Gordon Ramsay’s daughter Tilly says he’s a useless dancer and takes a ‘very long time’ to learn their TikTok routines.
The Strictly Come Dancing contestant, 19, who’s the youngest star to compete on the show, revealed Gordon, 54, has ‘always wanted to learn how to dance’ but he’s got ‘two left feet’ and she often grows impatient while attempting to teach him moves.
Tilly says living with the TV chef has prepared her for taking criticism from the Strictly judges, and she predicts Gordon will give his own review of her performances.
‘He’s just not very good at all’: Gordon Ramsay’s daughter Tilly says he’s a useless dancer and takes a ‘very long time’ to learn their TikTok routines
Speaking ahead of her Strictly debut on September 18, Tilly said: ‘Dad is very excited for me to be taking part. He’s always wanted to learn how to dance but he’s just not very good at all. He has got two left feet.
‘I will try to teach him but I do get slightly impatient with him because it takes him a very long time.
‘I think I’ll take criticism from the judges pretty well – I do live with one of the harshest critics in my house, dad, so I’m pretty used to that kind of stuff.
‘I think my family will all be fine. Dad will probably be like ‘oh well I thought’ – he’ll probably give his own criticism at times but it’s all about learning and the whole process and you need criticism to learn.’
‘It takes him a long time’: The Strictly star revealed Gordon has ‘always wanted to learn how to dance’ but he’s got ‘two left feet’ and she grows impatient attempting to teach him moves
Tilly admitted it isn’t just her famous dad she has to impress on the dance floor, after her twin brother Jack mocked her for signing up, which has given her the motivation to go even further in the competition.
She said: ‘I would usually say I’m not too competitive but I am quite competitive in certain situations.
‘I am very competitive against my brother I love beating him however I can. I wouldn’t say I’m overly competitive, no. My brother said ‘but why, you cannot dance’ when I signed up – I was like well, ‘thank you for the confidence boost, it was just what I needed.’
Tilly, who prefers to wear casual clothes, says she’s going to embrace her Strictly makeover, which will involve plenty of bronzing, sequins and glitzy dresses.
‘I don’t usually dress up’: Tilly, who prefers to wear casual clothes, says she’s going to embrace her Strictly makeover, which will involve plenty of bronzing, sequins and glitzy dresses
She admitted: ‘It’s going to be a big change for me. I don’t usually dress up in full glitter and sparkles so; it is definitely going to be different to my tracksuits and hoodies.
‘I have more of a hate, hate relationship with heels – I have worn them about once in my life to my 18th birthday party and they were off within five minutes.
‘They were too painful and since then I have never really put them back on until recently I have been trying to walk around the house in some heels and get used to them but after a couple of minutes my feet hurt and my slippers come on.
‘The hair and makeup is going to be cool. I’m pretty used to rolling out of bed and going so, having a full face of makeup and hair is going to be great. I’m going to embrace the sequins.’
- Strictly Come Dancing returns on Saturday 18th September on BBC One
STRICTLY COME DANCING 2021: WHO ARE THE CONTESTANTS?
Profession: McFly musician
Tom says: ‘I’m so pleased the news is out it’s been so hard keeping it secret. Equal parts excited and terrified.’
Fun fact: Tom’s McFly bandmate Harry Judd won Strictly Come Dancing in 2011. Tom’s wife Giovanna Fletcher is the reigning champion of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!
Profession: Actor and comedian
Robert says: ‘It’s very exciting but with a slight undertone of quivering terror.’
Fun Fact: Robert squeezed into a shiny leotard to take the title of Let’s Dance For Comic Relief in 2009, performing What A Feeling from ’80s film Flashdance, beating the likes of Keith Lemon and Paddy McGuinness to the title.
Profession: CBBC presenter
Rhys says: ‘I have dreamt about being on this show, and I know for a fact that it is going to exceed every expectation’
Fun fact: Rhys has been an actor since the age of ten, performing alongside Matt Smith and Hugh Bonneville.
Katie says: ‘I’m really not a dancer, but I’m so excited to learn a new skill on this crazy journey and cannot wait to slip into some sequins along the way.’
Fun fact: Katie, who played Sinead Tinker in Corrie, won a NTA for Best Serial Drama Performance in 2020.
Profession: CBBC presenter
Tilly says: ’I’m going to put my heart and soul into this and can’t wait to get my dancing shoes on!’
Fun fact: Tilly’s father is celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay and the pair often star in dancing TikTok videos.
Nina says: ‘I think I should do this before I’m too old and can’t walk anymore. I just want to grab life by the horns and just enjoy it.’
Fun fact: Nina is a JDRF Ambassador and was awarded an OBE in the 2021 New Year’s Honours List.
Adam says: ‘I’m really looking forward to doing something totally different and challenging myself away from the pool.’
Fun fact: Adam becoming the first British swimmer to defend an Olympic title at Tokyo 2020.
Profession: Rugby player and sports pundit
Ugo says: ‘What a dream come true! Strictly is the biggest entertainment show on TV and I can’t wait to show everyone I’ve got more than just dad dancing moves.
Fun fact: Beginning his rugby career at Harlequins in 2002, Ugo went on to make 241 appearances for the club where he scored 89 tries, won a Premiership and made his England debut in 2008.
Profession: TV presenter
AJ says: ‘I think it’s going to be really challenging. I can’t wait for the sequins, the wigs, the glitz and the glamour.’
Fun Fact: Apocalypse Wow hosts AJ has featured on a whopping 14 TV shows this year, competing in the likes oF Cooking With The Stars and Celebrity Karaoke Club. She has appeared as a panelist on Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two in the past, too.
Profession: Great British Bake Off Winner and TV chef
John says: ‘I’m so grateful, excited, and nervous to be joining the Strictly 2021 family… I’ve been wearing sequins and jazzy attire since I was three years old and can’t wait to hurl myself, full throttle, around the most glamorous dance floor on earth’
Fun Fact: John is set tp be part of the first ever all-male partnering – the first in 17 years of the show.
Sara says: ‘I’m really nervous because so far the producers keep asking me if I can dance… Truth be told – I haven’t got a clue! I’ve not danced since I did ballet lessons when I was little.’
Fun fact: Sara was the youngest ever dragon on BBC show Dragons’ Den.
Dan says: ‘I’m enjoying the experience when it starts of learning to dance. I’ll be honest I’m not making room on any shelves in my house for the glitterball.’
Fun fact: Dan recently quit Football Focus after 12 years at the helm and has been covering Tokyo Olympics.
Greg says: ‘It’s about being out there and exposing yourself as someone who can’t dance, and learning.’
Fun fact: Greg is married to the actress Emma Thompson who he met while filming Sense and Sensibility.
Rose says: ‘I hope I will do the deaf community proud and break down more barriers. I am also very excited to learn an incredible new skill.’
Fun fact: Rose will make history as Strictly’s first deaf contestant.
Judi says: ‘I’m truly looking forward to pushing myself in something that I could have only dreamed of doing and now it’s actually coming true!’
Fun fact: Judi began comedy when she performed a set in front of her class for a degree module.