Bill Bailey received a special message from The Sugarhill Gang after his 'Strictly Come Dancing' routine.

Oti Mabuse and Bill Bailey

Oti Mabuse and Bill Bailey

The 55-year-old comedian delighted the judges and viewers as he and Oti Mabuse performed their Couples' Choice to the hip hop trio's hit 'Rapper's Delight'.

Writing in his column for the Daily Telegraph newspaper, he said: "I have had many supportive and complimentary messages since, not least a tweet from The Wurzels, who declared that 'the West Country wizard nailed it'.

"High praise indeed, and perhaps this accolade could not have been bettered.

"That was until today, when all three members of the actual Sugarhill Gang sent me a personal video message of congratulations, and thanks for using their song.

"I am still a little dazed by it all to be honest, but in a good way. I’ve even become a Gif."

Bill admitted he has even surprised himself with his top quality performances on the BBC Latin and ballroom show, but he's pleased to prove everyone wrong.

He added: "I am just happy to still be in the competition, but it makes me smile to have confounded people’s expectations.

"So much so, that my odds of winning the show itself have dramatically come down, to the point I am now the bookies’ favourite."

This weekend is what is usually reserved as Blackpool Week for the contestants as they typically head to the iconic Tower Ballroom - although Bill's experience of the seaside town is "somewhat different".

He said: "I have to say my experience of Blackpool is somewhat different, more fish-and-chips and donkey based, rather than mythical dance mecca.

"Oti’s lifelong affection for the place has made me see it in a new light.

"Of course, we can’t actually go to Blackpool this year, so the challenge to the show’s producers is, for the first time, to bring the spirit of the ballroom under the Tower to the studio."

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