Tilly Ramsay has paid an emotional tribute to her dance partner Nikita Kuzmin, saying he helped her grow her confidence - as Nikita thanked her family for making him feel welcome in between Strictly shows.

Tilly, 20, and her partner Nikita, 23, went out the show on Sunday after impressing viewers with her dancing the Samba to Dua Lipa's Levitating.

The duo, who captivated viewers with their onscreen relationship, battled against CBBC presenter Rhys Stephenson and professional Nancy Xu during the dance off.

They also made the most of their last dance as Nikita stripped off his shirt in front of the cameras.

Tilly shared a picture of herself hugging Nikita on the show and wrote: "Wow I don't even know where to start!! These past 10 weeks have been the most incredible and most challenging weeks of my life but I have enjoyed every single second of it."

Tilly added that Nikita was the "best partner I could have wished for", saying: "You have just been incredible in so many ways.

"Week 1 I dreaded the thought of dancing alone and I gripped onto you for dear life during our waltz but somehow by week 10 you managed to get me shaking and laughing on that ballroom floor when dancing by myself.

Nikita took to Instagram shortly after and replied saying: "So much to say that I don’t even know where to begin with."

"I’m immensely grateful to have had the opportunity to meet and share the most beautiful journey with you @tillyramsay such a pure, joyful, beautiful soul it’s been a pleasure sharing every moment of this experience.

"This past couple of month has been one of the best times in my life and I couldn’t have wished for a better partner to share my first season on Strictly with than you Tills.

"So grateful to have met the Ramsay family. Gordon, Tana, Meg, Holly, Jack & Oscar. You’re amazing people, thank you for making me always feel welcome and loved in your family.

"And HUGE Thank you to the packed lunches queen mom @tanaramsay I don’t know how we would have done this one without you!

"Thank you to all of our team Tillita for supporting us from beginning up till the very end. Love you guys!"