Norfolk’s dancing queen Caroline Flack is Strictly the best
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As Norfolk's very own dancing queen, Caroline Flack, was crowned the 2014 Strictly Come Dancing champion, there could have been nobody more proud in the studio audience than her mum, Chris, and her two sisters, Jody and Lizzie.
Sitting on the front row, the trio watched with delight as Caroline and her dance partner, Pasha Kovalev, wowed the judges and 11.5 million viewers.
The duo's three simply stunning performances achieved top marks from the judges every time – the first time any Strictly finalist has done this – and Chris described the moment when Caroline and Pasha were revealed as the ultimate winners as 'absolutely fabulous'.
In an emotional speech on stage Caroline declared: 'this is the best feeling in the whole world'; and Pasha said: 'I could not have imagined a better partner,' before they were raised up by the other dancers with Caroline proudly holding the glitterball trophy.
Meanwhile, in the audience, Chris – who works for EDP publisher Archant – and her other two daughters could be seen hugging in celebration.
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'It was just the best feeling because you just do not know. I thought she danced the best but you just don't know,' said Chris, whose favourite dance of the night was Caroline and Pasha's dramatic and daring showdance.
'They had brilliant comments from the judges, but in the end it was just down to the public votes – and that was the nicest thing. It means a lot that people went out and voted.'
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She said Norfolk's support in particular meant a great deal to her daughter, who grew up near Thetford and went to Great Hockham Primary School and Wayland High School.
'Norfolk was so behind her. I think that was one of the main things that kept her going,' said Chris, who lives in East Harling.
And after the Strictly TV credits rolled on Saturday night the festivities continued with a party into the early hours. 'There was a wrap party afterwards that [Strictly presenters] Claudia and Tess hosted. All the finalists and their families were there. It was really fun,' said Chris.
She said she thought the glitterball trophy would now take pride of place in her daughter's home.
'They [Caroline and Pasha] were given a glitterball each to keep. I expect she will put it on her table in her lounge – that is if she ever lets go of it! She was holding it all night on Saturday night.'
And with Caroline well and truly proving she is a star performer, Chris said theatre was something her daughter would love to pursue in the future. 'She would like to do something with dancing now that she has gone back to it. She loves musical theatre.'
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