Gordon Ramsay couldn’t help but shed a tear as his daughter Tilly Ramsay crashed out of Strictly Come Dancing on Sunday night
Gordon Ramsay shed a tear as his daughter Tilly exited Strictly Come Dancing.
The TV chef was clearly a proud father as he watched Tilly give a heartfelt speech following her exit from the BBC One show after a tough dance-off with Rhys Stephenson.
Gordon was clearly overcome with emotion, standing alongside his wife Tana Ramsay, as he shed a tear over his daughter’s exit from the show after the four judges – Craig Revel Horwood, Shirley Ballas, Anton du Beke and Cynthia Erizo – opted to save Rhys.
The camera panned to Gordon and Tana giving Tilly and her professional partner Nikita Kuzmin a standing ovation, but the chef had to briefly stop his clapping to wipe away the tears from his eyes.
Tilly exited the show on Sunday night after performing a Samba to Levitating by Dua Lipa.
“I’d just like to say a massive thank you to everyone who has made this an amazing, positive journey for me,” she said after her exit.
“From everyone here to backstage, wardrobe, make up and camera crew. It’s just been the most extraordinary time. I found out something about myself that I didn’t know I could do, I didn’t know I could dance and have fun like this.”
She shared: “So a massive thank you and, obviously, a huge thank you to Nikita who has guided me out of my shell and has just made this the most amazing experience.”
She also heaped praise on her “best friend” Nikita, adding: “Thank you, thank you, thank you. It’s just been amazing. I really meant it when I said I made a best friend for life. You’ve just been incredible. Thank you for the best couple of weeks.”
And it wasn’t just Gordon in tears as Nikita cried too.
“I’m just grateful for everything, for the whole Strictly team, for the production team, for the costume, for the make-up, for everything. Thank you guys, thank you to the professionals and cast, and a huge, huge thank you to Tilly,” he said.
The judges described the decision as “really difficult”.
Cynthia shared: “This is really, really difficult. Both couples did beautifully but it just came down to the tiny details like the finish of the footwork. I’d like to save Rhys and Nancy,” whilst Anton described it as a “terrific dance off”.