Ahead of the return of Strictly Come Dancing this weekend, Tilly Ramsay says her dad is right behind her – but says she has stopped talking to brother Jack about the show after he slated her dancingg
Strictly Come Dancing hopeful Tilly Ramsay says growing up with hot-head dad Gordon ensures she has no fear when it comes to the judges.
The show’s youngest contestant says being the daughter of the sweary chef, 54, means she being handed criticism is par for the course.
The 19-year-old has described her dancing as “awkward, uncoordinated and pretty clumsy”.
But if the panel think that will make her an easy target, think again.
Tilly says she is ready for whatever they throw at her because she was born will bullet-proof thick skin thanks to her dad.
Telly chef Gordon has certainly toughened the teen up and she can’t wait to get stuck in.
“I think I’ll take criticism from the judges pretty well,” she revealed ahead of the series.
“I do live with one of the harshest critics in my house, Dad, so I’m pretty used to that kind of stuff.
“He’ll give his own criticism, but it’s all about learning and the whole process. You need criticism to learn.”
After she was announced as the ninth contestant for the 2021 series, Gordon took to Instagram to gush: “So proud of this one @tillyramsay youngest dancer ever! good luck darling @bbcstrictly.”
Her dad is right behind but her brother Jack, 21, was not much help when she joined the show.
Tilly said: “He just said, ‘But why? You can’t dance’.
“I was like, ‘Thank you for the confidence boost, that’s just what I needed’. So I’ve stopped talking to him about it.”
But her mum Tana, 47, will be right behind her.
“Mum will be a really big supporter, as well as all my family,” she added.
“But mum is very good at calming me and just being there. Same for dad, I think they’re both excited for me, also nervous for me because they know I’m feeling slightly terrified.”
The chef, social media influencer and CBBC presenter will make her debut on the BBC One show when it launches this weekend alongside 14 other celebrities.
But Tilly confessed to being nervous ahead of her debut in a group dance.
She said: “Dancing in front of an audience does terrify me. There’s nowhere to hide and doing it live is even more terrifying. I’ll have to control the nerves.”
What viewers won’t see is that not only is Tilly making her dancing debut, she’s also starting university.
“They’re both happening very close together,” she said when asked which she is most nervous about.
“I think I’d say Strictly because at least with university I have done a bit of psychology before and I know what I’m going into whereas with this, I’m throwing myself into the deep end.”
Strictly Come Dancing, BBC One, 7.45pm, Saturday