Strictly Come Dancing is returning for another star-studded series on BBC One this weekend. The celebrities have been rehearsing ahead of the live shows, but the youngest contestant of this year’s competition Tilly Ramsay has admitted her dancing style is “awkward and uncoordinated”. However, the 19-year-old old said she is determined to embrace all the sequins and master the Waltz – and impress her famous dad.
Tilly is the daughter of British chef Gordon Ramsay and is best known for presenting the BBC cooking show Matilda and the Ramsay Bunch on CCBC.
This weekend she will be ditching the dough to make her dancing debut on BBC One’s biggest ballroom competition in front of thousands of viewers.
She’ll be hoping to impress not only fans of the show but judges Shirley Ballas, Motsi Mabuse, Craig Revel Horwood, and professional dancer Anton Du Beke, who will replace Bruno Tonioli.
But Tilly isn’t too worried about their critique admitting she’s more concerned about what her father will think.
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Speaking to press including Express.co.uk, Tilly explained her dad is “one of the harshest critics around”.
“So I am used to that kind of stuff,” she added. “I think my dad will give his own criticism at times, but you need criticism to learn.”
Detailing why she wanted to sign up to the show, the teen continued: “I really wanted to throw myself into this challenge because it’s something really out of my comfort zone.
“I just think it will be so cool to learn how to dance because I can’t dance at the moment.”
Tilly explained she has a “love-hate relationship” with high heels, but she will have to become used to them for the dancing competition.
“I have worn them about once in my life to my 18th birthday party and they were off within five minutes, as they were painful,” Tilly added.
“Since then I have never put them back on until recently [when I have been] trying to walk around in heels trying to get used to them.
“But after a couple of minutes, my feet hurt and my slippers come right back on. I’d love to be able to do the Waltz in slippers and be different and unique.”
When asked about being the youngest contestant on the new series, Tilly said: “I am really excited about being the youngest, but in this kind of situation, I think age doesn’t matter. I am sure it’s going to be a great experience.”
However, she did explain the thought of dancing in front of an audience “terrifies her” as there will be nowhere to hide if something goes wrong.
She added: “Also doing it live is even more terrifying as you cannot stop and start again.”
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, last year’s show was unable to feature a live studio audience, but the ballroom will be packed with crowds again this year.
Ahead of the launch, Tilly rated her dancing ability very lowly on the scale, at a two out of 10.
When describing her dancing style in three words, she said: “It’s awkward, uncoordinated, and pretty clumsy, I am a very clumsy person.”
Tilly will be battling for the Glitter Ball alongside a host of other celebrities including Dragons’ Den star Sara Davies, presenter AJ Odudu and EastEnders stars Nina Wadia and Rose Ayling-Ellis.
Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One for an all-new series on Saturday, September 18.
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