It’s been a series filled with controversy and drama.
So it’s unsurprising that ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ winner Caroline Flack has had her victory tainted by reports that she is a professionally trained dancer.
The TV presenter won Saturday’s ‘Strictly’ 2014 final in spectacular style, after becoming the first ever celeb to be awarded a perfect score of 40 for ALL three of her dances in the grand finale.
But despite being the bookies’ favourite going into Saturday’s final, Caz Flack’s win was by no means a foregone conclusion given the press she received in the days leading up to the big event.
The Daily Mail revealed on Friday that Caroline is a professionally trained dancer, having studied at the Bodywork Company Dance Studios in Cambridge for three years, leaving at 20-years-old with a qualification in musical theatre.
It was also claimed that the former ‘Xtra Factor’ host had taken ballet lessons, taken part in shows and been part of a dance troupe following her interest in dance since her school days. The BBC didn’t comment on the claims but did apparently admit that Caroline had trained in dance.
What was known was that Caz Flack took part in BBC3’s ‘Dancing On Wheels’ show (and was coached by none other than ‘Strictly’ pro Kristina Rihanoff) but she played down that previous experience.
The Cambridge News also reported on Saturday that Caroline’s former dance teacher Theresa Kerr, owner of BodyWork Company Dance Studios where Caroline studied from 1996-1999, speaks to Caz after every ‘SCD’ performance.
Speaking about Caroline’s chances of winning, Theresa revealed: “It’s going to be difficult for her because she is very capable, but often they want someone who hasn’t any background in dancing”.
And therein lies the issue. Some viewers consider previous dance experience an unfair advantage, and there have been comments about contestants with a dance background, whether that’s from being in a girl or boy band, or having attended stage school (Pixie Lott, we’re looking at you).
It turns out the voting public didn’t care one jot about Caroline’s former dance experience (or didn’t know about it), as Flacky and her pro partner Pasha Kovalev raised the glitterball trophy after impressing with their cha cha, Charleston and show dance.
The four finalists performed a judges’ choice dance and then their show dance before the voting lines were frozen and the celeb with the fewest votes left the competition. Mark Wright had been bottom with the judges after his two dances and the public agreed, with the former ‘The Only Way Is Essex’ star missing out on performing a third turn around the dance floor.
Caroline was in pole position on the judges’ leaderboard with the maximum possible score of 120 after performing her three dances, with Simon Webbe in second place and Frankie Bridge in third according to Craig Revel Horwood, Len Goodman, Darcey Bussell and Bruno Tonioli. But their marks were just for guidance, as it was all down to the public vote, and it turns out the public agreed with the judges again.
It’s fitting really that the show went out on yet another controversial note given the swathes of backstage dramas and shock results that accompanied the 2014 series.
Thanks ‘Strictly’, it’s been fascinating.