Strictly’s Jowita tells Hamza: Blackpool is a ‘special’ place

Jowita Przystal told dance partner Hamza Yassin that Blackpool is a “special and overwhelming” place to dance as the pair head to the seaside town on Saturday.

The Strictly Come Dancing duo scored 38 points on last week’s show for dancing to a remix of Master KG’s Jerusalema featuring Burna Boy and Nomcebo Zikode.

It was dedicated to the Sudanese and African heritage of Yassin, a 32-year-old cameraman and wildlife presenter.

Hamza, who studied zoology with conservation at Bangor University and received an honorary master of science degree from the university over the summerimpressed the judges in his dances with his professional partner Jowita Przystał.

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Speaking to the PA news agency about running the prestigious Tower Ballroom, Przystal said: ‘When we get there (Hamza), and you walk into the ballroom, you’ll understand why it’s so special.

“It’s absolutely a different world (and) feeling to dance (there).

“You just feel so special. And it’s a bit overwhelming at times. But yes, I think you (will) love it.

Przystal will make her first dancing appearance in Blackpool since joining the celebrity pageant in 2021.

It’s the first time Strictly has returned to the resort town after a two-year absence due to the pandemic, with the remaining eight couples hoping to impress the judging panel.

Yassin said: “(At Blackpool) we also have additional dancers, who will do a similar dance to us.

“So it’s more, I think, showcasing where we are, which will be amazing.”

Yassin added his greatest comfort to tackle his nerves on Strictly is Przystal.

He said, “(Jowita) knows my strengths and weaknesses and it’s nice to be able to share the journey with her.

“So if I fight a bit (I can) focus more on that side, the practice and she’s like ‘it’s going to be fine with that, don’t worry about that’…

“The public is very, very supportive, which is fantastic.

“(It’s) like… in rugby, playing a game at home and hearing the local crowd cheering you on. That’s how it feels. ”

Sunday night’s results saw former England footballer Tony Adams, 56, become the seventh celebrity to quit the series after being forced out due to injury.

  • The remaining eight couples will take to the dance floor at Blackpool Tower on Saturday November 19 at 7.45pm, with the results broadcast on Sunday November 20 at 7.20pm on BBC One.

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