Strictly’s Zara McDermott shares moving update on first day of training with pro

Zara McDermott has made a touching tribute to her Nanny as she prepares for her first week of training on Strictly Come Dancing 2023.

The 26-year old former Love Island star shared a heartwarming photo of herself as a toddler with her 1.7 million followers on Instagram.

Posting on her official Instagram story, Zara added the caption: “Day 1 of Strictly Training! I know my Nanny is up in heaven watching down on me and she is so proud.

“Strictly was her favourite show in the world. I wish she could be here to live this experience with me. I’m going to be picturing her in the audience every week…I know she’ll be there.”

The sweet snap shows Zara sitting on her Nanny’s lap with a beaming smile.

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It’s not long until Zara and the rest of the star-studded lineup take to the dance floor for the next series of Strictly Come Dancing.

She is the first ever Love Island star to compete in the show’s history and the first episode is due to air this weekend (Saturday 16 September).

Zara shot to fame when she entered the Love Island villa as a contestant in the fourth series of the ITV2 reality show.

She has since gone on to star in other programmes such as Made in Chelsea and The X Factor: Celebrity.

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Since leaving Made in Chelsea, Zara has focused on making documentaries for BBC Three.

Her current boyfriend, Sam Thompson, is also a former Made in Chelsea star.

Speaking to The Express, he shared the moment he first fell in love with her and revealed he is looking forward to supporting her in the upcoming competition.

He sweetly recalled: “It was the time when Zara met my mum and she was just so loving to my mum and got along with her so well.

“She’s such a wholesome, warm-hearted person. I was like, ‘Wow. This person gets along with my family so incredibly well and they’re so polite and so sweet.’ That means so much to me, so if anything, it was then, at that restaurant [that I realised she was the one for me].”

The pair met online via Instagram four years ago and have been together since June 2019.

During her time on the celebrity version of The X Factor, Zara admitted to cheating on Sam and the pair briefly split up in September 2020.

However, the couple rekindled their romance a few months later.

Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One on Saturday, September 16 at 6.35pm.

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