Talk about a comeback! Musicals Week on Strictly Come Dancing delivered quite the surprise as Week Nine saw Tilly Ramsay and her pro partner Nikita Kuzmin (who joined the Strictly Come Dancing professionals earlier this year) top the Strictly Come Dancing leaderboard.
Tilly had to fight for her place in the competition for the previous two weeks, first facing Adam Peaty and then Sara Davies in the dreaded dance-off. But her run of bad luck might be about to change after the chef and TikTok star earned a perfect score of 40 points from the judges.
Tilly and Nikita wowed the panel – including guest judge Cynthia Erivo, replacing an absent Craig Revel Horwood – with their Couple’s Choice dance to Revolting Children from Matilda... and they even got a congratulatory message from Tim Minchin too!
But the fun of musicals is over and it is on to a Samba to Levitating by Dua Lipa for Tilly when she enters the ballroom once again in Week Ten.
Will they make it through to next week? They'll be competing against the likes of Dan Walker and AJ Odudu, who are two of the other contestants who remain from the Strictly Come Dancing 2021 line-up following all the departures.
Here's everything you need to know about Tilly Ramsay.
Who is Tilly Ramsay?
Job: Chef and social media star
Partnered with: Nikita Kuzmin
Tilly is a chef, social media influencer and TV presenter. She has over 9.5 million followers on TikTok, where she regularly posts funny videos of herself and her dad Gordon either dancing or carrying out pranks.
She presented Matilda and the Ramsay Bunch on CBBC, which saw her cooking and having adventures along with her family, for which she received three Children’s BAFTA nominations.
In 2017 she published her first cookery book inspired by the show, Matilda & The Ramsay Bunch: Tilly's Kitchen Takeover. Tilly and Gordon also hosted a regular cooking item on This Morning, Big Chef Little Chef.
Tilly's Strictly journey
Week One: Waltz (5 + 5 + 6 + 5) = 21
Week Two: Charleston (8 + 9 + 9 + 8) = 34
Week Three: Jive (6 + 7 + 7 + 7) = 27
Week Four: Paso Doble (6 + 8 + 9 +9) = 32
Week Five: Foxtrot (9 + 9 + 9 + 9) = 36
Week Six: Cha Cha (8 + 9 + 9 + 9) = 35
Week Seven: Tango (8 + 8 + 7 + 8) = 31
Week Eight: Quickstep (7 + 7 + 7 + 8) = 29
Week Nine: Couple's Choice (10 + 10 + 10 + 10) = 40
The 19-year-old had said previously that she was ready for the challenge of Strictly, saying: “I’m so excited and grateful to be joining the Strictly family! I’m always up for fun new challenges and this will be my biggest adventure yet! I’m going to put my heart and soul into this and can’t wait to get my dancing shoes on and show my Dad how it’s really done! Bring on the glitz, glamour and sequins!”
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Tilly's parents also sent in a video message to This Morning, with Gordon jokingly warning her: “Don’t date those dancers!” “Thank goodness it’s her and not you!” added Tilly’s mother Tana.
After a respectable run so far, we're looking forward to seeing what Tilly brings to her sixth week in the competition.