Strictly Come Dancing duo Flavia Cacace and Vincent Simone have been recognised for their toned bottoms – winning this year’s Rear of the Year awards.

The pair – the first professional duo to win the annual accolade – were ‘delighted’ to have their pert bums celebrated and were looking forward to the reactions of their Strictly colleagues.

“They’ll be devastated. They’re going to be so jealous. I can’t wait for them to find out,” Vincent said.

Flavia, 34, joked that she and Simone would have to pass on tips to the other Strictly professionals to get them in the running for the award next year, adding: “I think they’ll be laughing.”

The petite dancer – famous for her Argentine Tango with Vincent – said dancing is what makes their bottoms award-worthy.

“I think we will always dance, whether we can actually still perform full on, we will always do some form of dance, even if it’s social or teaching, so hopefully that will keep them nice and compact,” she added.

Vincent, 35, joked that he had been waiting for this award ‘all my life’, saying: “I think it was about time.”

The dancing star, who appears in stage show Midnight Tango with ex-girlfriend Flavia, said: “I haven’t seen any other men with amazing rears like me, so I don’t have much competition.”

Flavia, who won the last series of Strictly with Olympic gymnast Louis Smith, said: “Normally we have to really work hard to win something, so to actually be awarded without even knowing is really satisfying.”

Vincent joked that it is not just their dancing feet that attracts audiences on Strictly, saying: “Most of the people who come and see the show – they come for me really. It’s my rear”.