Strictly's Hamza Yassin bags THREE 10s with incredible Cha ha Cha

Strictly Come Dancing’s Hamza Yassin and Jowita Przystal top the Week 7 leaderboard and bag THREE 10’s as Queen of Latin Shirley Ballas brands their Cha Cha Cha the ‘best I’ve ever seen!’

Week seven of Strictly Come Dancing saw Hamza Yassin and his partner Jowita Przystal come out on top once again as they pulled off an incredible Cha Cha Cha to I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)’ by the Four Tops.

The wildlife presenter’s dance was so good in fact that the Queen of Latin herself Shirley Ballas branded it the ‘best Cha Cha Cha I’ve ever seen!’

Hamza and Jowita certainly set the bar high for the evening as they bagged an incredible three 10s, with an overall score of 38 points – topping the entire leaderboard.

Top score: Week seven of Strictly Come Dancing saw Hamza Yassin and his partner Jowita Przystal come out on top once again as they pulled off an incredible Cha Cha Cha to I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)’ by the Four Tops

Commenting on the performance, head judge Shirley said: ‘Thank you for opening the show like that, it was absolutely amazing.

She added that she felt ‘overwhelmed and emotional’, saying that their dance was the ‘true language of the cha cha cha’.

Praising Hamza’s beautiful ease of movement and cheeky smile, she concluded that it was the ‘Best cha cha cha I’ve ever seen!’

Meanwhile, Anton Du Beke said: ‘If this is the way evening go on, it will be a great night. It was absolutely brilliant’, adding that he struggled to find something to mark him down for.

What a start! The wildlife presenter’s dance was so good in fact that the Queen of Latin herself Shirley Ballas branded it the ‘best Cha Cha Cha I’ve ever seen!’

Well done! Hamza and Jowita certainly set the bar high for the evening as they bagged an incredible three 10s, with an overall impressive score of 38 points – topping the entire leaderboard

STRICTLY COME WEEK 7 LEADERBOARD

Hamza Yassin and Jowita Przystal: Cha Cha Cha to ‘I Can’t Help Myself’ (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) – 38

Helen Skelton and Gorka Marquez: Jive to ‘Tightrope’ by Janelle Monáe – 37

Kym Marsh and Graziano Di Prima: Argentine Tango to ‘Assassin’s Tango’ by John Powell – 37

Molly Rainford and Carlos Gu: Foxtrot to ‘You Make Me Happy’ by My Sun and Stars – 35 

Fleur East and Vito Coppola: Waltz to ‘I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues’ by Elton John – 35

Ellie Simmonds and Nikita Kuzmin: Charleston to ‘Too Darn Hot’ by Kiss Me Kate  – 33

Will Mellor and Nancy Xu: Quickstep to ‘Soda Pop’ by Robbie Williams featuring Michael Bublé – 33

Tyler West and Dianne Buswell: Viennese Waltz to ‘I’ve Been Loving You Too Long’ by Seal – 29

Ellie Taylor and Johannes Radebe: Rumba to ‘Alone’ by Heart – 22

Tony Adams and Katya Jones: Salsa to ‘I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)’ by Pitbull 21

 

As per usual, Craig Revel Horwood had a few points to make, noting that Hamza had his feet turned out and there were heel leads in there.

However, he was quick to positively add that ‘the hip action was there’ and that the presenter had ‘beautiful straight legs and fantastic body rolls.’

Motsi Mabuse meanwhile agreed with Shirley that it was ‘one of the best cha cha’s ever’, adding that ‘the music is in your body, on the dancefloor – we enjoyed that!’

Impressed: Commenting on the performance, head judge Shirley said: ‘Thank you for opening the show like that, it was absolutely amazing

Liked what he saw: Meanwhile, Anton Du Beke said: ‘If this is the way evening go on, it will be a great night. It was absolutely brilliant’, adding that he struggled to find something to mark him down for


Opinion: As per usual, Craig Revel Horwood had a few points to make, noting that Hamza had his feet turned out and there were heel leads in there, Motsi Mabuse meanwhile agreed with Shirley that it was ‘one of the best cha cha’s ever’

One’s to beat: Hamza and Jowita topped the leaderboard with 38 points

Up next was Ellie Taylor and Johannes Radebe and despite topping the leaderboard last week, the pair failed to emulate their previous success.

After their Rumba to ‘Alone’ by Heart, the judged dished out some harsh criticism, with Craig kicking things off by stating that it was ‘a little stiff’ and that she was ‘walking around’.

He added that the performance had ‘no resistance, lacked any hip action and therefore lacked passion.’

Meanwhile, head judge Shirley said the ‘fluidity and flexibility was totally missing’, adding that she wouldn’t do them a ‘disservice’ by padding things out. 

Oh no: Up next was Ellie Taylor and Johannes Radebe and despite topping the leaderboard last week, the pair failed to emulate their previous success

Performance: After their Rumba to ‘Alone’ by Heart, the judged dished out some harsh criticism, with Craig kicking things off by stating that it was ‘a little stiff’ and that she was ‘walking around’

Going for it: The pair gave it their all as they danced the notoriously difficult Rumba

Molly Rainford and Carlos Gu were next to take to the floor with a Foxtrot to ‘You Make Me Happy’ by My Sun and Stars, with the judges very impressed with their efforts. 

Shirley remarked that the dance was the ‘epitome of style’ before going on to praise their ‘sophistication and overwhelming sense of beauty’.

She went on to speak about Molly’s great technique, adding that she should keep working on those fundamentals.

While Anton commented that it was a ‘hard dance’, before gushing that ‘I really love you dancing like this, super duper – well done!’

What a performance! Molly Rainford and Carlos Gu were next to take to the floor with a Foxtrot to ‘You Make Me Happy’ by My Sun and Stars, with the judges very impressed with their efforts

Nicely done: Shirley remarked that the dance was the ‘epitome of style’ before going on to praise their ‘sophistication and overwhelming sense of beauty’

Praise: While Anton commented that it was a ‘hard dance’, before gushing that ‘I really love you dancing like this, super duper – well done!’

Ellie Simmonds and Nikita were next to take to the dancefloor with their Charleston to ‘Too Darn Hot’ by Kiss Me Kate, with the duo coming out with a bang with their thrilling routine which featured plenty of impressive flips and tricks.

The judges were suitably pleased, with Motsi gushing: ‘You raised that level! You came and put your heart on the dancefloor and this is what the show is about… I thought you did great!’

While Shirley observed Ellie’s ‘Paralympian mentality’ is that she never gives up, adding that the swimmer ‘didn’t miss a beat’ during her performance. 

Anton meanwhile commented that it was a ‘perfect number – it had everything in it!’ 

Wow: Ellie Simmonds and Nikita were next to take to the dancefloor with their Charleston to ‘Too Darn Hot’ by Kiss Me Kate, with the duo coming out with a bang with their thrilling routine which featured plenty of impressive flips and tricks

Putting on a show: The judges were suitably pleased, with Motsi gushing: ‘You raised that level! You came and put your heart on the dancefloor and this is what the show is about… I thought you did great!’

You go girl! Shirley observed Ellie’s ‘Paralympian mentality’ is that she never gives up, adding that the swimmer ‘didn’t miss a beat’ during her performance

Tyler West and Dianne Buswell were hoping to continue their success from last week with their Viennese Waltz to ‘I’ve Been Loving You Too Long’ by Seal, but like fellow leaderboard topper Ellie T before them, they failed to hit the mark.

Shirley started off positively by noting she liked their ‘delivery of expression’ before she called out Tyler on making ‘too many mistakes’ and having ‘too much incorrect footwork.’

Craig also had things to point out, calling the routine ‘pedestrian’, telling the couple he was ‘saying it to be horrible’. He added that the radio DJ’s ‘bottom was sticking out a lot’, but ended by saying he was ‘a lovely dancer’.

Uh oh; Tyler West and Dianne Buswell were hoping to continue their success from last week with their Viennese Waltz to ‘I’ve Been Loving You Too Long’ by Seal, but like fellow leaderboard topper Ellie T before them, they failed to hit the mark

Criticism: Shirley started off positively by noting she liked their ‘delivery of expression’ before she called out Tyler on making ‘too many mistakes’ and having ‘too much incorrect footwork’

Tried their best: Craig also had things to point out, calling the routine ‘pedestrian’, telling the couple he was ‘saying it to be horrible’. He added that the radio DJ’s ‘bottom was sticking out a lot’, but ended by saying he was ‘a lovely dancer’

Contrastingly, the judges couldn’t praise Kym Marsh and Graziano Di Prima enough, thanks to their electrifying Argentine Tango to ‘Assassin’s Tango’ by John Powell. 

An excitable Anton enthused: ‘This was unrecognisable from last week – I loved it! Yes please!’

While Craig commented: ‘Apart from your raised shoulders, I thought the dance was absolutely perfect!’

Mosti was in agreement, noting that they were the ‘strongest competitors’ and that they ‘do it with such humbleness and understatement’ begore adding the routine was ‘exquisite.’

Sizzling: Contrastingly, the judges couldn’t praise Kym Marsh and Graziano Di Prima enough, thanks to their electrifying Argentine Tango to ‘Assassin’s Tango’ by John Powell

High praise indeed: An excitable Anton enthused: ‘This was unrecognisable from last week – I loved it! Yes please!’

Excellent work: Mosti was in agreement, noting that they were the ‘strongest competitors’ and that they ‘do it with such humbleness and understatement’ begore adding the routine was ‘exquisite’

With Shirley concluding: ‘I’m not sure you realised just how good that was. You were emotionally invested in each other. It was by far one of the most accomplished routines I’ve seen you do, that was beautiful.’

Will Mellor and Nancy Xu were the next couple to perform, dancing a Quickstep to ‘Soda Pop’ by Robbie Williams featuring Michael Bublé.

Craig noted that it was a’ tiny bit heavy, only marginally’ before adding the dance ‘had rhythm’ and was so entertaining.’

Routine: Will Mellor and Nancy Xu were the next couple to perform, dancing a Quickstep to ‘Soda Pop’ by Robbie Williams featuring Michael Bublé

Feedback: Craig noted that it was a’ tiny bit heavy, only marginally’ before adding the dance ‘had rhythm’ and was so entertaining’

Good work: With Motsi agreeing that it was ‘So entertaining, I couldn’t take me eyes off you.’ She added that Will had ‘such a wonderful way of moving across the floor’

With Motsi agreeing that it was ‘So entertaining, I couldn’t take me eyes off you.’ She added that Will had ‘such a wonderful way of moving across the floor’.

Helen Skelton and Gorka Marquez were hoping to impress with their Jive to ‘Tightrope’ by Janelle Monáe and they did just that.

Motsi gushed: ‘It was a real, real statement. I could go on for hours and tell you absolutely everything that was great about that Jive – it was magnificent!’ However. she was quick to add that Helen made a small mistake. 

While Shirley said: ‘Anybody who knows me knows I love the Jive. Anybody who’s about to do a Jive, that’s the way to do it.’

Looking good: Helen Skelton and Gorka Marquez were hoping to impress with their Jive to ‘Tightrope’ by Janelle Monáe and they did just that

Such style: Motsi gushed: ‘It was a real, real statement. I could go on for hours and tell you absolutely everything that was great about that Jive – it was magnificent!’ However. she was quick to add that Helen made a small mistake

Cool: Craig  told the presenter he was so close to giving her a 10 but then he saw the mistake. Gutted at her error, Helen then did an impressive cartwheel to try and convince him to score her high, with the couple going on to score 37 points overall

Craig meanwhile told the presenter he was so close to giving her a 10 but then he saw the mistake.

Gutted at her error, Helen then did an impressive cartwheel to try and convince him to score her high, with the couple going on to score 37 points overall.

Following their disappointing appearance in last week’s dance-off, Fleur East and Vito Copolla were no doubt hoping to avoid being in the bottom two as they dance a Waltz to ‘I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues’ by Elton John.

And they certainly gave themselves a fighting chance as the beautiful dance garnered some favourable comments from the judges, with an enthusiastic Craig remarking: ‘Graceful, elegant, stylish – I absolutely adored that!’

Shirley added that there was ‘a  lot in there I liked. I loved the connection with the body and the beautiful closes.’ The dance expert then went on to discuss Fleur’s toe placement with the help of a pair of dancing shoes.

Lovely: Following their disappointing appearance in last week’s dance-off, Fleur East and Vito Copolla were no doubt hoping to avoid being in the bottom two as they dance a Waltz to ‘I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues’ by Elton John

Gorgeous: They certainly gave themselves a fighting chance as the beautiful dance garnered some favourable comments from the judges, with an enthusiastic Craig remarking: ‘Graceful, elegant, stylish – I absolutely adored that!’

Doing well: Shirley added that there was ‘a lot in there I liked. I loved the connection with the body and the beautiful closes.’ The dance expert then went on to discuss Fleur’s toe placement with the help of a pair of dancing shoes

Anton then shared: ‘I so much prefer this dance for you, it was beautiful to watch, you are the most divine dancer.’

He then made the audience giggle as he followed up by saying: ‘one or two things down below that could need adjusting’, referring to her footwork.

The final couple to dance were Tony Adams and Katya Jones, who were hoping to improve on their highest scores from last week with a Salsa to ‘I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)’ by Pitbull.

Unfortunately it wasn’t meant to be as they judges had some mixed remarks over the performance. 

Here they go: The final couple to dance were Tony Adams and Katya Jones, who were hoping to improve on their highest scores from last week with a Salsa to ‘I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)’ by Pitbull

Uh oh: Unfortunately it wasn’t meant to be as they judges had some mixed remarks over the performance

Reaction: Craig simply told the pair: ‘It didn’t work tonight – its a shame’, while Motsi struggled to produce a compliment as she uttered: ‘You tried so hard… stuff goes on in life… pick up you crown, go out there and salsa it out!’

Look who it is! Ian Wright was in the audience to support his fellow Arsenal legend Tony

Craig simply told the pair: ‘It didn’t work tonight – its a shame’, while Motsi struggled to produce a compliment as she uttered: ‘You tried so hard… stuff goes on in life… pick up you crown, go out there and salsa it out!’

With Shirley trying to stay positive by praising Tony’s rotations and ‘fearless’ lifts, but added it was an ‘absolute shame’ that he went on the wrong foot and made ‘too many mistakes’.

Week’s seven’s live show concluded with Hamza and Jowita topping the leaderboard with 38, while Tony and Katya languished at the bottom with just 21 points out of 40. 

Last week’s Halloween special saw both Ellie Taylor and radio presenter Tyler West top the leaderboard with the sizzling performances. 

But it was the end of the line for James Bye as he became the fifth contestant to leave Strictly Come Dancing as the EastEnders star faced Fleur East in the ghastly dance off. 

Farewell: James Bye became the fifth contestant to leave Strictly Come Dancing evening as the EastEnders star faced Fleur East in the ghastly dance off 

The remaining couples took to the Ballroom floor for a spook-tacular Halloween special, in the hopes of impressing the judges, Craig Devil Horwood, Motsi Maboo-se, Phantom Du Beke and Head Judge, Scary Ballas and the voting public. 

Both couples performed their routines again, with James and his dance partner Amy Dowden performing their Charleston to Bumble Bee by LaVern Baker. 

Then, Fleur East and her dance partner Vito Coppola performed their Salsa to Break My Soul by Beyoncé in a bid to impress the judges and remain in the competition.

And as the judges delivered their verdicts, all four opted to save Fleur, meaning James left the competition. 

When asked by host Tess Daly about his time on the show, James said: ‘I’ve said this from the very beginning, all I can do is go out there and do my very best. I am dancing against Fleur East, I went and did my best but she is phenomenal. 

Well done: Ultimately it was Fleur and dance partner Vito Coppola who made it through after a unanimous verdict from the judging panel 

Close: James described his Strictly Come Dancing colleagues as ‘family’ during an emotional farewell speech on Sunday evening 

‘I’ve had the best time on this show and I have a friend for life [in Amy], all I can do is thank the family, and I have a new family now. 

‘It’s a competition but you don’t feel like that backstage, you honestly feel like everyone has each other’s backs and everyone is just willing everyone to do their best!’ 

The dance-off wasn’t without its controversy as the show faced another potential fix row as it emerged that Fleur East was allowed to redo her dance-off performance after falling over.

Well done: James and Amy were surrounded by their supportive colleagues before taking to the ballroom floor for their final dance 

Fleur started her dance again after a horrific fall which saw her come ‘crashing down’ on her partner, with the moment not aired or mentioned on the results show.

The Sun reports that the Sax hitmaker tumbled over her prop and brought down her dance partner during their Salsa to Break My Soul by Beyoncé, with the decision made that they were allowed to start again once they were checked over by medics. 

A source said: ‘It was a deeply unfortunate incident, and not Fleur or Vito’s fault at all. About five seconds in, when she was meant to pull Vito along in the prop chair, the legs slipped.

‘She came crashing down, taking Vito down too. They landed incredibly hard – it was quite shocking and the audience audibly gasped. Poor Fleur looked stunned and devastated, and no one really knew what was happening on or off stage. 

Drama: The dance-off wasn’t without its controversy as the show faced another potential fix row as it emerged that Fleur East was allowed to redo her dance-off performance after falling over

‘Eventually the warm-up guy came on and addressed the audience while Fleur and Vito got checked out. They started their dance again and obviously this second version was the one aired. There was no reference to the fall by the judges either.’

The source added to the publication that competitor James ‘wasn’t bothered at all’ by Fleur’s second chance and that he ‘genuinely believed’ that she was the better dance on the night. 

A Strictly Come Dancing spokesperson told MailOnline: ‘After an incident with a prop at the beginning of Fleur and Vito’s dance off performance, the decision was made to halt proceedings to check they were not injured, as a matter of urgency. 

Drama: It comes after Fleur addressed her Strictly fall drama after it emerged she was allowed to redo her dance-off performance after a prop blunder

‘As they had not begun to dance before the incident occurred, it was decided they could start the performance again, once it was confirmed they were fit to do so.’

After the reports emerged, the performer addressed the incident during a TV appearance. 

Speaking on Thursday’s Loose Women, Vito said: ‘Basically what happened, in the first few seconds of our number, I just fell down on the chair. Literally was a bad fall. 

‘Everyone was gasping, but I showed them I was okay and able to restart so thank you – I’m fine, I’m here today so all good. Thank you very much.’

Strictly Come Dancing returns with the results show on Sunday at 7.15pm on BBC One. 

Having their say: Now Fleur and Vito have opened up on the controversy, explaining she had a ‘bad fall’ on a chair within the first few seconds of the number

STRICTLY COME DANCING 2022: WHO ARE THE CONTESTANTS?

KYM MARSH

Age: 46

Profession: Coronation Street star and presenter

Kym says: ‘I’m so delighted that this year they have! I’m a huge fan of the show and can’t believe I’m going to go from watching at home in my pyjamas to actually dancing in front of the judges in a glittery dress.’

ELLIE SIMMONDS 

Age: 27

Profession: Former athlete 

Ellie says: ‘To be asked to be part of the Strictly family is just so exciting and I cannot wait, it’s going to so much fun.’

TYLER WEST 

Age: 26

Profession: Radio DJ

Tyler says: ‘It’s a show that means so much to me and my family and I can’t wait to seriously shake a leg on that shiny dance floor… with a side of sequins.’

ELLIE TAYLOR

 

Age: 38

Profession: Comedian

Ellie says: ‘Well, cover me in fake tan and roll me in sequins! I’m absolutely over the moon to be a part of Strictly 2022!’

TONY ADAMS MBE 

Age: 55 

Profession: Retired footballer and manager

Tony says:  ‘To say I’m excited is an understatement – the lure of the sequins and the call of the salsa has me swapping my battered old football boots for a set of Strictly soft shoes’

WILL MELLOR

Age: 46

Profession: Actor

Will says: ‘I know it will be a huge challenge but that’s what life is all about. This is also my Mum’s favourite show and she’s had a really tough few years so I’m doing this is for her as well. Bring it on!’

 MOLLY RAINFORD

 Age: 21

Profession: Singer 

Molly says: ‘I already know it’s gonna be an experience of a lifetime and I can’t wait to meet the rest of the Strictly family I’ll be sharing it with.’

FLEUR EAST

Age: 34 

Profession: Singer

Fleur says: ‘I’m equally nervous and thrilled to be part of this year’s Strictly line up. I’m excited to learn new skills and I want to soak up every moment of this magical experience.’

 HAMZA YASSIN

Age: 35

Profession: Wildlife cameraman and presenter

Hamza says: ‘I am absolutely over the moon to be joining Strictly 2022. Never in a million years did I think I’d be on such a cool show.’

HELEN SKELTON

Age: 39

Profession: TV and radio broadcaster

Helen says: ‘I’m really excited to get stuck into a fun adventure. My family and friends have always loved the show and can’t wait for me to get started’

 

 

 

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