Strictly Come Dancing 2020 Final, review: message of hope as Bill Bailey and Oti Mabuse crowned champions

After one of the most extraordinary ever seasons of Strictly Come Dancing (BBC One), comedian Bill Bailey and pro dancer Oti Mabuse have claimed the Glitterball trophy. They finished ahead of YouTube pop star HRVY, Made in Chelsea’s Jamie Laing and EastEnders actress Maisie Smith in an exciting and keenly contested final featuring tears, cheers and the celebrities overcoming some of their deepest choreography-related fears. 

“It feels surreal, it feels extraordinary, it feels wonderful,” said a shocked Bailey. “I never thought we’d get this far.”

But the true Christmas miracle was that Strictly’s 18th season had gone ahead at all at a time of huge uncertainty. The gloom had intensified earlier in the day as the Government announced a new Tier 4 lockdown for London and much of the South East and East.

The disappointing news was acknowledged. Said Bailey, with tears in his eyes after his show dance to Queen’s The Show Must Go On: “Now… we’ve found out the restrictions are going be harder, people are going to be isolated at Christmas, this is not just a song about the arts, this is an anthem about not giving up, keeping hope… this is what it is: the show must go on – it’s about being strong and getting through all this.”

This message of hope and perseverance was stressed again in the big closing group number as the pro dancers and contestants grooved to Monty Python’s Always Look on the Bright Side of Life. 

Bailey’s performances throughout Strictly will go down as among the most heart-warming in the history of the series. When the 55 year-old stand-up and heavy metal fan was unveiled as a contestant he was widely written off as this year’s token embarrassing dad. 

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