With her boyfriend still away on tour, Caroline Flack stepped out in style at last night's National Television Awards. Looking decidedly more 'covered up' than Carol Vorderman - who also caused a stir on the red carpet with a cleavage-plunging gown - Flack opted for a tasteful, colourful mini-dress with long sleeves and a lilac collar. The Xtra Factor presenter arrived at the awards ceremony alone, whilst her boyfriend Harry Styles was away on tour with his band One Direction. The couple have been dating since last year (2011) and have come under a great deal of criticism for the age gap between them (Flack is 32, whilst Styles is 17).
After the awards ceremony, Caroline posted a message on her Twitter account that read "Met so many lovely people on the red carpet tonight!!! Most had been standing there since 6am.....shish kebabs!' She had prepared for the awards ceremony, which saw here presenting backstage, with a trip to Bleach hair salon. News articles originally reported that the TV presenter had gone for a dramatically shorter look, but in actual fact, she had simply hidden the longer lengths of her hair under her winter coat.
The awards themselves were full of surprises, with Downton Abbey fighting off Doctor Who in the Drama category and X Factor winning the best talent show, despite losing out to Strictly Come Dancing in the ratings war. Ant & Dec won the Best Entertainment Presenter for the eleventh year in a row, remarking "It feels like the first time we've won again."