Strictly Come Dancing to pay tribute to 2014 winner Caroline Flack

The long-running dance competition will air clips of Caroline Flack's winning year during Strictly: The Best of the Final

Caroline Flack and Pasha Kovalev on Strictly Come Dancing

This autumn, Strictly Come Dancing will pay tribute to the late Love Island presenter Caroline Flack in a one-off special.

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The TV host, who won the dance competition’s 2014 series with Pasha Kovalev, died aged 40 in February earlier this year.

Strictly will air a tribute to the presenter during Strictly: The Best of The Final, a special looking back at the last 17 finales and celebrating the Hall of Glitterball Champions.

The special is reportedly set to feature clips of Flack’s victorious turn on the show alongside tributes from former dance partner Kovalev and close friend Janette Manrara, according to The Sun,

“Caroline was loved by all on Strictly and was a hugely popular winner among the executive and the crew,” a source told the publication.

“She was a bundle of energy and they thought if they were going to look at some of the best finals ever it would be fitting to feature her in a big way. She’s sorely missed by many, but particularly by her Strictly family.”

Flack was best known for presenting ITV dating show Love Island from 2015 until 2019.

The TV presenter, who previously hosted The Xtra Factor and The X Factor, passed away on 15th February after taking her own life.

Strictly: The Best of The Final will be hosted by Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman, with judges Craig Revel Horwood, Shirley Ballas, Motsi Mabuse and Bruno Tonioli also planned to appear.

Strictly’s 2020 series is due to air this autumn, however due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, a number of changes have been made to the 2020 shows – the live studio audience is reportedly being scrapped, while professional dancers and celebrities will have to isolate together in bubbles to avoid infection.

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