Strictly Come Dancing thanked former Master Caroline Flack in a special Christmas episode that looks back on the 25 best appearances in the show’s history

Former Love Island presenter, who committed suicide in February at the age of 40, made two top ten appearances in 2014 with routines from her appearance

Her Charleston to Istanbul (not Constantinople) with partner Pasha Kovalev was voted fifth best of all time by Strictly viewers, while her show dance to Angels by Robbie Williams took eighth place

Host Tess Daly said Flack was “one of the highest rated female celebrities to ever grace the Strictly Dancefloor,” while co-host Claudia Winkleman described her as “the brilliant Caroline Flack.”

As Kovalev contemplated their win, he said, “Winning strictly was an amazing feeling, it’s really hard to describe

“For Caroline it was proof that all of her hard work was worth it and that she took home the glitter ball trophy”

The duo’s show dance, which took eighth place on Strictly: The Christmas Countdown, was praised by former judge Alesha Dixon, who said, “What was so beautiful about Caroline and Pasha’s show dance was that they were their authentic selves was in the dance, you could see her heart, you could see her passion

Kovalev added, “Through the dance, Caroline managed to show her true feelings and I think that’s key to why the audience was able to connect and feel exactly what was happening on the dance floor

“The last shot of our dance was wonderful because she believed at the time that she was a dancer”

Revel Horwood continued, “This dance made the countdown because it’s beautiful and shows Caroline at her best

The list was headed by The Wanted singer Jay McGuiness and partner Aliona Vilani for their 2015 jive for You Never Can Tell / Misirlou by Pulp Fiction

The star who won his series said, “I can’t believe we’re number one, I’m so happy Oh my god, it’s just amazing

“Like many dances, it’s one of those dances where everything could go wrong, but everything just came together perfectly on the night

“At the end of the dance there was a great flurry of relief, but I was overwhelmed too

“Having this dance number one is the best Christmas present Thank you ”

Professional dancer Oti Mabuse, who won the show’s 2020 series with comedian Bill Bailey, had two sambas in the top 5, with her routine with 2019 winner Kelvin Fletcher at La Vida Es Un Carnaval being the third Took place and her performance to Magalenha with Danny Mac in 2016 in second place

Former Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls was celebrated for his famous Gangnam-style salsa with Katya Jones and finished fourth in the countdown

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World news – GB – Strictly Come Dancing pays tribute to Caroline Flack in the festive countdown – Evening Express