Strictly fans admire Gordon Ramsay for 'crying with pride' watching daughter Tilly dance the Samba


He has been there every step of the way during his daughter’s Strictly Come Dancing journey.

And Gordon Ramsay couldn’t hold back the tears on Saturday night as YouTuber Tilly danced the Samba to Dua Lipa’s Levitating with professional partner Nikita Kuzmin.

This was not the first instance the high profile chef, 55, has welled up watching his 20-year-old daughter take to the Strictly dancefloor, but her latest performance had a lot at stake: next week’s quarter-final. 

Proud dad: Gordon Ramsay couldn't hold back the tears on Saturday night as his daughter Tilly danced the Samba on Strictly Come Dancing

Proud dad: Gordon Ramsay couldn’t hold back the tears on Saturday night as his daughter Tilly danced the Samba on Strictly Come Dancing 

Tilly and Nikita earned a score of 30 for their routine, with head judge Shirley Ballas remarking: ‘I think it needed tidying up a bit. Otherwise, a really good go at a very difficult dance.’

Fans of the dance competition admired the restaurateur for displaying his emotions and one described the moment as ‘exactly what fatherhood should be.’

A second admitted Gordon’s tearing up ‘gets me right in the feels’, while a third said it was ‘so sweet’ that the proud dad ‘always gets emotional.’ 

Samba star: This was not the first instance the high profile chef, 55, has welled up watching his 20-year-old daughter take to the Strictly dancefloor, but her latest performance had a lot at stake: next week's quarter-final

Samba star: This was not the first instance the high profile chef, 55, has welled up watching his 20-year-old daughter take to the Strictly dancefloor, but her latest performance had a lot at stake: next week’s quarter-final

Praise: Fans of the dance competition admired the restaurateur for displaying his emotions and one described the moment as 'exactly what fatherhood should be'

Praise: Fans of the dance competition admired the restaurateur for displaying his emotions and one described the moment as ‘exactly what fatherhood should be’ 

In October, Gordon was moved to tears again after his youngest daughter took on the Charleston and danced to Yes Sir! That’s My Baby by Firehouse Five Plus Two.

Spotting Gordon crying, host Tess Daly pointed out: ‘Oh darling, everyone’s on their feet, that was so much fun! Your dad Gordon shed a tear, he’s so proud of you!’ 

Last week, Tilly and Nikita topped the leaderboard with a perfect score of 40 points following their Couple’s Choice dance to Revolting Children from Matilda.

Support: A second fan of the show admitted Gordon's tearing up 'gets me right in the feels', while a third said it was 'so sweet' that the proud dad 'always gets emotional'

Support: A second fan of the show admitted Gordon’s tearing up ‘gets me right in the feels’, while a third said it was ‘so sweet’ that the proud dad ‘always gets emotional’

They left the judges and audience on their feet following their perfectly executed and energetic performance, which comes after the pair previously landed in the dance-off two weeks in a row.

The stellar display also comes after rumours began to swirl that BBC bosses were ‘pushing’ for Tilly to make the final.    

Getting into character as mischievous school children, Tilly and Nikita appeared determined not to land in the dreaded bottom two as they pulled off a specular routine full of flicks and tricks.

And their hard work certainly paid off as the judges awarded them top scores, with Shirley remarking she struggled to tell who the professional was. 

She told them: ‘That’s how good you was. No disrespect to you [Nikita] but she kept up with you every step of the way.’

Top of the class! Last week, Tilly and Nikita topped the leaderboard with a perfect score of 40 points following their Couple’s Choice dance to Revolting Children from Matilda

Top of the class! Last week, Tilly and Nikita topped the leaderboard with a perfect score of 40 points following their Couple’s Choice dance to Revolting Children from Matilda

Elsewhere in the show, fans slammed the judges for ‘undermarking’ AJ Odudu’s routine. 

The presenter, 33, and her professional partner Kai Widdrington, 26, danced a Couple’s Choice to Make Me Feel by Janelle Monae, placing them second on the leaderboard with a score of 36. 

However fans took umbrage with stand-in judge Cythia Erivo, who was Motsi Mabuse’s replacement for the weekend, after she awarded Dan Walker a higher score than AJ.   

'That was a 40!' Elsewhere in the show, fans slammed the judges for 'undermarking' AJ Odudu's routine

‘That was a 40!’ Elsewhere in the show, fans slammed the judges for ‘undermarking’ AJ Odudu’s routine

Despite Cynthia gushing: ‘I have a special place in my heart for AJ. I love you so much, I thought that was wonderful,’ fans hit out at her decision to give Dan a nine for his Rumba while only awarding AJ eight points.  

‘THAT was a 40!!! Cynthia, I love you but an 8, AN EIGHT, when you gave Dan a 9??’ one frustrated viewer wrote on the microblogging site. 

Another aggrieved fan penned: ‘They really are marking AJ and Dan on different criteria.’  An additional disgruntled tweet read: ‘Stop undermarking AJ and Kai STOP IT.’ 

Routine: The presenter, 33, and her professional partner Kai Widdrington, 26, danced a Couple's Choice to Make Me Feel by Janelle Monae

Routine: The presenter, 33, and her professional partner Kai Widdrington, 26, danced a Couple’s Choice to Make Me Feel by Janelle Monae

Last week, AJ and Kai continued to fuel romance rumours as they teased a kiss during their romantic Waltz. Ahead of their dance, Kai teased that he wanted to kiss AJ as he encouraged her to get into character as lovebirds Maria and Captain von Trapp. 

On Friday, the pair took their rumoured relationship to the next level by going to AJ’s native Blackburn and went to a football stadium together where her mum Florence posed in a snap with them. 

On Saturday, Dan and his partner Nadiya Bychkova received a score of 31 for their Rumba after leaving the judges stunned with his hip-thrusting actions.  

Controversial: Cynthia Erivo, Motsi Mabuse's replacement for the weekend, awarded a nine, in comparison to AJ's eight, to journalist Dan Walker for his Rumba, a decision which prompted the Twitter outrage

Controversial: Cynthia Erivo, Motsi Mabuse’s replacement for the weekend, awarded a nine, in comparison to AJ’s eight, to journalist Dan Walker for his Rumba, a decision which prompted the Twitter outrage 

Big reaction: 'THAT was a 40!!! Cynthia, I love you but an 8, AN EIGHT, when you gave Dan a 9??' one frustrated viewer wrote on the microblogging site

Big reaction: ‘THAT was a 40!!! Cynthia, I love you but an 8, AN EIGHT, when you gave Dan a 9??’ one frustrated viewer wrote on the microblogging site

Dance: They placed second on the leaderboard with a score of 36

Dance: They placed second on the leaderboard with a score of 36

Comparison: Dan Walker and his partner Nadiya Bychkova received a score of 31 for their Rumba to Desperado by the Eagles

Comparison: Dan Walker and his partner Nadiya Bychkova received a score of 31 for their Rumba to Desperado by the Eagles

STRICTLY COME DANCING WEEK 10 LEADERBOARD 

John and Johannes – 39

AJ and Kai – 36

Rhys and Nancy – 35

Rose and Giovanni – 33

Dan and Nadiya – 31

Tilly and Nikita – 30 

Cynthia made her second appearance on the judging panel, this week filling in for Motsi, who revealed she wouldn’t be on the show after being pinged by NHS Test and Trace. 

Topping the leaderboard the week before the quarter-finals was John Whaite and Johannes Radebe, who wowed the judges with their Argentine Tango to The 5th by David Garrett.

The former Great British Bake Off winner and his dance partner stole the show with their impressively intense routine, scoring an almost perfect score of 39.

Craig gushed: ‘I absolutely loved it,’ with the baker admitting he was ‘chuffed to bits’ with his outstanding score.  

Elsewhere, CBBC star Rhys Stephenson broke down in tears after his emotional Waltz to ‘You Light Up My Life’ by Whitney Houston, which saw him score 35.

Shirley said: ‘You have astounded me, it was beautiful. I felt your emotion, I never thought I would see that from you. I just want to give you a hug.’

The crowd booed when Craig laid into the routine and listed off a number of things he felt were wrong with it.

He admitted: ‘For me, technically, it’s not for me, darling.’   

Stealing the show: Topping the leader board the week before the quarter-finals was John Whaite and Johannes Radebe, who wowed the judges with their Argentine Tango to The 5th by David Garrett

Stealing the show: Topping the leader board the week before the quarter-finals was John Whaite and Johannes Radebe, who wowed the judges with their Argentine Tango to The 5th by David Garrett

Blown away: The couple's impressively intense routine scored them an almost perfect 39, with Craig gushing: 'I absolutely loved it'

Blown away: The couple’s impressively intense routine scored them an almost perfect 39, with Craig gushing: ‘I absolutely loved it’

Delighted: The baker said he was 'chuffed to bits' at receiving an almost perfect score

Delighted: The baker said he was ‘chuffed to bits’ at receiving an almost perfect score

In his feels: Elsewhere, CBBC star Rhys Stephenson broke down in tears after his emotional Waltz to ‘You Light Up My Life’ by Whitney Houston

In his feels: Elsewhere, CBBC star Rhys Stephenson broke down in tears after his emotional Waltz to ‘You Light Up My Life’ by Whitney Houston

Emotional: The routine scored him 35, with Shirley praising: 'You have astounded me, it was beautiful'

Emotional: The routine scored him 35, with Shirley praising: ‘You have astounded me, it was beautiful’

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