Strictly: Hamza and Jowita are crowned the winners
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Gorka Marquez found himself in the Strictly Come Dancing final for the third time with presenter Helen Skelton. He has missed out on the Glitterball Trophy with Alexandra Burke and Maisie Smith, so was hoping to win with Helen. However, his chances of lifting the trophy were crushed by Hamza Yassin and Jowita Pryzstal.
After Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman announced Hamza was the 20th winner of Strictly Come Dancing, Fleur East and Molly Rainford rushed to congratulate him.
However, Helen and Gorka were notably the last couple to share in Hamza’s victory.
The Countryfile host was seen holding Gorka’s hand and pulling him over to the rest of the cast.
Viewers were quick to pick up on Gorka’s reaction to the result noting he was “heartbroken” to lose out on the trophy.
Many also shared concern the third loss for Gorka may mean he could Strictly Come Dancing in 2023.
Karl Dennis posted on Twitter: “I’m calling it now. Gorka is going to quit #Strictly before next year.”
Nigel simply added: “Gorka will quit,” while others simply shared their sympathy with the professional dancer.
@Tj78_rm posted: “I think people are misinterpreting Gorka’s face after Hamza’s win.
“I think it was genuine sadness and disapointment because he really believed in Helen’s talent to go all the way.
“He soon was smiling and I’m sure he holds no ill feeling towards Hamza #Strictly.”
Sean Gallagher added: “Would have preferred Helen & Gorka to win as I didn’t think Hamza was up to his usual high standard tonight but fair enough result over the whole piece #Strictly.”
Ali Sendall shared: “I’m gutted for you @gorkamarquez1 @HelenSkelton but you are a lot of peoples winners.
“You have won the heart of the nation and have had the most amazing journey together. You have brought the fierce Helen back Gorka and you are my winners #Strictly.”
While Helen may not have won the Strictly Come Dancing trophy, she is predicted to go on to make “six-figures” in presenting roles for the BBC.
A source told The Sun: “Helen are Hamza are well thought of at the BBC and the executives are delighted at how the show has boosted their profiles.
“They’ve wanted some sensational stars to emerge in Strictly this year which is a ‘full’ show for the first time since it was scaled back by Covid two years ago.
“Viewers seem to have thrown their support behind Helen and Hamza in a way few other finalists have enjoyed.
“The Beeb are keen to build on that and make sure they stay with the BBC, which is where they’ve both developed their careers so far.”
Strictly Come Dancing: The Final is available to catch up on BBC iPlayer.
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