GMB: Hamza Yassin discusses his weight loss on Strictly
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The wildlife cameraman and presenter achieved the highest score of this year’s Strictly Come Dancing series so far, achieving 39 after performing a salsa with partner Jowita Przystał. Talking about taking part in the BBC favourite as well as the centenary of the broadcaster, the duo appeared on Wednesday’s Good Morning Britain, where the 32-year-old talked about his impressive weight loss.
Joining Good Morning Britain’s Richard Madeley and Susanna Reid, Hamza’a appearance change didn’t go unnoticed.
“Is it an optical illusion, or is there a lot less of you than there was when you started?” Richard asked.
“Remember what Ricki [Lake] said!” Susanna warned her co-star, referring to Ricki Lake’s earlier interview in which she explained she didn’t like to be asked about her weight.
“Well, I’m going to ask – you’ve lost weight, haven’t you?” Richard pressed on.
“I have, yes I have,” Hamza confirmed before Richard probed: “How much?”
“I’ve lost eight and a half kilos,” Hamza revealed to a stunned Richard.
“That’s nearly 20lbs!” the presenter exclaimed, to which the cameraman added: “Yeah, nearly a stone.”
“Over a stone!” Richard corrected him. “A stone is 16lbs, so that’s one and a quarter stone.”
“Yeah,” the Strictly contestant responded before Richard remarked: “Good grief!”
Glancing towards Jowita, he added: “All thanks to her! She’s working me hard – nine hours a day we’re trying to train.
“And it’s hard on the body – the knees and legs are hurting.”
“Another physical question, you must tell us about your hair,” Richard insisted, referring to Hamza’s iconic locks.
“Have you ever had it cut?” Richard inquired. Hamza answered: “Yeah I have, it’s only 17 years old.”
He continued: “And there’s been bits that have been trimmed because I had it dipped in engine oil so it gets snipped off every now and then.
“But my hair is kind of part of me and Jowita’s nice enough to put up with it during training.”
“But it’s pinned to your shirt sometimes, isn’t it?” Susanna pointed out.
“Yes, sometimes it’s pinned to my shirt,” he stated before Richard replied: “You might knock her out!”
Turning their attention towards the BBC’s 100th birthday celebrations, Susanna asked the pair to explain the special dance.
“We are dancing the quickstep to Imagine Dragons’ On Top of the World,” Hamza explained.
“And hopefully it kind of marries the two sides of my love of natural history and Jowita’s love of dance.”
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays from 6am on ITV, while Strictly Come Dancing continues on Saturday at 6.30pm on BBC One.
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