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Caroline Flack: Now she's a Strictly Come Dancing star

By Catherine Wylie

TV presenter Caroline Flack is said to be planning a career in acting and dancing after storming to victory in the Strictly Come Dancing grand finale.

The former Xtra Factor regular, who made history in becoming the first person to secure three sets of perfect scores in the final of the BBC dance show, has apparently attracted a lot of interest from West End producers after lifting the glitterball trophy on Saturday night.

Flack (35) jumped for joy as she and her partner Pasha Kovale beat The Saturdays star Frankie Bridge and her partner Kevin Clifton, Blue singer Simon Webbe and his partner Kristina Rihanoff, and former Towie star Mark Wright and his partner Karen Hauer.

She took to Twitter to express thanks, tweeting: "I don't know how to say how grateful I am but... Thank you thank you thank you ... Xxxxx."

She tweeted yesterday morning that she could hardly lift her head, let alone the trophy.

Flack is believed to be planning to use the victory to kickstart her dream of an acting career.

Theatre mogul Nica Burns said: "Caroline has absolutely pulled it off and taken everyone by surprise.

"I think there will be a lot of interest from producers in the West End."

On Saturday night Flack - who only emerged as a serious contender in recent weeks - was hailed as "absolutely phenomenal" during a final which drew more than 11 million viewers for what has been praised as the best series of Strictly yet.

Flack, who left the Xtra Factor this year, said winning was the "best feeling in the whole world", adding: "This has been the best experience of my whole life."

She scored 40 in each of her three dances.

She even had the famously hard-to-please judge Craig Revel Horwood telling her: "My heart has melted."

The couple's showdance - which featured a wind machine - was "like watching a contemporary ballet'', according to retired ballerina judge Darcey Bussell.

While head judge Len Goodman said: ''You don't need wind machines, you've got huge fans up here.''

A BBC spokesman said the first edition of the two-part final had a peak of 11.5m viewers and an average of 10.6m.

While that is down on last year, Strictly is still ahead of its ITV rival The X Factor.

It bowed out last week with its lowest-ever ratings for a finale as Ben Haenow had his moment of triumph.

The X Factor's audience has trailed that of Strictly throughout the year.

One reviewer has even wondered if the X Factor supremo Simon Cowell was kicking himself over losing Flack to the dancing show.

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