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Hamza says winning Strictly would be 'dream come true knowing what Jowita has been through’

Hamza Yassin has described the idea of winning Strictly as a "dream come true" knowing what pro partner Jowita Przystał "has been through in her life".

The BBC wildlife cameraman, 32, is the bookies' favourite to win this evening over Helen Skelton, Molly Rainford and Fleur East - but has admitted that he's "super nervous" and still isn't convinced he can dance.

Hamza and Jowita have topped the leaderboard five times over the 11 weeks, with their Salsa being their highest scoring dance of the series at 39 out of 40 points. They are still yet to receive a perfect 40.

Opening up about what it would be like to win the show, Hamza said: "For me, it will come down to sharing the stage with this absolutely amazing woman, knowing what she has been through in her life and what I've done in my lifetime, it would just be a dream come true. It would be like the icing on the cake, Christmas, Easter all mixed together.

Hamza Yassin has said that winning Strictly would be a 'dream come true' (BBC)

"I can't give her anything in life that she can't get herself. The only thing that I can do my best is on the dancefloor and hopefully lift that Glitterball trophy."

Hamza admitted that his main struggle every week has been his lack of confidence.

"I'm nervous [because] I didn't think I'd be here," he said. "I thought week one - get going! I didn't think I could dance, I still don't think I could dance."

He is up against Fleur East, Helen Skelton and Molly Rainford (BBC/Guy Levy)

"This is my problem every week," Jowita Przystał jumped in to say. "I will tell him, 'Oh, you're amazing' and then we go out on the night and he performs and we're standing an listening to the judges comments and then he says, 'Oh my gosh, Jowita, you were actually right! You told me I did it right!' and I was like, 'Yes, I did!'"

Quizzed by the Mirror about whether his lack of confidence on the show had been his main struggle throughout the series, he said: "Yeah, I would definitely say that because each week is a new doubt and I felt like I was back at square one again. You're learning a different hold or a different feeling.

Hamza Yassin and partner Jowita Przystał are favourites to win the competition (BBC)

"For some of it you have to act the dances. So confidence for me - I'm certainly out of my comfort zone. If you put me in front of a lion charging at me with a camera I'm like, 'Cool, I know what that's going to do and I'm confident there.

"Whereas here - I'm in clothes I would never normally wear, I'm doing stuff that I wouldn't normally do and I don't hear the music, believe it or not. I feel the music - well, if there's a rhythm I feel the music but Jowita will say, 'Go on the bit where it says...' and I'm like, 'I don't know!'

"So for me, confidence is a tough thing, but I feel like my dyslexia helps me out with my dancing so I have that to rely on. The 3D thinking of where we need to be and stuff, that's perfect."

*Strictly's final airs tonight at 7.05pm on BBC One

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