’ after they beat HRVY, Maisie Smith and Jamie Laing in the final.
Taking it all in: The dancer appeared to be in a reflective mood as she processed the exciting events of the evening which made her a double champion of the show
What an effort: Maisie Smith also looked sensational after impressing the judges with her final three dance routines
Big scorer: Maisie and Gorka Marquez received two 29s and a 30 on the night
Memories: Finalist HRVY, 21, also beamed a smile after competing in the grand finale
Soak it up! HRVY wore a clear plastic face shield as he made his way home
As they prepared to lift the Glitterball trophy, Bill said: ‘It feels surreal, it feels extraordinary, it feels wonderful, I never thought we’d get to the final but I had the most extraordinary teacher, the most extraordinary dancer, who believed in me right from the beginning and she found something in me and turned me into a dancer.’
Oti fought back tears as she said: ‘I think you are amazing, remarkable Bill Bailey, you just put your heart into everything.
‘You’re in your world, but I love your world and I always want to be a part of you, thank you for being a friend, thank you for being a father figure and a brother and for this!’ as she gestured to the sparkling trophy.’
Special appearance: Past contestants from the series returned for a final dance (pictured Clara Amfo)
They’re back! Katya Jones and Nicola Adams shared a cab after they rejoined the show for a special dance routine following their exit earlier in the series when the dancer tested positive for COVID-19
Time to rest! Oti donned a face mask and warm green jacket
Processing: Oti also had a Glitterball trophy in the car with her, carefully placed next to her on the backseat
Earlier in the show Bill and Oti delivered a fierce Showdance complete with pyrotechnics, lifts, and plenty of drama, to Queen’s The Show Must Go On with even Craig gushing it ‘reeked of desperation and he loved it.’
The duo received their first ever 30 for the performance, and the first perfect score of the evening, with Bill fighting back tears as he vowed the dance was a symbol of the nation carrying on during such unprecedented times.
It came after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced earlier in the day that much of London and the South East would be plunged into a new Tier 4 just days before Christmas.
She’s off: Jacqui Smith, who was the first to be voted out of the show, was also in great spirits as she sat in her car
Long night? Giovanni Pernice looked weary as he headed home
Golden couple: Pro dancer Dianne Buswell and boyfriend Joe Sugg headed off together
What a night: After a thrilling series, Craig Revel Horwood appeared delighted as he left the studio
What’s up? Shirley Ballas appeared to be gesturing to somebody as she sat in her car
He told Claudia: ‘The restrictions are going to be harder. People are going to be isolated over Christmas. This is not just a song about the arts. This is an anthem about not giving up, keeping hope. Getting through this. The show must go on.’
The hosts also took a moment to thank the show’s crew for keeping the show afloat during the pandemic, saying much of their team made ‘huge sacrifices’ to ensure the series could go ahead.
Tess later took to Instagram to congratulate the pair, as she shared a snap of Bill and Oti lifting the Glitterball trophy.
She penned the caption: ‘BILL & OTI⭐️ Our very worthy winners from a breathtaking FINAL (despite the fact we went into it with bad news for all beforehand.) I really hope you enjoyed it ❤️ I for one will miss the dancing on Saturday nights xx.’
Sweet: The comedian paid tribute to his professional partner for ‘turning him into a dancer’
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