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Ant and Dec: It’s crazy we’ve got a No1 at last!


Ant and Dec thought it would be fun to resurrect their 90’s pop alter-egos PJ and Duncan, as a gag towards the reunited bands from Big Reunion, who were guests on Saturday Night Takeaway. But they didn’t expect the impact their two minute routine had.

The following day their hit Let’s Get Ready to Rhumble was expected to hit no.1 in charts, something that they weren’t able to achieve back in the day, with their song only peaking a no9. Even Prince Charles couldn’t resist to make a comment about this, saying at a charity event : They still look about 15- I suspect it’s all that rumbling they do.

It’s amazing how much power the £ 10 million duo, who are now more popular than ever.  On 13th of April, right after their current show Saturday Night Takeaway finishes, the golden boys will be immediately back on screen presenting Britain’s Got Talent.

Apparently the idea to redo Let’s Get Ready To Rhumble, came to  Ant while he was watching Big Reunion with his wife, a former girl-band member too. The idea came from The Big Reunion. We love watching that show. When we knew some of the acts were coming on Saturday Night Takeaway to sing, we decided to perform ourselves as well. Contrary to popular belief, the boys had only one rehearsal: We did one rehearsal, Dec says. But when we saw how good the other acts were, we got competitive and decided to up the rehearsals and ask for more dancers and pyrotechnics!

However, Natasha Hamilton from Atomic Kitten, who performed with them, thinks they are being modest: They are perfectionists and there really wasn’t any messing about. They’re total professionals.

The boys had no trouble with the energetic dance routine, because they are in the best shape for years, due to a regime that also includes regular golf rounds.  And they had no trouble fitting into their old costumes: They’re ever so baggy, Dec said about their XXL-sized shirts. We were always so swamped in things. The live performance was flawless, though they were left out of breath as they signed off. It’s a lot quicker than I remember. We’ve honestly aged a bit. We’ve either got a lot older and slower or the track’s got quicker.

Their performance on Saturday Night Takeaway got 8 million viewers last week and another million has viewed it on Youtube since. The boys did not see this coming! Not in a million years, Ant insists. We just did the performance and thought that would be that. It’s crazy what has gone on this week.

The Geordie duo can’t help not to comment about the irony of this situation. Back in their popstar career they launched 16 singles but none of them reached the top spot. Until now: It’s hard to believe, Dec said .We tried so hard to get a No 1 back in the day. Actually, I’m a little bit annoyed we may get one now without any effort.

What makes them so loveable?

Their success comes from their ‘boy-next-door’ character, maintaining a very down to earth attitude. As Amanda Holden, who worked with Ant and Dec for six years on Britain’s Got Talent, describes them: They don’t crave fame or attention but receive it by default. They work because they genuinely love each other and what they do. Dec is the fun, naughty one and Ant is more business-minded.  Or how their producer Richard Cowles says: They don’t try to be cool. They aren’t nasty — everything is done with a twinkle in their eyes. A generation has grown up with them and a new generation is discovering them now.

The boys are actually multimillionaires who manage every aspect of their career, coming a long way since their debut in 1989, when they were a couple of 15 year-old on the BBC drama Byker Grove. Ant and Dec had many projects throughout their career, but the project they love the most in Saturday Night Takeaway, which they launched in 2002 and ran for seven years. And it was their idea to bring the show back now, trying to convince ITV to do that, because the network was worried it wouldn’t be so popular now. The boys were a bit nervous about that too but they had faith in it. And it turns out they were right: the show is a huge success once again, with high ratings every week, and celebrities begging to appear on it. So far, the show has featured One Direction, Ricky Gervais, Terry Wogan, Sharon Osbourne, Alan Carr and Louis Walsh.And this week it will be Simon Cowell’s turn to take part in Ant and Dec’s shenanigans. Ant and Dec want to take the show to America, hoping to have the same success.


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