Strictly star Hamza Yassin explains behind-the-scenes dance with Shirley Ballas

by 24britishtvNov. 24, 2022, 7:40 p.m. 12
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Strictly: It Takes Two host Rylan put star Hamza Yassin on the spot on Tuesday night's episode. Bangor University graduate Hamza was grilled by Rylan as it was revealed that Hamza shared an unseen moment with head judge Shirley Ballas over the weekend in Blackpool.

Hamza and his partner Jowita Przystal lit up Blackpool Tower on Saturday night's show as Strictly returned to the town for the first time in two years. They performed an American Smooth to New York, New York by Frank Sinatra.

Head judge Shirley Ballas deemed Hamza the "one to beat" after he scored 38 points out of 40 from the judges. Hamza was talking to Rylan on the spin-off show about their next dance when Rylan sprung a surprise on the star, reports the MEN.

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Rylan filmed behind-the-scenes footage of Hamza dancing with head judge Shirley backstage before then asking Hamza about the footage. Rylan said: "Shirley Ballas coming out with the words 'you are the one to beat'."

He asked an unsuspecting Hamza: "What did to make of that?" and he replied: "It was mind-boggling." "Well you say it's mind-boggling," continued Rylan.

"I think I know what's going on here Hamza," he pressed. "What is it?" he asked, looking perturbed as Jowita's mouth fell open in surprise. "Let's have a look at this shall we?" said Rylan as he turned to the screen. "Is it anything to do with this?"

A brief clip showed Hamza enjoying a boogie with 'Queen of Latin' Shirley, with Shirley wearing brightly coloured PJs. "What's going on here please, it's Shirley Ballas in her pyjamas," said Rylan.

And Hamza clarified: "Her in pyjamas and me in training clothes." He explained: "This is the training behind the scenes.

"Because the professionals are all dancing at the beginning and we come through the elevator so we've kind of got to hide behind there while the music is still going. Shirley was giving it a little bit of a boogie and I joined along."

He told Rylan: "That was basically it. I promise. That was the only time." And Rylan replied: "Maybe it was just your brilliant dancing that got those comments."
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