Strictly Come Dancing paid tribute to Caroline Flack in a finals special tonight, the last of the Best Of… compilations.
The judges and dancers were visibly moved as they recalled the former Love Island presenter’s performance.
And viewers sobbed at home watching the late star’s joyful and vibrant performances.
Love Island host Caroline appeared on the show in 2014, and partnered with Pasha Kovalev.
The pair beat Frankie Bridge and Simon Webbe in the final to lift the Glitterball trophy.
What did the Strictly judges and dancers say about Caroline Flack?
In the retrospective, Pasha said that dancing with Caroline was “incredible” and winning the competition with her will “always hold a special place in my heart”.
Judge Craig said: “She loved every moment of being on Strictly.”
Fellow judge Bruno Tonioli said: “We will always love Caroline and we will never forget her. We love you, my love.”
“You could feel she was lost in the moment,” added pro dancer Janette Manrara, fighting back the tears. “As a performer, you can’t ask for more.
“It is a memory I hold close to my heart.
“I think overall she would have said her Strictly journey was magical. I’m so happy she was able to pick up that Glitterball and win.”
What did Strictly viewers say about Caroline Flack?
Viewers were touched to see Caroline dance again – to Robbie Williams’ Angels – and hear her spoken of so fondly.
“How apt to see Caroline Flack in tonight’s on #WorldMentalHealthDay,” one noted.
— Heidi (@too_manyshoes) October 10, 2020
Another congratulated: “Thank you Strictly for not skirting round Caroline Flack in the finals special.”
— John Eldon (@john__eldon) October 10, 2020
One fan said simply: “Awww Caroline Flack.”
— Ian (@Mancman10) October 10, 2020
“How gorgeous is it that they’ve done this,” another said.
— (@katessocial) October 10, 2020
Strictly Come Dancing proper begins next Saturday, October 17!
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