Strictly Come Dancing 2022: Hamza Yassin and Jowita Przystal winners after receiving lowest score from judges

The Strictly Come Dancing 2022 winner has been decided, raising the Glitterball trophy despite receiving the judges lowest overall score.

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Hamza Yassin has been crowned the champion of this year’s edition of Strictly Come Dancing. After Saturday night’s final, he and dance partner Jowita Przystal lifted the glitterball trophy.

The bookmakers’ favourite was bottom on the leaderboard after the advisory scores given by judges totalled 113 points. But in a reversal of fortunes,  when the public vote landed, Yassin and Przystal took the coveted title.

The wildlife photographer and CBBC presenter had never had a single dance lesson before joining the BBC series. During  the final, he charmed the audience with their couples’ choice dance to Jerusalema by Master KG, a salsa to Ecuador by Sash! featuring Rodriguez, and a show dance to Let’s Face The Music and Dance by Irving Berlin.

The 32-year-old thanked the viewers who voted for him, saying: "This is the best thing that has ever happened to me. Words can’t describe how I feel.

“I want to thank one person in particular. Jovita - you are an angel disguised as a human being."

None of the professional dancers in this year’s final has ever won the competition. And only Gorka Maquez, who danced with Helen Skelton, has made it to the final before.  Hamza’s dance partner Przystal only joined Strictly in 2021 but this was her first time dancing in the show, having only appeared on the Christmas special last year.

Jowita Przystal and Hamza Yassin performJowita Przystal and Hamza Yassin perform
Jowita Przystal and Hamza Yassin perform

Other highlights from the Strictly 2022 final included Fleur East’s couples’ choice to a mix of Destiny’s Child songs, Helen Skelton jiving to Janelle Monae’s Tightrope and Molly Rainford quick stepping to Love On Top by Beyonce.

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