Fans perceived Gorka to be angry on behalf of his dancing partner Helen Skelton when the couple missed out on the Glitterball last December. Find out what he really thought
Strictly Come Dancing's Gorka Marquez has finally addressed the rumours surrounding his reaction to Hamza Yassin's Glitterball win.
Back in December during the 2022 Strictly final, fans of the competition perceived Gorka's reaction to Hamza and Jowita's win to be rather cold.
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But now the professional dancer has tried to set the record straight with regards to what he claims was a misconception.
The professional dancer revealed his true feelings about his and his partner Helen Skelton's glitterball snub during an appearance on BBC Breakfast to promote his and fellow Strictly star Karen Hauer's new Firedance show and tour.
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BBC Breakfast host Sally Nugent prompted the discussion, saying: "Gorka, we watched you all the way through Strictly, and you know – that moment at the final. We saw the emotion in that and I think everybody felt it".
"How do you get over that, in a way?" she asked.
Hamza and Jowita were the lucky Glitterball winners
Gorka admitted the moment had been a difficult one: "Do you know what, it was only just like, probably the first ten mins after the results, where I go – 'Oh'. You know, that disappointment, of 'Oh we were so close, and we haven't got it.'"
However, he continued: "But after you take yourself out of yourself, and look at what Helen achieved this series… For me it just means more to see that growth and improvement through the weeks, and how much she'd grown as a person, and her confidence and how happy she was…
Helen and Gorka amazed everyone with their performances
"For me, that means more than just winning the trophy," he explained, before summarising: "So yeah, I was very happy – even if I wasn't happy at the minute I hadn't won it."
For sure, after Helen and Gorka's amazing journey throughout the show it's understandable that a lot of emotion came out at the final hurdle. However, it's great to confirm that Gorka's initial apparent disappointment was soon replaced with a sense of real happiness and pride at their achievements, Glitterball or no Glitterball.
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