Flack has lost Strictly glitterball
Published 09/06/2015 | 00:11
TV presenter Caroline Flack has told of her upset at being axed from The Xtra Factor - and admitted that she has lost her Strictly Come Dancing glitterball trophy.
The new X Factor and Love Island host, 35, lifted the glitterball with dancer partner Pasha Kovalev last year.
But she told Radio Times magazine: "I actually gave it to my niece to take into school for a show and tell, and she never gave it back. It's probably still in her bedroom."
Flack said that it was not the first time that she parted ways with the glitterball - almost losing it for good after the Strictly final.
"I went with my friends to a random house party in west London after the Strictly final - we stayed until 7am and got so drunk I left my glitterball there.
"The next day, I had to go and knock on this man's door and say, 'Hi - I think I left my glitterball in your house...'"
Flack and Matt Richardson were axed from the Xtra Factor last year in favour of Radio 1Xtra DJ Sarah Jane Crawford after the duo presented the spin-off show for three years.
Now Flack has landed a job presenting the main ITV show, replacing Dermot O'Leary, alongside Olly Murs.
She said of the moment she realised she had to step down from The Xtra Factor: "The producers took me for lunch one day, and told me they were screen-testing other people for my job, that they were changing the whole thing.
"They were really nice about it, but I knew I had to leave.
"Yes, I felt really upset, but every career has ups and downs. You have to have a thick skin. And sometimes if you want to have a little cry, you do it on your own, and you get rid of it.
"Then Strictly came along and it was like, 'One door shuts, another one opens.'"
Flack said that it was ironic that she was hosting a dating show, ITV2 series Love Island, when her own love life had floundered.
She laughed at her own prospect of finding love on the show, saying: "I don't think I could let TV come into my actual life. I think I'll find love somewhere else - not on telly."
Flack, who broke up with her boyfriend just before the Strictly final, added: "I don't think anyone really thought anything was going on between me and Pasha.
"You're not at your most attractive during that show... during rehearsals you're sweaty, smelly, you've got bunions, you're tired and grumpy ... it's not as sexy as people think it is!"