Motion lodged to congratulate Strictly Come Dancing winner at Holyrood

Wildlife cameraman and presenter Hamza Yassin lifted the glitterball trophy on Saturday.

MSPs called to congratulate Strictly Come Dancing champion Hamza Yassin in Scottish Parliament BBC Media Centre

A motion has been lodged to the Scottish Parliament for MSPs to celebrate the crowning of Hamza Yassin as Strictly Come Dancing champion.

The 32-year-old wildlife cameraman and presenter, along with partner Jowita Przystal, beat three other couples – Fleur East and Vito Coppola, Molly Rainford and Carlos Gu, and Helen Skelton and Gorka Marquez – to lift the glitterball trophy on Saturday night.

Yassin, who has lived in Ardnamurchan for 11 years, wowed the judges and public alike with his dancing skills, particularly his couples’ choice Afrobeats-inspired performance.

The village of Kilchoan held a party for the final at the community hall with cheers and applause erupting from the room when the champions were announced.

Thanking his dance partner Przystal, Yassin, who was born in Sudan, said: “It’s hard to describe how I feel…Jowita you are an angel disguised as a human being.”

Now a motion lodged by Emma Roddick, the SNP MSP for the Highlands and Islands, aims to celebrate Yassin’s achievements in the Scottish Parliament.

The motion, which has already received cross-party support, asks that parliament “celebrates the success of Hamza Yassin on being crowned Strictly Come Dancing winner 2022; understands that the TV presenter and cameraman impressed judges week in, week out, alongside dancing partner Jowita Przystal during the 2022 competition, eventually coming out on top of his competitors, and lifting the famous Strictly Come Dancing glitterball trophy.”

It continues to say parliament “believes that Yassin received significant public support throughout the competition, particularly after performing an Afrobeats-inspired dance, with dance schools and studios across the UK reporting an uptake in interest in this genre of dance classes, and praising his impact; congratulates Hamza Yassin on what it considers this significant achievement and all his hard work, and wishes him the very best of luck in the Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour, which commences January 2023.”

The live show visits venues across the UK including Glasgow’s Ovo Hydro and the SEC Armadillo.

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