Former X Factor spin-off host Caroline Flack is starring on this year’s Strictly. Here's everything you need to know about her
The radio and TV presenter will star alongside The Saturdays’ Frankie Sandford, Mark Wright and Pixie Lott in the show.
Could this be the best Strictly series, EVER? It looks like it!
But before we crack out our Strictly fan-girl T-shirts, we decided to do some digging on the contestants – including the lovely Caroline Flack.
Here are 7 things you never knew about her…
1. She has a twin sister called Jody – and they’re best friends
‘I’m very lucky to have a twin,’ Caroline has said. ‘We’re very close – we shared a bed until we were four and we were in the same class at school – but we’re quite different.
‘She’s a mum with three beautiful children, so we have completely different lives, but we each enjoy the other’s lives vicariously.’ Aww!
2. She still chats to Prince Harry
The unlikely duo were rumoured to have dated in 2009.
Caroline has always remained coy about Prince Harry, denying there was any romance saying only ‘he is a friend of mine…he is a great guy.’
But they still chat! ‘They have been in contact by phone,’ a source said. ‘Harry likes to keep in touch with his old girlfriends and he knows Caroline is fun and discreet.’
Oooo, we wonder how Caz‘s current boyfriend Jack Street feels about that?
3. Her first TV appearance was on Bo’ Selecta
She may have hit the big time as the face of X Factor spin-off show The Xtra Factor, but Caroline‘s first TV appearance was on Bo’ Selecta, as the bikini-clad girlfriend of Leigh Francis’ ‘Michael Jackson’ character. Erm, we’re guessing she wants to forget about that one.
4. Caroline represented Great Britain in the 2009 Wheelchair Dancing European Championships
Yep, you heard that correctly! Caz came 16th place with partner James O’Shea, after winning the BBC3 series Dancing on Wheels.
5. She worked in a pork factory
When she was 15 and living in Norfolk, Caroline worked in a pork factory packing boxes.
She couldn’t hack it for long, however, quitting after one month. ‘It took me a few minutes to decide that this wasn’t how I wanted to be earning a living,’ she said.
And we’re glad you did, Caroline!
6. She was a magician’s assistant
After weeks of pork packing, Caroline moved on to her next job as a magician’s assistant.
‘Part of the job involved lying down in a long box while the magician poked swords into it,’ she said.
Sounds dangerous, Caz! ‘I hate to destroy anyone’s illusions but there wasn’t much magic involved in it. I just had to squirm around inside the box to avoid the swords.’ Oh.
7. She had hypnotherapy to cure her fear of spiders
‘The therapist put me under so I felt like I was somewhere between asleep and awake,’ Caroline explained. ‘She took me back to a time in my life when I first felt afraid of those things.
‘Then I approached myself at that age and talked myself through my phobias. I’ve never been afraid since.’
And it’s a good job, seeing as she went on to present I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here! NOW!
7 1/2. She dated Harry Styles
But you knew that, right?
Good luck with the series, Flackers!