Strictly winner ‘revealed’ after fans rush to place bet on shock front runner | The Sun

THE winner of Strictly Come Dancing has been "revealed" after fans have rushed to place a bet on a shock front runner on the show.

The bookies have placed their support behind Hamza Yassin to be the next winner of the BBC One ballroom dancing competition.

Wildlife cameraman Hamza, 32, who is currently competing alongside Jowita Przystal, is said to perfectly fit the bill of the winner.

Research from BonusCodeBets found that his age, gender and occupation match the textbook expectations of a successful celeb.

TV presenters are said to the most successful on the show, with Hamza well-known for presenting stints on Countryfile.

A spokesperson said that by "analysing" key traits of a successful contestant – Hamza is set to take home the trophy.


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"With 19 years of Glitterball winners to analyse, the key characteristics of a successful contestant clearly holds a bearing on who lifts the trophy at the end of the 12 weeks," they said.

"When placing a bet on this year’s show, the historical data is well worth considering, despite the bookmaker’s predictions this year."

"Hamza Yassin was 33/1 – now the odds-on favourite, that would have been pretty good value," they concluded.

Hamza has quickly become a favourite to win the show after winning over the hearts of the judges and the audience at home.

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Head judge Shirley Ballas told him on Saturday night: “You make our hearts sing, you make everybody smile.”

Even the usually waspish Craig Revel Horwood admitted last night: “My goodness, you are a fantastic dancer.”

His star moments on Strictly — a light-footed foxtrot in week one that was praised by the judges and marked Hamza out as a contender.

He performed an electrifying salsa in week four that blew the roof off the ballroom bagging him the highest score of the series so far — hurtled him ahead of the much more well-known celebs.

Hamza has overcome homelessness, dyslexia and racism to follow in the footsteps of his idol Sir David Attenborough.

Born in Sudan, he was eight when he moved to the UK after his parents, both medics, were invited to live and work in Northampton.

Watching documentaries by Sir David and the late Australian zoo keeper and conservationist Steve Irwin “lit a spark” in him.

He said: “If I couldn’t be exactly like them, I would be the cameraman, because he would be closest to the animal. I love filmmaking and animals.”

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Hamza decided to study Zoology with Conservation at Bangor University in Wales. He graduated in 2011 and went on to gain a Masters in Biological Photography and Imaging at the University of Nottingham.

Bangor later went on to give him an Honorary Master of Science degree.

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