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Keith Lemon’s emotional Caroline Flack tribute after moving BAFTA TV Awards speech


Keith Lemon managed to keep it together as he paid a touching tribute to his friend Caroline Flack during the BAFTA TV Awards.

Tragic Caroline, 40, took her own life back February at her London home.

It left the showbiz world in shock – and the presenter, real name Leigh Francis, was left distraught by his pal’s death.

Keith and Caroline first worked together on his show Bo’ Selecta in the early noughties, as her rise to fame began.

The pair remained close as telly bosses started to spot her talent.

Keith helped kick-off Caroline’s career in the 90s

The BBC looked back on those who have passed away in the last year during the online awards bash and the Celebrity Juice star spoke via Zoom.

Reminded of his longtime friend and colleague after watching the tribute, Keith shared a moving video from his friendship with Caroline.

In the video, he could be heard calling out to Caroline, saying: “There she is. There she is, sing some words.”

Caroline appeared in the shot, smiling and laughing before saying: “Hello!”

They remained close as she went on to big things

In the caption below, Keith said: “So strange seeing Caroline in the montage of people we have lost on the Baftas.

“This year is like a broken time machine where the future is just all wrong. I miss bumping into Flack at events and do’s, and I miss seeing her on here. Here she is x.”

After her death, Keith designed a T-shirt with Caroline’s image on the front, which was sold to raise funds for Samaritans and to spread a message of kindness.

Nearing the end of the virtual BAFTA ceremony this evening, presenter Richard Ayoade paused to honour those the TV industry has lost.

BAFTA TV awards viewers were moved by the tribute

He said: “Now its time to pause and reflect on some of the people we have sadly lost in the past 15 months. “

A brief clip of Caroline was shown, presenting a series of ITV2’s Love Island as the show’s beloved host.

Taking to Twitter, viewers paid tribute to the legendary TV presenter, highlighting her life and legacy on the screen.

“Devastating seeing Caroline Flack on the bafta clips of Love Island. This year has been so heavy,” wrote one.

Another said penned: “I really find it hard to grasp the fact that Caroline Flack needs to be included in this montage. Incredibly sad.”

“Every time I see Caroline Flack my stomach drops. I still find it hard to believe she’s no longer with us,” a third added.





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Kelvin Fletcher wins Strictly Come Dancing in close-fought final



Kelvin Fletcher with Oti Mabuse after the actor won the Glitterball trophy during the live Strictly Come Dancing Final on Saturday.Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire
Kelvin Fletcher with Oti Mabuse after the actor won the Glitterball trophy during the live Strictly Come Dancing Final on Saturday.Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire
Kelvin Fletcher with Oti Mabuse after the actor won the Glitterball trophy during the live Strictly Come Dancing Final on Saturday.Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire
Kelvin Fletcher with Oti Mabuse after the actor won the Glitterball trophy during the live Strictly Come Dancing Final on Saturday.Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire
Final three couples (left to right) Amy Dowden and Karim Zeroual, Emma Barton and Anton Du Beke, Oti Mabuse and Kelvin Fletcher wait to hear who won the Glitterball Trophy during the live Strictly Come Dancing Final on Saturday.Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire

Kelvin Fletcher has won Strictly Come Dancing with his dance partner Oti Mabuse.

The former Emmerdale star and Mabuse beat Karim Zeroual and Amy Dowden, and Emma Barton and Anton Du Beke, in the live final of the series after being voted for by the public.

Fletcher – who was a late addition to the series, replacing Made In Chelsea star Jamie Laing when he was forced to pull out due to injury – broke down in tears as he and Mabuse were awarded the Glitterball Trophy.

He said: “I am absolutely speechless. I did not expect that, it’s just been such a privilege to be here.



Final three couples (left to right) Amy Dowden and Karim Zeroual, Emma Barton and Anton Du Beke, Oti Mabuse and Kelvin Fletcher wait to hear who won the Glitterball Trophy during the live Strictly Come Dancing Final on Saturday.Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire

Final three couples (left to right) Amy Dowden and Karim Zeroual, Emma Barton and Anton Du Beke, Oti Mabuse and Kelvin Fletcher wait to hear who won the Glitterball Trophy during the live Strictly Come Dancing Final on Saturday.Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire

“I think this show represents everything that is amazing with this country, I think the people personify what is great and it’s just been an absolute privilege.”

He added, to Mabuse: “Thank you for the most amazing experience of my life. Thank you to Emma and Karim, Anton and Amy, and all the pros and all the celebs, the judges, everybody at home who has supported me, I feel so proud to be part of this, so thank you.”

Mabuse, through tears, said: “I’ve been on this show for five years and I have never ever met any celeb who gives his heart, his soul…

“If something is not working we stay in training and rehearse, not because he wanted to win but because he genuinely, genuinely loves dancing, and for me that is the best gift and the best ending to my year, so thank you.



Kelvin Fletcher with Oti Mabuse after the actor won the Glitterball trophy during the live Strictly Come Dancing Final on Saturday.Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire

Kelvin Fletcher with Oti Mabuse after the actor won the Glitterball trophy during the live Strictly Come Dancing Final on Saturday.Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire

Fletcher, 35, posted on Twitter after the show that he was “humbled, elated, honoured” to have been crowned the winner.

He added: “Thank you for your votes. Thank you to my family. Thank you to @OtiMabuse. And a massive thank you to #Strictly for the opportunity.

“Team #Floti did it! #StrictlyFinal WINNERS 2019.”

The final leaderboard saw Zeroual at the top with a combined 119 points from the judges, with Fletcher in second place with 118 and Barton in third with 116.

Host Claudia Winkleman had reminded viewers earlier in the episode that the judges’ scores were for guidance only, as only the public vote counted in the final.

The show kicked off with Zeroual and Dowden dancing their judges’ pick routine, a quickstep to Mr Pinstripe Suit, for which they were awarded 40 points.



Kelvin Fletcher with Oti Mabuse after the actor won the Glitterball trophy during the live Strictly Come Dancing Final on Saturday.Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire

Kelvin Fletcher with Oti Mabuse after the actor won the Glitterball trophy during the live Strictly Come Dancing Final on Saturday.Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire

Barton and Du Beke were next with their Charleston to Thoroughly Modern Millie from musicals week, for which the judges gave them 39.

Fletcher and Mabuse were the third to dance on the night, and they were given 39 points from the judges when they repeated their rumba to Ain’t No Sunshine.

The couples then each performed their showdances, routines “without rules”.

Zeroual and Dowden performed a contemporary routine to A Million Dreams from The Greatest Showman, which left the children’s TV presenter in tears on leaving the dancefloor, before they were given 39 points.

Barton and Du Beke opted for classic Hollywood glamour for their showdance to Irving Berlin’s Let Yourself Go, which was largely praised by the judges but which also received the lowest single score of the night, an eight from Craig Revel Horwood, giving them an overall mark of 38.

Fletcher and Mabuse won a full 40 points for their energetic dance to Shout by the Isley Brothers, described by Bruno Tonioli as a “tour de force”.

For their final number, a previous dance picked by them, Zeroual and Dowden performed their jive to You Can’t Stop The Beat from Hairspray and earned a standing ovation and another 40 points.

In their final dance, Barton and Du Beke performed the Viennese waltz to the musical song Send In The Clowns, and they were given 39 points from the judges.

Fletcher and Mabuse closed the show with their choice of dance, their first week samba to La Vida Es Un Carnaval by Celia Cruz.

The panel gave them 39 points for the routine.

US pop star Taylor Swift was the special musical guest for the grand final, and she performed her song Lover.

The previous star contestants from the series, including James Cracknell, Anneka Rice, Catherine Tyldesley, Chris Ramsey and Will Bayley, returned for one final dance along with the professional.

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