During the launch show, TikTok star Tilly chatted with co-host Tess Daly about her ‘embarrassing dad’ and revealed that he had taken to waking her up every morning at 6am by coming into her room playing the Strictly theme tune.
However, there was more to come when Tilly was officially paired up with Nikita.
The pro dancer came knocking on her door, and Tilly revealed: ‘When I opened the door and saw Nikita it gave me a huge adrenaline rush, I’m so happy to be paired with him.’
Nikita, 23, also shared that he was ‘secretly wishing’ for the CBBC presenter as he said that they were ‘both buzzing with energy’ upon introduction.
Dad Gordon was keen to be kept up with developments though and FaceTimed his 19-year-old daughter to be introduced to her partner.
After a quick ‘Uh-oh, it’s Dad’, Tilly made the introductions.
Gordon appeared to be on his best behaviour, as he began: ‘Congratulations! Good luck to you both.’
The next thing out his mouth though, almost instantly?
‘Nikita, can you do your shirt up?’
The pro dancer was only too happy to quicky comply (smart move) as Tilly groaned and finished the call with: ‘Okay, it’s time to go!’
However, when the pre-recorded introduction video came to an end, and the show cut to Nikita and Tilly ready to chat with Claudia Winkleman, Nikita proved to have an excellent sense of humour as he pretended to do his open dance shirt up to the very top.
Claudia joked: ‘There you go, just in case Dad’s watching – all the way up, and scarf please, and balaclava.’
Although it might take Gordon a hot second to warm up to Nikita (if ever), Claudia was won over almost immediately by the Ukrainian pro’s charm.
As he told the 49-year-old that the Cha-cha-cha was his favourite dance as it was ‘so Latin, so intense and so cheeky’, the dancer found the camera on ‘cheeky’ and stared right down the lens.
Claudia was beside herself, and commented: ‘Nikita, you’re so cute – you looked at the lens and said cheeky. It was thrilling!’
She then added: ‘You can stay – I don’t even care whether you can dance.’
Tilly might not appreciate having a famous father who embarrasses her, but she did admit to one plus when it came to competing on Strictly with the Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares star as her dad.
‘I’m not too worried about the judges, I mean my dad is Gordon Ramsay – how scary can Craig be, compared to him?’
Strictly Come Dancing continues on Saturdays on BBC One.
Credit: Original article published here.