Strictly star Hamza Yassin reflects on his ‘trust-based’ with Jowita Przystal


Strictly Come Dancing winners Hamza Yassin and Jowita Przystal have discussed their strong bond and ‘trust-based’ relationship following their success on the show.

The wildlife presenter, 32, and the professional dancer, 28, appeared on Tuesday’s episode of the One Show to discuss their winning stint.

Their appearance came after Hamza reportedly unfollowed Jowita’s rumoured love interest Giovanni Pernice amid claims he is ‘devastated’ by their relationship.

Close: Strictly Come Dancing winners Hamza Yassin and Jowita Przystal have discussed their strong bond and ‘trust-based’ relationship following their success on the show

However the dancing duo put on a united front during their TV interview, as they discussed how they built trust when completing lifts on the show.

Hamza said: ‘There was a lot of pressure, Jowita said the best thing when I lifted her for the first time she said she felt safe in my arms.

He continued: ‘When we practice the lifts, she’d give instructions. I would be ready with one eye half closed. But we figured it out quite quickly.

Delighted: The wildlife presenter, 32, and the professional dancer, 28, appeared on Tuesday's episode of the One Show to discuss their winning stint

Delighted: The wildlife presenter, 32, and the professional dancer, 28, appeared on Tuesday’s episode of the One Show to discuss their winning stint

Jowita added: ‘The most important thing is the trust. He felt safe because I felt safe. But he never dropped me.’

Discussing his feelings after the win, Hamza said: ‘I say this all the time. I thought I was going out week two, the first time someone can go out.

‘We have this thing every week where I hold Jowita’s thumb and I say and lean in thank you very much, it’s been great but I’m ready for the dance off, here we go.’

The One Show: Their appearance came after Hamza reportedly unfollowed Jowita's rumoured love interest Giovanni Pernice amid claims he is 'devastated' by their relationship

The One Show: Their appearance came after Hamza reportedly unfollowed Jowita’s rumoured love interest Giovanni Pernice amid claims he is ‘devastated’ by their relationship

Jowita sweetly added: ‘And I say it’s not over yet, there’s one more chance, it’s not over yet.’

Recalling Jowita’s words, Hamza said: ‘We can do this, you’re good. It’s a really process – I just didn’t think I could dance. You were fantastic, at bringing everything out, knowing my strengths and weaknesses.’

Jowita then remembered their first meeting and admitted she ‘knew in her bones’ that her partnership with Hamza would be a success.

Opening up: However the dancing duo put on a united front during their TV interview, as they discussed how they built trust when completing lifts on the show

Opening up: However the dancing duo put on a united front during their TV interview, as they discussed how they built trust when completing lifts on the show

She said: ‘I still can’t believe it tbh, it’s not about me, it’s all about Hamza. Meeting him at the lighthouse, I felt in my bones it was going to be great. 

‘I was already picturing what we’d be like on the show. We worked so well together from the first moment.’

‘I was so driven by him and his love for wildlife, everything he brings to the table. He is my drive.’

When he learned of his spot on the show, Hamza told a polar bear he was with on location that would be appearing on the dancing competition.

Hamza said: 'There was a lot of pressure, Jowita said the best thing when I lifted her for the first time she said she felt safe in my arms'

Hamza said: ‘There was a lot of pressure, Jowita said the best thing when I lifted her for the first time she said she felt safe in my arms’

Hamza said: ‘I’ve not been back since – it’s out on TV now, I can point out which one. When I go back I’ll make sure to tell him.’

They are set to join the Strictly Come Dancing arena tour later this year. 

Jowita said: ‘It’s going to be amazing, we’re bringing the live show to the arenas. There will a lot of dancing, a lot of different dancing. There will be emotions, crying and laughing.

Discussing his feelings after the win, Hamza said: 'I say this all the time. I thought I was going out week two, the first time someone can go out'

Discussing his feelings after the win, Hamza said: ‘I say this all the time. I thought I was going out week two, the first time someone can go out’

‘It will be a big celebration of what we’ve done throughout the season. It will be a thank you for the support we’ve got.

Hamza said: ‘I know it’s going to be so different to wildlife, it’s a small group and you’re somewhere remote. So this will be a different experience but the group we’ve got are great.’

Earlier in the evening, Hamza and Jowita appeared in great spirits as they head into the BBC studios.

Hamza cut a dapper figure in a grey blazer, teamed with a colourful shirt and a pair of blue jeans.

Beaming: Earlier in the evening, Hamza and Jowita appeared in great spirits as they head into the BBC studios

Beaming: Earlier in the evening, Hamza and Jowita appeared in great spirits as they head into the BBC studios

He added a pair of smart brown shoes, while carrying a large orange bag and water bottle. 

Meanwhile, Jowita looked effortlessly chic in a long blue coat, teamed with cream knee-high boots.

She accessorised with a stylish Burberry scarf, while her brunette locks were styled in loose curls. 

It comes after Hamza reportedly unfollowed Giovanni after the professional dancer allegedly begun a romance with Hamza’s dancing partner Jowita.

Happy: They appeared in great spirits as they head into the BBC studios

Happy: They appeared in great spirits as they head into the BBC studios

Stunning: Jowita looked effortlessly chic in a long blue coat, teamed with cream knee-high boots

Stylish: She accessorised with a stylish Burberry scarf, while her brunette locks were styled in loose curls

Stunning: Jowita looked effortlessly chic in a long blue coat, teamed with cream knee-high boots

Looking good: Hamza cut a dapper figure in a grey blazer, teamed with a colourful shirt and a pair of blue jeans

Looking good: Hamza cut a dapper figure in a grey blazer, teamed with a colourful shirt and a pair of blue jeans

According to sources, Hamza, who was crowned this year’s winner, is ‘besotted’ with Jowita after growing close during their time on the show.

The star is said to be ‘quietly devastated’ by Jowita ‘s reported blossoming romance with Giovanni.

Hamza now seems to have unfollowed Giovanni after the news broke, but still follows Jowita.

According to The Sun, Hamza had previously followed Giovanni until this week. MailOnline has contacted their representatives for comment.

Beauty: Jowita opted for a soft glam makeup look while her brunette locks were in a blown out style

Beauty: Jowita opted for a soft glam makeup look while her brunette locks were in a blown out style

Tense: It comes after Hamza reportedly unfollowed Giovanni Pernice after the professional dancer allegedly begun a romance with Hamza's dancing partner Jowita

Tense: It comes after Hamza reportedly unfollowed Giovanni Pernice after the professional dancer allegedly begun a romance with Hamza’s dancing partner Jowita

Jowita’s reported budding relationship with Giovanni is said to have been a blow for Hamza, who ‘fell head over heels for her’.

‘Hamza and Jowita became very close and at times were quite touchy-feely, obviously their closeness really helped when it came to them winning the trophy,’ a source told The Sun .

‘But while Jowita thinks the world of him, she held back from anything romantic and kept him slightly at arm’s length.

‘When it was clear she was involved with Giovanni, the reason for that became clear. But while Hamza wants her to be happy, he was quietly devastated.’

Heartbroken: And the Strictly Come Dancing star is said to be 'quietly devastated' by Jowita's reported blossoming romance with Giovanni

Heartbroken: And the Strictly Come Dancing star is said to be ‘quietly devastated’ by Jowita’s reported blossoming romance with Giovanni

Unfollowed: Hamza now seems to have unfollowed Giovanni after the news broke, but still follows Jowita

Unfollowed: Hamza now seems to have unfollowed Giovanni after the news broke, but still follows Jowita

After winning Strictly, the BBC star paid a gushing tribute to Jowita where he described her as an ‘angel’.

He said: ‘Words can’t describe how I feel. I want to thank one person in particular – Jowita, you are an angel disguised as a human being. That’s what you are, you’re amazing.

‘Thank you to everyone out there for voting for us. This is the best thing that’s ever happened to me.’

Hopeful: According to sources, the wildlife expert, 32, who was crowned this year's winner, was 'besotted' with Jowita, 28, after growing close during their time on the show

Hopeful: According to sources, the wildlife expert, 32, who was crowned this year’s winner, was ‘besotted’ with Jowita, 28, after growing close during their time on the show

Romance? Last month, reports emerged claiming that reigning Strictly champion Jowita is secretly dating Giovanni (The pair performed together on the series in October, above)

Sizzling chemistry: Strictly champion Jowita, 28, is said to be secretly dating Giovanni (The pair performed together on the series in October, above)

After the series ended, reports emerged claiming reigning Strictly champion Jowita is secretly dating fellow pro Giovanni .

Jowita has reportedly been caught kissing fellow pro dancer Giovanni backstage during filming.

The Sun has claimed that the sizzling couple are the BBC series’ ‘worst kept secret’ after they openly flirted at a recent party.

Polish beauty Jowita joined the Strictly cast last year and performed in group dances.

Exes: Jowita recently split from her long-term boyfriend, fellow dancer Michael Danilczuk

Moving on: Jowita recently split from her long-term boyfriend, fellow dancer Michael Danilczuk (pictured together)

She was paired with a celebrity for the first time this year, while Giovanni has been starring on the show since 2015.

A source told the publication: ‘She and Gio are the worst kept secret, but make a great couple.

‘While they both kept insisting they were single, the pair’s chemistry was ridiculous — and they kept getting busted snogging in corridors. Crew even saw them kissing in the production office.

‘They make a great couple though, and have been pretty inseparable in the last few weeks.

‘Jowita, especially, wanted to keep things quiet so she could keep focused with Hamza, and not distract from the competition.’

The insider added that Giovanni and Jowita went public with their romance at Gio’s pal Chelsea star Jorginho’s birthday dinner, where they openly flirted after weeks of keeping their romance secret.

Jowita recently split from her long-term boyfriend, fellow dancer Michael Danilczuk.

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