Tilly, 19, who is the daughter of chefs Gordon and Tana Ramsay, had been at training during the day, practicing their waltz – which they debuted on Saturday night’s show.
Nikita, 23, was seen arriving at Tilly’s apartment, with the TikTok star letting him inside.
Close: Tilly Ramsay and her Strictly partner Nikita Kuzmin have been getting on like a house on fire off-camera, it would seem – with the pro spotted at the student’s London flat on Thursday evening
‘Nikita was first and waited outside before Tilly arrived a few minutes later. They were grinning from ear-to-ear, chatting and laughing,’ an onlooker told The Sun. ‘They looked very comfortable in each other’s company, quite flirty.
‘There is a clear physical chemistry. After strolling to the door they headed inside and stayed all evening.’
Nikita, however, has a girlfriend, Nicole Wirt, who lives in Germany.
Another show insider said: ‘It’s no secret that Tilly and Nikita have hit it off really well. A lot of the older cast and crew think they’re really cute.
Coupled up: Tilly, 19, who is the daughter of chefs Gordon and Tana Ramsay, had been at training during the day, practicing their waltz – which they debuted on Saturday night’s show
Hitting it off: Nikita, 23, was seen arriving at Tilly’s apartment, with the TikTok star letting him inside
‘They want to stay in the competition as long as possible so it’s important that they get on and have a close relationship.’
The pair left Tilly’s mother Tana in tears on Saturday. She was spotted wiping her eyes after watching her daughter dance, while her husband Gordon wished Tilly ‘good luck’ on Instagram.
Tess Daly told Tilly after the dance: ‘That was mesmerising! You’re the sweetest. I know you were nervous but you definitely didn’t look it. And I think you’ve got a very proud mum in the audience – she’s crying!’
Stunning performance: Tilly left her mother Tana in tears after she performed the waltz with Nikita on Strictly’s first live show on Saturday
Gordon, who was absent from the live show, captioned a photo of her daughter and partner Nikita Kuzmin: ‘Wishing these two the very best of luck ahead of tonight’s LIVE dance @tillyramsay @nikita__kuzmin @bbcstrictly. So proud of you Tills, love you from your dance coach extraordinaire Dad ❤️❤️❤️.’
Dancer Nikita made his debut on the show performing the dance to Consequences by Camila Cabello with the budding chef.
New judge and longest running professional dancer Anton Du Beke was impressed by her performance and dubbed it ‘gentle, romantic, and sophisticated.’
Emotional: Tana, 47, was spotted in the audience wiping her eyes after watching her daughter perform the dance
Pride: Tess told Tilly after the dance: ‘That was mesmerising! You’re the sweetest. I know you were nervous but you definitely didn’t look it. And I think you’ve got a very proud mum’
Craig Revel Horwood, however, thought different and said of the dance: ‘It lacked for me expression in the arms, but you told a v sweet story and it was believable and I appreciated that.’
Motsi Mabuse simply said: ‘You’re off to a super start’ while Shirley Ballas noted: ‘I enjoyed the v small details, it was poised it was extremely mature, as with the footwork I don’t know I’m looking at the same thing as I’m looking at and I thought you did a majority of the heel correctly. A job well done.’
She earned herself a score of 21 out of 40 after her first dance.
Sending best wishes: Her chef dad Gordon wished her ‘good luck’ on Instagram on Saturday
Good debut: Nikita Kuzmin, making his debut on the show, and Tilly performed the dance to Consequences by Camila Cabello
The series kicked off amid a Covid-19 crisis after two pro dancers were reported to have refused the vaccine, sparking chaos behind the scenes as some celebrities were reluctant to be paired with them.
Dusting off their paddles were returning judges Shirley, 61, Craig, 56, and Motsi , 40, and Anton Du Beke, 55.
Ahead of the launch of the new series, it was revealed that three professional dancers on Strictly Come Dancing have refused to get Covid jabs, leaving some contestants reluctant to pair with them.
Amazing: She earned herself a score of 21 out of 40 after her first dance
Dazzled: New judge Anton Du Beke was impressed by her performance and dubbed it ‘gentle, romantic, and sophisticated’
STRICTLY COME DANCING 2021: WHO ARE THE COUPLES?
TOM FLETCHER & AMY DOWDEN
Celebrity’s Age: 36
Profession: McFly musician
Tom says: ‘I’m so pleased the news is out it’s been so hard keeping it secret. Equal parts excited and terrified.’
Fun fact: Tom’s McFly bandmate Harry Judd won Strictly Come Dancing in 2011. Tom’s wife Giovanna Fletcher is the reigning champion of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!
ROBERT WEBB & DIANNE BUSWELL
Celebrity’s Age: 48
Profession: Actor and comedian
Robert says: ‘It’s very exciting but with a slight undertone of quivering terror.’
Fun Fact: Robert squeezed into a shiny leotard to take the title of Let’s Dance For Comic Relief in 2009, performing What A Feeling from ’80s film Flashdance, beating the likes of Keith Lemon and Paddy McGuinness to the title.
RHYS STEPHENSON & NANCY XU
Celebrity’s Age: 27
Profession: CBBC presenter
Rhys says: ‘I have dreamt about being on this show, and I know for a fact that it is going to exceed every expectation’
Fun fact: Rhys has been an actor since the age of ten, performing alongside Matt Smith and Hugh Bonneville.
KATIE MCGLYNN & GORKA MARQUEZ
Celebrity’s Age: 28
Katie says: ‘I’m really not a dancer, but I’m so excited to learn a new skill on this crazy journey and cannot wait to slip into some sequins along the way.’
Fun fact: Katie, who played Sinead Tinker in Corrie, won a NTA for Best Serial Drama Performance in 2020.
TILLY RAMSAY & NIKITA KUZMIN
Celebrity’s Age: 19
Profession: CBBC presenter
Tilly says: ’I’m going to put my heart and soul into this and can’t wait to get my dancing shoes on!’
Fun fact: Tilly’s father is celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay and the pair often star in dancing TikTok videos.
NINA WADIA & NEIL JONES
Celebrity’s Age: 52
Nina says: ‘I think I should do this before I’m too old and can’t walk anymore. I just want to grab life by the horns and just enjoy it.’
Fun fact: Nina is a JDRF Ambassador and was awarded an OBE in the 2021 New Year’s Honours List.
ADAM PEATY & KATYA JONES
Celebrity’s Age: 26
Adam says: ‘I’m really looking forward to doing something totally different and challenging myself away from the pool.’
Fun fact: Adam becoming the first British swimmer to defend an Olympic title at Tokyo 2020.
UGO MONYE & OTI MABUSE
Celebrity’s Age: 38
Profession: Rugby player and sports pundit
Ugo says: ‘What a dream come true! Strictly is the biggest entertainment show on TV and I can’t wait to show everyone I’ve got more than just dad dancing moves.
Fun fact: Beginning his rugby career at Harlequins in 2002, Ugo went on to make 241 appearances for the club where he scored 89 tries, won a Premiership and made his England debut in 2008.
AJ ODUDU & KAI WIDDRINGTON
Celebrity’s Age: 33
Profession: TV presenter
AJ says: ‘I think it’s going to be really challenging. I can’t wait for the sequins, the wigs, the glitz and the glamour.’
Fun Fact: Apocalypse Wow hosts AJ has featured on a whopping 14 TV shows this year, competing in the likes oF Cooking With The Stars and Celebrity Karaoke Club. She has appeared as a panelist on Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two in the past, too.
JOHN WHAITE & JOHANNES RADEBE
Celebrity’s Age: 33
Profession: Great British Bake Off Winner and TV chef
John says: ‘I’m so grateful, excited, and nervous to be joining the Strictly 2021 family… I’ve been wearing sequins and jazzy attire since I was three years old and can’t wait to hurl myself, full throttle, around the most glamorous dance floor on earth’
Fun Fact: The duo are the first ever all-male partnering – the first in 17 years of the show.
SARA DAVIES & ALJAZ SKORJANEC
Celebrity’s Age: 37
Sara says: ‘I’m really nervous because so far the producers keep asking me if I can dance… Truth be told – I haven’t got a clue! I’ve not danced since I did ballet lessons when I was little.’
Fun fact: Sara was the youngest ever dragon on BBC show Dragons’ Den.
DAN WALKER & NADIYA BYCHKOVA
Celebrity’s Age: 44
Dan says: ‘I’m enjoying the experience when it starts of learning to dance. I’ll be honest I’m not making room on any shelves in my house for the glitterball.’
Fun fact: Dan recently quit Football Focus after 12 years at the helm and has been covering Tokyo Olympics.
GREG WISE & KAREN HAUER
Celebrity’s Age: 55
Greg says: ‘It’s about being out there and exposing yourself as someone who can’t dance, and learning.’
Fun fact: Greg is married to the actress Emma Thompson who he met while filming Sense and Sensibility.
ROSE AYLING-ELLIS & GIOVANNI PERNICE
Celebrity’s Age: 30
Rose says: ‘I hope I will do the deaf community proud and break down more barriers. I am also very excited to learn an incredible new skill.’
Fun fact: Rose will make history as Strictly’s first deaf contestant.
JUDI LOVE & GRAZIANO DI PRIMA
Celebrity’s Age: 41
Judi says: ‘I’m truly looking forward to pushing myself in something that I could have only dreamed of doing and now it’s actually coming true!’
Fun fact: Judi began comedy when she performed a set in front of her class for a degree module.