Pasha Kovalev fondly recalls Caroline Flack taking his Gitterball Trophy
- Bang Showbiz
- 23 April 2021
'Strictly' star Pasha Kovalev fondly remembers Caroline Flack accidentally taking his Glitterball Trophy after they won in 2014
Pasha Kovalev remembers Caroline Flack accidentally stealing his Glitterball Trophy after their 'Strictly Come Dancing' triumph.
The 41-year-old dancer won the BBC's Latin and ballroom competition alongside the late TV presenter – who took her own life in February 2020, aged 40 – in 2014, and he fondly recalled a funny moment after their big moment.
Appearing on ITV's 'This Morning', he smiled: "I remember she stole my Glitterball!
"After, at the after party after the final, I looked at my bag and it was gone! Actually, she took it... I had to go and chase her and grab it off her."
Dermot O'Leary laughed after hearing Pasha's story, and admitted he wasn't shocked.
He said: "That doesn't surprise me about her at all! I'd known her for many years – we started out together, we had the same agent for a very long time.
"I never, ever saw her happier than when she was doing that show, it was just her happy place."
Pasha replied: "She got a lot of confidence at that time, and that boost obviously carried her through."
And Dermot's 'This Morning' co-star Alison Hammond – who also competed in 2014 alongside her pro partner Aljaz Skorjanec – remembered the close bond between the contestants during 'Strictly' that year.
She added: "Caroline was like, 'I want you to get through Alison, I want you to get through!' I'll never forget it... We just wanted each other to go through."
Meanwhile, former 'Strictly' pro Kristina Rihanoff – who became friends with Caroline – recently admitted she feels "such guilt" that she didn't reach out to her before her death.
She said: "I should have reached out ... I feel such guilt.
"Maybe it wouldn’t make a difference, but looking back I think maybe I should have reached out and I felt really sad about it. It didn’t leave my head for a long time."