When I struggle, I still call Jowita, says 2022 Strictly winner Hamza Yassin

They danced to glitterball glory on last year’s show and Strictly winners Hamza Yassin and Jowita Przystal still remain close.

The wildlife cameraman has told how he has been turning to the pro-dancer for advice. Viewers saw the pair team up again on last week’s show as Jowita’s new celebrity dance partner was unveiled.

Hamza, 33, also said his Strictly fame has brought him more admirers but he is still single because of his globe-trotting career. He revealed that when something is really troubling him it is either his mother he turns to, or his 29-year-old ex-dance partner.

He said: “When I can’t figure something out, I pick up the phone and talk to Jowita.

“If I’m struggling, call Jowita. I’m under a lot of pressure, I don’t know how to deal with it, I’m nervous – call Jowita.”

He also says that he plans to help her new dance partner, paralympian medal winner Jody Cundy, in this series of Strictly.

“I am going to be the support. I am putting my money on them.”

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He was speaking to the Sunday Express to promote his new wildlife series Hamza: Strictly Birds Of Prey, which starts tonight.

Paying tribute to “living legend” Sir David Attenborough, he said he is now on a mission to be “the voice for Mother Nature”. He also says there are three mottos from US actor Andre De Shields which he stands by.

“Surround yourself with people whose eyes light up when they see you coming.

“Slowly is the fastest way to get where you want to be. That’s my life and I followed my dream.

“And then finally, the top of one mountain is the bottom of the next so keep climbing.

“Those three phrases will take you everywhere.”

Hamza, who filmed some of the breathtaking scenes for Sir David’s recent Wild Isles series on BBC, says that his constant travelling does not allow time for a partner, although he is getting invitations to go on dates from fans.

“It’s an honour to be asked but I am so busy with life. I have been home 11 days this year.

“So as much as potentially I’d love a romantic relationship in the future, how can you develop a romantic relationship with someone when you are only home for 11 days or when you are sitting in hides for 18 hours a day? So yes, it’s a privilege, an honour they asked me but I am just too busy.”

The new hour-long show documents his favourites birds of prey across the country, from the white-tailed eagles near his home in Scotland to peregrine falcons nesting in an urban hospital block in Ealing, west London.

Hamza is one of the names tipped to take over from Sir David, 97, one day. He says he has learned much from the legend. Asked about the best piece of advice from Sir David, he says, “If you allow Mother Nature to enter your life and open up your heart, she will change you for the better.

“We have to live in harmony with the natural world.”

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Hamza adds: “Humans are not made to sit in offices for eight hours a day, and then sit in a traffic queue for an hour, and then sit
at home and watch TV, and then wake up and do it again. We’re meant to be outdoors. If I was prime minister for one day, I would immediately include a natural history subject on the curriculum. It’s great to do maths and the sciences, history and geography and everything else, but there would be a subject in there called Mother Nature.”

On his work, he admits: “I get to do the thing I love the most.

“More importantly, I get to use my powers of wildlife cameraman, presenter and documentary-maker to bring the thing that I love the most, which is the natural world, into people’s living rooms on a Saturday or Sunday evening.

“I feel my mission in life is to guide people, to let them open up their hearts and for them to fall in love with Mother Nature.

“That’s all I want. And when I first started Strictly, that’s what I said. And that’s what I meant when I do my programmes for children – I take them outdoors to look at the natural world.”

Another recent highlight was Hamza’s appearance on a Countryfile special gripping the hand of actress Dame Judi Dench as he guided her to fulfil a life-long dream of seeing golden eagles in Scotland.

“She was so kind and loving – she said ‘hold my hand, Hamza, I need your assistance’. That was the least I could do – my mission was to let her see the golden eagles.

“I am a lucky human being to be where I am now. Now that I have this platform, all I want to use it for is the greater good .”

  • Hamza: Strictly Birds Of Prey is on BBC1 at 7pm tonight

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