Great Britain

Gordon Ramsay shocks Strictly viewers as he berates daughter Tilly’s pro partner in awkward first meeting

GORDON Ramsay has shocked Strictly Come Dancing viewers by berating daughter Tilly's pro partner in their first meeting.

The celebrity chef couldn't hold back as he met ballroom dancer Nikita Kuzmin - making an awkward comment about his low-cut shirt.

Tilly, 19, made her first appearance on the celebrity ballroom competition on Saturday night - as viewers got to watch who she was partnered with.

"I'm going to need them to be relatively patient," she said of her dance partner. "Someone that's going to have fun and enjoy it with me."

"Each morning he's been waking me up with the Strictly theme tune," Tilly told show host Tess Daly ahead of the reveal. "It's not very pleasant at 6am."

Strictly cameras followed Tilly in pre-recorded footage as she sat waiting for her dance partner to come in the room alongside her mum.

But while the star looked delighted to see Nikita walk in the room, dad Gordon, 54, was quick to berate the dancer as they met over FaceTime.

"Congratulations - and good luck to you both," he told Tilly and Nikita, before adding: "Nikita, can you do your shirt up? It's a bit low."

The dancing partners burst into awkward laughter before the social media star and young chef swiftly hung up and told him it was "time to go".

As Tilly and Nikita sat down with co-host Claudia Winkleman, she joked the pro dancer should wear a "scarf and balaclava" to appease Gordon.

Fans took to Twitter to joke about the awkward meeting, as one wrote: "Telling Nikita to do that shirt up is SO Gordon!"

"Gordon Ramsey watching Tilly with her dance partner on Strictly," a second added, alongside a GIF of an unimpressed face.

Luckily for the chef - he has little to worry about as Ukrainian-born Nikita already has a girlfriend, fellow dancer Nicole Wirt.

It comes days after Tilly admitted she "wasn't scared" of the Strictly judges thanks to dad Gordon's fiery temper.

She said: "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. 

"Dad will be like, ‘Oh well I thought . . . ’ He’ll give his own criticism. But it’s all about learning and the whole process. You need criticism to learn.”

At 19, Tilly is the youngest competitor in the new series. In fact, she is one of the youngest in the show’s 17-year history.

The Sun revealed last year she was in the running to appear in the 2020 series, but a nasty fall ruled her out.

Gordon had pleaded with BBC bosses to give Tilly — who fronts their family reality show on CBBC called Matilda And The Ramsay Bunch — her primetime break.

And it seems the TV chef is living vicariously through Tilly, as his daughter revealed he has always wanted to learn to dance.

She explains: “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.

'DON'T DATE THOSE DANCERS'

After Tilly’s place in the new series was confirmed last month, proud Gordon made one of his famously unfiltered outbursts.

Referencing the Strictly Curse that has seen the marriages of several celebrity contestants fall apart, Gordon warned his daughter off potential suitors, saying: “Don’t date those dancers.”

Tilly admits she is far from being a natural on the dancefloor, and faces stiff competition from the other contestants including swimmer Adam Peaty, Hollyoaks star Katie McGlynn, and Peep Show actor Robert Webb.

Despite showing off her moves on TikTok — and sometimes roping in her dad — she rates her dancing ability as a “two out of ten”.

Plus, when Tilly’s mum Tana, 47, enrolled her in ballet school as a nipper, she quit after one day to join her older brother Jack in football camp. She says she was also always “at the back” of school productions.

She says: “I am not very good at dancing. If I was to describe my dancing style in three words it would be awkward, uncoordinated and pretty clumsy, I am a very clumsy person.”

Tilly is the second youngest of Gordon’s children. She says her siblings Megan, 23, twins Holly and Jack, 21, and two-year-old Oscar, will be cheering her on from the family home.

Gordon Ramsay BANS daughter Tilly from dating Strictly dancer after she signs up for the show

Football news:

Agent Miranchuk: By winter we will discuss the lease from Atalanta to another Italian club, I think. Returning to Russia is not considered
Salah broke Drogba 's record for goals in the AFL among Africans
Ronaldo on 0:5 from Liverpool: Manchester United fans deserve more. We are responsible for this, there is no one else to blame
A fiery meeting of PSG in Marseille: Neymar even had difficulty giving corners - he was protected by nets and shields
Pochettino after 0-0 with Marseille: I am pleased with the progress and development of PSG. Neymar showed commitment to the team
Courtois and Valverde were injured following the match with Barca
Mourinho, Spalletti, Inzaghi and Gasperini were removed in the Sunday matches of Serie A