Strictly’s Tilly Ramsay has the first ‘nan’ of the series

It’s something true Strictly Come Dancing fans are always on the look out for – not just the first Argentine tango, or the first 10, but the first ‘nan’.

It’s a key part of the programme that at one point, the contestants’ grans are brought in to send a message to their grandchildren.

And this week, it was Tilly Ramsay who had the first ‘gran-o-gram’ as there was a moving message from her nan.

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After Tilly and Nikita Kuzmin had danced a paso doble and the couple were waiting for the judges’ scores, Claudia told viewers that Tilly’s nan had been unable to appear in the studio.

But she then introduced a clip, to Tilly’s delight.

Her grandmother said: “Hi Tilly, just want to wish you and your partner lots of luck for Saturday night. All the family and friends are right behind you.

“It is beautiful to watch you dancing, you take care, lots of love, Nanny.”

There was swift reaction on twitter.

One person tweeted: “Tilly leaving Dad at home in favour of a Nan VT. Playing the game, good girl.”

Another said: “Strictly playing the Nan card early.”

And this person said: “Great time to pull the Nan card #TillyAndNikita #Strictly.”

The couple scored a combined total of 32 as they bid to stay in the competition.

At the beginning of the episode, hosts Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman acknowledged the absence of rugby player Ugo Monye and his partner Oti Mabuse, as well as comedian Robert Webb and Dianne Buswell.

Daly said: “Robert and Diane are not here this evening, earlier this week Robert withdrew from the competition for health reasons.”

Winkleman added: “Robert and Diane delivered some fantastic and hugely entertaining performances”, with Daly adding: “We wish you all the best Robert, we have loved having you here and you will be missed.”

She also explained: “We are also missing Ugo and Oti this week. An old back injury has been causing Ugo problems in training, and after seeking medical advice he’s resting and receiving treatment.”

Daly added: “We’re sending you all of our love Ugo and we hope to see you next week.”

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