Caroline Flack

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Caroline Flack
Caroline Flack.jpg
Flack in 2012
Born Caroline Louise Flack
(1979-11-09) 9 November 1979 (age 36)
Enfield, London, England[1]
Residence London, England
Nationality British
Occupation TV and radio presenter
Years active 2000–present
Known for I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here NOW! (2008–10)
The Xtra Factor (2011–13)
Strictly Come Dancing (2014)
Love Island (2015–)
The X Factor (2015)
Height 1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)

Caroline Louise Flack (born 9 November 1979) is an English television and radio presenter, whose career began when she starred in Bo' Selecta! in 2002, but who has since gone on to present various ITV2 spin-off shows such as I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! NOW! from 2009 until 2010 and The Xtra Factor from 2011 until 2013, the latter with Olly Murs.

Flack won the twelfth series of Strictly Come Dancing in 2014 and the following year began presenting main series such as Love Island and The X Factor, replacing long-standing presenter, Dermot O'Leary and presenting alongside Murs again.[2]

In 2015 she came 5th in FHM's Sexiest Women, ahead of model Kelly Brook, reality star Kim Kardashian and singer Britney Spears.[3]

Early life[edit]

Flack was born in Enfield, London and attended Great Hockham Primary School and Wayland Community High School in Watton, Norfolk.[4] She broke her jaw in a playground accident when she was 12, spending eight weeks with it wired shut.

Career[edit]

In 2002, Flack got her break on television playing Bubbles on the sketch show Bo' Selecta![5] She then went on to present the International Pepsi Chart Show, before moving to Channel 4 where, in 2005, she presented links between videos on E4 Music and co-presented The Games: Live at Trackside on E4 with Justin Lee Collins. In 2005, she also had a regular segment in the video games show When Games Attack.[6] A year later, she co-presented the Saturday morning show TMi with Sam and Mark which aired on BBC Two and the CBBC Channel. Subsequently, she hosted CBBC show Escape from Scorpion Island together with Reggie Yates.[7]

In March 2007, Flack hosted the CBBC coverage of Comic Relief does Fame Academy,[8] commenting on the semi-finals of the Eurovision Song Contest 2008 with Paddy O'Connell.[9] She also hosted Big Brother's Big Mouth during Week 5 of the 2008 series. Daily Mirror journalist Rob Leigh noted that "her sharp delivery makes her the best presenter they’ve had on this series".[10] However, this was not the first time that Flack was linked to Big Brother. Before the series started, it had been reported that she was Dermot O'Leary's replacement on Big Brother's Little Brother.[11]

In 2009, Flack replaced Kirsty Gallacher as co-host of Gladiators with Ian Wright for the second series on Sky1.[12] In July 2009, she filled in on the BBC's Sunday show Something for the Weekend, while Amanda Hamilton went on maternity leave. In the same year, she began hosting the ITV2 reality show I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here NOW![13] Filming clashes with I'm a Celebrity meant that she could not film the next series of TMi, leading to her bowing out after three series. In November 2010, she returned to host I'm a Celebrity, Get Me out of Here Now! on ITV2. Also in 2009, Flack won BBC Three's Dancing on Wheels with disabled partner James O'Shea[14] and together the pair represented Great Britain in the 2009 Wheelchair Dancing European Championships in Tel Aviv, finishing 16th in their category.[15]

Flack co-presented game show The Whole 19 Yards with Vernon Kay on ITV in 2010. She also modelled for the lads' mag Maxim.[16] On 16 February 2010, she presented backstage at the 2010 BRIT Awards on ITV2.

In 2011, Flack was a team captain on the ITV2 game show Minute to Win It.[17]

In May 2011, it was announced that Flack and Olly Murs would co-present the eighth series of The Xtra Factor, replacing Konnie Huq.[18] Flack and Murs both returned for the ninth series. Flack returned for the tenth series in 2013, while Murs was replaced by Matt Richardson.[19] In October 2013, it was announced that Flack would present The X Factor backstage during the live shows on Saturdays.[20] On 12 June 2014, it was confirmed that Flack would not return for series 11[21] and was replaced by Sarah-Jane Crawford.

In 2014, Flack hosted the ITV2 show Viral Tap.[22] In December 2014, she reunited with Murs to host a Christmas Day and New Year's Eve programme on British radio station Magic.

On 16 April 2015, it was announced that Flack, along with Murs would replace Dermot O'Leary as the hosts of The X Factor from August 2015.[23] On 22 February 2016, Flack and Murs confirmed that they would not be returning to The X Factor.[24]

On 24 August 2015, Flack announced on her Twitter account that she would release an autobiography titled "Storm In A C Cup" on 22 October 2015.

On 18 December 2015, Flack was part of the presenting team for ITV's Christmas telethon Text Santa.

On 8 May 2016, Flack began co-presenting Sunday Morning Breakfast from 9am to 12pm over the summer with Gethin Jones across the Heart Network.[25]

Strictly Come Dancing[edit]

In August 2014, Flack was announced as a contestant on the twelfth series of Strictly Come Dancing. Her professional partner was Pasha Kovalev. The couple earned the first perfect 40 of the series for their salsa in the semi-finals, followed by an additional 3 in the finals giving them a perfect total of 120 points, a feat unmatched in the history of the competition. On 20 December 2014, Flack and Kovalev were crowned the champions of the series.[26]

Strictly Come Dancing performances
Week # Dance/Song Judges' scores Result
Revel Horwood Bussell Goodman Tonioli
1 Cha-Cha-Cha / "Can You Feel It" 6 7 7 7 No Elimination
2 Tango / "Blame" 7 7 7 8 Safe
3 Rumba / "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" 8 8 8 9 Safe
4 Quickstep / "We Go Together" 8 8 9 8 Safe
5 Pasodoble / "Live and Let Die" 8 9 8 9 Safe
6 Samba / "Le Freak" 7 8 8 9 Safe
7 Waltz / "Three Times a Lady" 7 8 8 8 Bottom Two
8 Jive / "Crocodile Rock" 9 9 9 10 Safe
9 American Smooth / "Mack the Knife" 7 8 9 9 Safe
10 Charleston / "Istanbul" 9 10 10 10 Safe
11 Argentine Tango / "La Cumparsita" 9 10 10 10 Safe
Waltz-a-Thon / "The Last Waltz" Awarded 3 Judges Points
12 Foxtrot / "Diamonds" 8 9 9 9 Safe
Salsa / "María" 10 10 10 10
13 Cha-Cha-Cha / "Can You Feel It" 10 10 10 10 WINNERS
Showdance / "Angels" 10 10 10 10
Charleston / "Istanbul" 10 10 10 10

Filmography[edit]

Television
Year Title Channel Role Notes
2001 Is Harry on the Boat? Blonde
2002, 2004 Bo Selecta! Channel 4 Bubbles
2004 Weapons of Mass Distraction[27] Corporal Flack
2005 The Games: Live at Trackside Channel 4 Co-presenter 2 series
When Games Attack Bravo Co-presenter and reporter
2006–2008 TMi BBC Two Co-presenter 3 series
2007 Comic Relief Does Fame Academy CBBC Co-presenter
Escape from Scorpion Island BBC One Host 1 series
2008 Eurovision Song Contest 2008 BBC Three Semi-Finals Commentator
Big Brother's Big Mouth Week 5 Presenter 5 episodes
2009–2010 I'm a Celebrity... Get Me out of Here! NOW! ITV2 Co-presenter 2 series
2009 Gladiators Sky1 Co-presenter 1 series
Something for the Weekend BBC Two Maternity-cover presenter
Dancing on Wheels BBC Three Participant Winner
2010 The Whole 19 Yards ITV Co-presenter 1 series
BRIT Awards: Backstage ITV2 Co-presenter
2011 Minute to Win It Team captain 1 series
2011–2013 The Xtra Factor Co-presenter 3 series
2013 The X Factor ITV Backstage presenter Live Shows
2014 Viral Tap ITV2 Presenter 1 series
Strictly Come Dancing BBC One Contestant Series 12 winner
2015— Love Island ITV2 Presenter 2 series
2015 The X Factor ITV Co-presenter Series 12
2015 Text Santa Co-presenter Christmas appeal show
Guest appearances
Radio
Year Station Show Role
2016 Heart Network Sunday Mornings Co-presenter

Personal life[edit]

As of 2016 she is single and has no children. Caroline Flack briefly dated One Direction singer Harry Styles, a relationship that garnered a degree of controversy and criticism due to Flack being 14 years older than Styles. The relationship ended in January 2012. In summer 2013, she began a relationship with Jack Street, who manages bands and singers including Disclosure and Sam Smith.[28] However, the couple split up in late 2014.

In 2015 she came 5th in FHM's Sexiest Women.[29]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Caroline Flack". FHM. Retrieved 17 November 2011. 
  2. ^ http://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/caroline-flack-admits-quite-strange-5756237
  3. ^ http://www.fhm.com/p/100-sexiest-2015
  4. ^ Caroline Flack at edp24. Retrieved 6 December 2014
  5. ^ "Caroline Flack – She's not your typical childrens' television presenter". Daily Mail. London. 20 November 2007. 
  6. ^ Coan, Lee (30 November 2007). "Caroline Flack – She's not your typical children's television presenter". Mail on Sunday. Retrieved 7 June 2008. 
  7. ^ "Escape from Scorpion Island". BBC. Retrieved 7 June 2008. 
  8. ^ "Caroline Flack – Fame Academy". BBC. Retrieved 7 June 2008. 
  9. ^ "Eurovision 2008". BBC. Archived from the original on 13 May 2008. Retrieved 4 June 2012. 
  10. ^ "Big Brother blogger on Big Brother's Big Mouth". The Mirror. Archived from the original on 17 July 2008. Retrieved 13 July 2008. 
  11. ^ [1] Archived 12 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  12. ^ "Latest News - New Presenter: Caroline Flack - Gladiators". Gladiatorszone.co.uk. 3 November 2008. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  13. ^ "Flack Flies to the Jungle". The Sun. London. 19 August 2009. 
  14. ^ Fletcher, Alex (12 March 2010). "Flack, O'Shea win 'Dancing on Wheels'". 
  15. ^ "Wheelchair Dancing European Championships results table" (PDF). 
  16. ^ "Caroline Flack: I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of These Clothes!". Maxim. Retrieved 17 April 2010. 
  17. ^ http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/showbiz/tv/3685900/Jungle-pals-Caroline-Flack-and-Joe-Swash-reunite-for-ITV2-quiz.html It’s Xtra Flack for pal Joe
  18. ^ "Twitter / TheXFactor: @carolineflack1 and Olly Murs". Twitter.com. 31 May 2011. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  19. ^ Bull, Sarah (29 May 2013). "Xtra Factor 2013: Caroline Flack returns to hosting role... but Olly Murs is replaced by comedian Matt Richardson". Mail Online. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  20. ^ "'She's certainly being lined up as the next big, female presenter': Caroline Flack to co-host X Factor's live shows with Dermot O'Leary from next week". Daily Mail. London. 6 October 2013. 
  21. ^ "'X Factor': Caroline Flack Replaced On Spin-Off Show 'The Xtra Factor' By Radio 1Xtra DJ, Sarah Jane Crawford". Huffington Post. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  22. ^ http://www.itv.com/presscentre/press-releases/viral-tap-could-you-be-next-viral-superstar Viral Tap. Could you be the next viral superstar?
  23. ^ Harp, Justin (16 April 2015). "The X Factor: Olly Murs and Caroline Flack to host - it's official". Digitalspy.co.uk. Retrieved 30 January 2016. 
  24. ^ http://www.digitalspy.com/tv/the-x-factor/news/a784324/the-x-factor-now-caroline-flack-officially-quits-just-hours-after-co-host-olly-murs-but-says-shes-had-a-brilliant-time The X Factor: Now Caroline Flack officially quits just hours after her co-host Olly Murs
  25. ^ http://www.digitalspy.com/showbiz/news/a792989/caroline-flack-gethin-jones-hosting-new-radio-show-on-heart/
  26. ^ "BBC Blogs - Strictly Come Dancing - Caroline Flack wins Strictly". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 30 January 2016. 
  27. ^ "Weapons of Mass Distraction - TV Show, Episode Guide & Schedule". Locatetv.com. Retrieved 30 January 2016. 
  28. ^ Gritt, Emma (21 August 2012). "Caroline Flack talks about her relationship with One Direction singer Harry Styles". Mail Online. London. Retrieved 29 September 2013. 
  29. ^ http://www.fhm.com/p/100-sexiest-2015

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