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Strictly’s Bill Bailey focuses on the Glitterball trophy after Tier 3 freezes plans for one-man show

As London moves into the dreaded Tier 3, Bill Bailey finds himself cancelling a slew of stage dates over Christmas and the New Year.

But the comedian, 55, is looking on the bright side – fixing his sights firmly on the Glitterball trophy during this weekend’s Strictly Come Dancing finale.

While Bill told The Mirror this week how he’s dealing with his scuppered one man show plans, The Sun have also shone a spotlight on Bill’s public financial accounts, claiming he’s got a cool £1m in the bank to see him through the rest of the pandemic.

Postponed: As London moves into the dreaded Tier 3, Bill Bailey finds himself cancelling a slew of stage dates over Christmas and the New Year

Talking about the one man show plans, Bill told The Mirror: ‘Going forward, we’ll see what the restrictions allow and whether people feel comfortable doing it.

‘I think people are still very wary about it because we see what happens when restrictions are relaxed.’

Tier 3 sees London go backwards, with restaurants and bars closing once again for eating in, and theatre venues going dark once more.

But with the vaccine creating a glimmer of hope, Bill added: ‘I think the vaccine will give people reassurance they can go out and enjoy all the things that they have done before.’

Eyes on the prize: But the comedian, 55, is looking on the bright side - fixing his sights firmly on the Glitterball trophy during this weekend's Strictly Come Dancing finale [pictured with pro partner Oti Mabuse]

Eyes on the prize: But the comedian, 55, is looking on the bright side – fixing his sights firmly on the Glitterball trophy during this weekend’s Strictly Come Dancing finale [pictured with pro partner Oti Mabuse]

Glitter and gold: While Bill told The Mirror this week how he's dealing with his scuppered one man show plans, The Sun have also shone a spotlight on Bill's public financial accounts, claiming he's got a cool £1m in the bank to see him through the rest of the pandemic

Glitter and gold: While Bill told The Mirror this week how he’s dealing with his scuppered one man show plans, The Sun have also shone a spotlight on Bill’s public financial accounts, claiming he’s got a cool £1m in the bank to see him through the rest of the pandemic

It’s likely things won’t look too bright again until the spring; but The Sun claims Bill has nothing to worry about in the financial department.

Souring through his public records, the publication says that Bill has £887,000 worth of profits and £1,231,857 in assets across three companies, with further cash stowed away in a property firm – Kampung Pala Properties.

Bill’s businesses are co-run with Kristin Bailey, his wife, including Glassbox Productions which reports £747,441 in assets.

A second company, Beinzeit, boasts a net worth of £176,340, with third business, Glassbox Rights, boasting a £116,265 net worth. 

Stiff competition: Bill will battle HRVY [pictured] and Maisie Smith for the win this weekend

Stiff competition: Bill will battle HRVY and Maisie Smith [pictured] for the win this weekend

Stiff competition: Bill will battle HRVY and Maisie Smith for the win this weekend

Also up: Jamie Laing and Karen Hauer are also in the final

Also up: Jamie Laing and Karen Hauer are also in the final

MailOnline has contacted a rep for Bill for comment.

The BBC has revealed the dances this year’s final four couples will tackle in Saturday’s Strictly finale.

Each pair will perform three dances in the live final, the Judges Pick, the Showdance and their favourite dance of the series in a bid to win enough votes to be crowned champion.

Leading the performances will be Bill’s reprisal of his viral Couple’s Choice to Rapper’s Delight, while Maisie Smith will get viewers into the festive spirit with a Christmas-themed Showdance.

Strength in numbers: Jamie and Karen will once again dance their Hercules-themed Charleston as their Judges Pick

Strength in numbers: Jamie and Karen will once again dance their Hercules-themed Charleston as their Judges Pick

STRICTLY 2020 FINAL DANCES 

JUDGES PICK

Maisie Smith and Gorka Marquez – Samba to Samba (Conga) by Gloria Estefan

HRVY and Janette Manrara – Jive to Faith by Stevie Wonder feat. Ariana Grande

Bill Bailey and Oti Mabuse – Quickstep to Talk To The Animals by Bobby Darin

Jamie Laing and Karen Hauer – Charleston to Zero To Hero from Hercules

SHOWDANCE

HRVY and Janette –  Boogie Wonderland by Brittany Murphy

Bill and Oti – The Show Must Go On by Queen

Jamie and Karen – I’m Still Standing by Taron Egerton

Maisie and Gorka – We Need A Little Christmas by Idina Menzel

FAVOURITE DANCE

Jamie and Karen – Couple’s Choice to Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) by C+C Music Factory

Maisie and Gorka – Quickstep to When You’re Smiling by Andy Williams

HRVY and Janette – American Smooth to One (Singular Sensation) from A Chorus Line 

Bill and Oti – Couple’s Choice to Rapper’s Delight from The Sugarhill Gang

First up each couple will take on the Judges Choice, a dance they performed earlier in the series which the panel would like to see again to show how much they’ve improved since the series began.

For Bill and his professional partner Oti Mabuse it’ll be their Quickstep to Talk To The Animals by Bobby Darin, which previously earned them a score of 24 out of 30. 

Maisie and Gorka Marquez will reprise their very first dance in the Strictly ballroom, the Samba to Samba (Conga) by Gloria Estefan, which previously scored 24 out of 30.

Energetic: Maisie and Gorka Marquez will reprise their very first dance in the Strictly ballroom, the Samba to Samba (Conga) by Gloria Estefan

Energetic: Maisie and Gorka Marquez will reprise their very first dance in the Strictly ballroom, the Samba to Samba (Conga) by Gloria Estefan

HRVY and Janette Manrara will once again dance the Jive to Faith by Stevie Wonder feat. Ariana Grande, which saw them top the leaderboard in Week One with 25 points out of 30.

Finally Jamie will don his toga and red wig once again to take on the role of Hercules, as he dances the Charleston to Zero To Hero from the 1998 film, which scored him 23 out of 30 during Movie Week.

Up next each couple will take on the much-anticipated Showdance, a performance with only one rule – there aren’t any.

Maisie and Gorka will get viewers into the festive spirit with a dance to We Need A Little Christmas by Idina Menzel, while Bill and Oti will perform to Queen’s The Show Must Go On.

Non-stop! HRVY and Janette Manrara will once again dance the Jive to Faith by Stevie Wonder feat. Ariana Grande, which saw them top the leaderboard in Week One

Non-stop! HRVY and Janette Manrara will once again dance the Jive to Faith by Stevie Wonder feat. Ariana Grande, which saw them top the leaderboard in Week One

Jamie and Karen will channel Elton John in the 2019 film Rocketman by dancing to Taron Egerton’s cover of the hit I’m Still Standing, and HRVY and Janette are set to perform to Brittany Murphy’s cover of Boogie Wonderland.

As the four couples take to the floor for the last time they’ll perform their favourite dance of the series.

For Maisie and Gorka it’s the Quickstep to Andy Williams’ When You’re Smiling, which scored them 29 points out of 30, while HRVY and Janette will tackle the American Smooth to One (Singular Sensation) from A Chorus Line, which also scored 29.

Gorgeous: For their favourite dance of the series, Maisie and Gorka will perform the Quickstep to Andy Williams' When You're Smiling

Gorgeous: For their favourite dance of the series, Maisie and Gorka will perform the Quickstep to Andy Williams’ When You’re Smiling

After it became a viral sensation earlier this year, Bill and Oti will reprise their Couple’s Choice to Rapper’s Delight from The Sugarhill Gang, which scored 27 out of 30. 

Jamie and Karen will also reprise their Couple’s Choice to Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) by C+C Music Factory.

On Sunday Ranvir Singh and Giovanni Pernice narrowly missed out on a place in the Strictly final after the judges opted to save Jamie in the dance-off.

The final will also feature a performance from Robbie Williams, along with a group dance by the class of 2020.

Strictly Come Dancing: The Final airs on Saturday at 6pm on BBC One.  


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