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Strictly star Zara McDermotts sweet nod to grandparents as they cheer her on in the audience

Zara McDermott's second Strictly Come Dancing performance will be particularly special for the ex-Love Islander, with the dance having a sweet link to her grandparents.

The ex-Love Islander, 26, is competing on this year's series of the BBC One show with professional dancer Graziano Di Prima, 29, with the duo proving to be a perfect match on the dance floor.

Zara performed the quickstep with Graziano on Saturday's show and her mum Karen has revealed that the quickstep has a special link to her parents – Zara's grandparents – who would dance the quickstep together when they were dating.

Karen shared a post on Facebook while travelling to watch Zara's Strictly live performance, revealing that the Love Islander's grandparents would be in the audience at this week's show.

"We're taking my parents to the show who are both nearly 90!" she penned. "Back in their younger days when they were courting they used to dance the quickstep so seeing their granddaughter perform this on Strictly is something they never dreamed would happen (and nor could we!)."

Karen sweetly added: "I cannot wait to see their faces light up as she takes to the dance floor. Keeping everything crossed she stays in this week. Your votes to make this happen will be much appreciated thank you."

It comes after Karen opened up to OK!about her daughter's Strictly journey, admitting that dancing hasn't came "naturally" for Zara as she has "no dance experience whatsoever."

In an exclusive chat, Karen said of her joining Strictly: "I was obviously absolutely thrilled for her first of all, but having watched the show a fair bit through the years, and knowing the standard of the dancing, I was slightly worried because she has absolutely no dance experience whatsoever.

"So I was thrilled but at the same time thinking oh my goodness how is she going to step up."

Talking about Zara's determination, Karen opened up about her daughter's strict training regime, saying she's "thrown everything" into it.

"So I think she has just thrown everything into being in the rehearsal studio, and because she hasn’t had any dance experience, she is really having to work on it, probably for some people it's more natural than others, but for her it isn’t really," she told us.

"It doesn’t feel natural so she’s having to put the extra work in, so she really isn’t doing anything else apart from rehearsing."

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