Strictly Come Dancing in talks with Gordon Ramsay’s daughter Tilly, 18
From Simon Boyle's Bizarre Column
IT seems bosses behind Strictly Come Dancing aren’t scared of Gordon Ramsay – they have asked his daughter Matilda to go on the show.
The Beeb has approached the 18-year-old TV host, known as Tilly, to appear in the ballroom contest as they think she will be a hit.
A source said: “Tilly is already popular with younger viewers from her shows on CBBC and bosses think she could bring that audience with her.
“They’ve already seen Joe Sugg, Karim Zeroual and Saffron Barker bring in new fans to the show and they hope she could do the same.
“Tilly is keen to be a star in her own right, rather than just being known as Gordon’s daughter, and Strictly could be a great way for her to come out of her father’s shadow.
“They’ve spoken to her formally and said she can take part either this year or next. They’ve left the ball in her court.”
Since 2015 Tilly has hosted Matilda And The Ramsay Bunch and has appeared alongside her dad on This Morning. The show has seen a drive towards getting younger viewers watching, with YouTube star Joe coming second in 2018 and kids’ TV actor Karim doing the same in 2019. YouTuber Saffron finished fifth in the same year. Despite the pandemic potentially making it impossible for Strictly to be filmed as normal, bosses have been stepping up to their efforts to get big names on board.
They’ve also spoken to Jonathan Ross’s wife Jane Goldman, as we revealed last week, and hoped to bag Michelle Keegan but she turned them down.
The source added: “Tilly wants to be known as more than just her dad’s eldest daughter.
"Strictly would be the perfect platform to give her a name in her own right and the chance to take home a trophy that Gordon doesn’t have.”
This year’s Strictly is currently in chaos as bosses attempt to work out how they can maintain social distancing rules and still put on the competition.
One idea suggested is for each professional and their celeb to isolate together, which could fuel the Strictly curse rumor. I wouldn’t want to be the dancer who had to meet Gordon afterward if that idea gets the go-ahead.