Strictly’s Hamza Yassin admits he’s struggled to adjust to his newfound fame

‘I normally spend weeks by myself!’: Strictly’s Hamza Yassin admits he’s struggling with his newfound fame – as fan favourite is tipped to win show

Hamza Yassin has revealed he’s struggling to adjust to his newfound fame after earning a legion of fans from Strictly Come Dancing

The CBeebies star, 32, typically spends a lot of time in solicitude while working on his wildlife shows but is now spending his weeks in intense training sessions with dance partner Jowita Prystal.  

During a joint appearance on Thursday’s Loose Women the pair were asked how they’re finding the process. 

'Normally I spend weeks by myself!': Strictly's Hamza Yassin admitted he's struggled to adjust to his newfound fame as he appeared on Thursday's episode of Loose Women

‘Normally I spend weeks by myself!’: Strictly’s Hamza Yassin admitted he’s struggled to adjust to his newfound fame as he appeared on Thursday’s episode of Loose Women 

Addressing the initial backlash when he signed on the show, Hamza said: ‘When I got announced it was “who is he?”

‘Normally I’m not under the spotlight and Jowita told me it would all be fine, she gets me through and then I just flip her on a Saturday! It is a lot for me because I can spend weeks by myself.’

After starting out as an underdog Hamza is now the firm favourite to win the show after a series of stunning routines.

Having topped the leaderboard four times and avoided the dreaded dance-off so far, Hamza’s odds are currently 1-3. 

Two of a kind: The CBeebies star, 32, typically spends a lot of time in solicitude working on his wildlife shows but is now spending his weeks in intense training sessions with Jowita Prystal

Two of a kind: The CBeebies star, 32, typically spends a lot of time in solicitude working on his wildlife shows but is now spending his weeks in intense training sessions with Jowita Prystal

Hamza – who has worked on Countryfile and Animal Park – is known to younger viewers under the guise of Ranger Hamza, presenting CBeebies live-action show Let’s Go For A Walk and new series Ranger Hamza’s Eco Quest. 

He comes from humble roots and previously revealed that he was voluntarily homeless for nine months as he tried to achieve his dream of becoming a wildlife photographer.

The presenter left home when he was 21 after being inspired by a family holiday to a remote Scottish village on the west coast peninsula of Ardnamurchan.

Speaking out: During a joint appearance on Thursday's Loose Women the pair were asked how they're finding the process

Speaking out: During a joint appearance on Thursday’s Loose Women the pair were asked how they’re finding the process

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He decided to stay in the village to observe the wildlife, despite having no job and nowhere to live, with his parents convinced it was just a phase.

Hamza soon made a name for himself on the island and would have locals approach him to tell him of their wildlife spots.

He has lived there ever since and recently fronted Channel 4 documentary Scotland: My Life in the Wild and Scotland: Escape to the Wilderness, in which he guided celebrity companions on journeys through western and eastern Scotland and the Highlands.

Hamza said: 'Jowita told me it would all be fine, she gets me through and then I just flip her on a Saturday! It is a lot for me because I can spend weeks by myself.'

Hamza said: ‘Jowita told me it would all be fine, she gets me through and then I just flip her on a Saturday! It is a lot for me because I can spend weeks by myself.’

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