Strictly Come Dancing star Tilly Ramsay has admitted she will be able to take any criticism the judges throw at her after she joked about life growing up with one of the country’s “harshest critics.”
The 20-year-old will be the youngest contestant to take part on the hit BBC One dance competition after she announced she was joining this year’s celebrity line up last month.
While the budding young chef prepares to take part on the 19th series of the show, the blonde bombshell will also be juggling student life as she enrolls in her first year of university.
But the star has revealed that she will cope well with constructive criticism from the Strictly Come Dancing judges after she took a cheeky swipe at the famous TV chef and her doting dad, Gordon Ramsay.
Speaking to Daily Star and other publications, Tilly admitted how her father has always wanted to learn to dance.
The pair have taken the internet by storm in recent years after the online influencer shared footage of the father-daughter duo’s hilarious moves on the social media platform, TikTok.
She shared: “Dad is very excited for me to be taking part, I think it’s something he’s always wanted to learn how to dance.
“He definitely has two left feet so I will try to teach him, but I do get slightly impatient with him ‘cause it takes him a very long time."
When asked how the student will cope with the firm criticism from this year’s line-up of Strictly judges, Tilly admitted that she isn’t worried about their negative feedback after growing up in the Ramsay household.
“I think I’ll deal with the criticism well,” she said. “I do live with one of the harshest critics, dad, so I’m pretty used to that kind of stuff.”
But Tilly issued a warning to the professional critics that they may have to deal with the wrath of the Hell’s Kitchen chef should he disagree with their comments.
“Dad will probably give his own criticism in time,” she added. “But it’s all about learning and it’s a new process so it will be interesting to learn.”
The TV star revealed her biggest support back home will be her mother who is admittedly a huge Strictly fan and has been encouraging her to get used to wearing heels ahead of the competition.
She continued: “Mum will be a really big supporter. We’ve grown up with it in our house so it doesn’t feel real that I'll be on it.
“It’s really exciting, it will be a big change for me I don’t usually dress up in full glitter and sparkles so definitely going to be different from my tracksuit and hoodie."
She admitted: “I’ve worn [heels] once in my life for my 18th birthday party and they were off within five minutes, they were too painful. Since then, I’ve never put them back on.
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“Recently, I’ve been walking around the house in heels to get used to them but after a couple of minutes my feet hurt and the slippers come right back on.”
But not everyone in the family has been as supportive, as Tilly admitted her brother was less hopeful of her time on the show.
When she told her older brother she would be taking part in this year’s series, he couldn’t help but laugh at her decision as she prepared for the competition ahead.
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She confessed: “My brother just said, ‘Why? You cannot dance’ and I said, ‘Oh thank you for the confidence boost, that’s just what I needed’ so I'm not talking to him about it.”
The TV star admitted that dancing has never been her strong suit even from a young age, but is ready to learn as she embarks on her Strictly journey.
Tilly confessed: “Mum tried to put us in ballet before when we were very young.
“I wasn’t very good so the next day I was in football camp with my brother, [but now] I am ready to embrace the sequins.”
Strictly Come Dancing will air on Saturday, September 18 at 8pm on BBC One
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