The negotiations between the ITV bosses and their three top stars are ready to start, but as that happens, a weird reality has just surfaced. It seems that securing a deal with duo Ant and Dec has become more important to ITV than an agreement with Simon Cowell.
The recent speculations were that the duo Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly might walk away and start working for other channels. But due to the successful ratings of the recent revived Saturday Night Takeaway the situation changed completely. The show has become the most successful Saturday night TV show, peaking to more than eight million viewers since its comeback.
Peter Fincham, director of television is apparently ‘very keen’ to seal a new exclusive deal. Ant and Dec previous two year deal was worth £5 million each, and now insiders suggest that this might get up to £6 million. An inside ITV source declared: Ant and Dec are bigger stars at ITV now than Simon Cowell — like him, they produce their own shows, too. The duo is essential not only to Takeaway, but also to Britain’s Got Talent and I’m a Celebrity, which they are hosting.
As for Cowell, he might face a pay cut, since its position is ‘far weaker’ than two years ago, when the X Factor show had peaking ratings.
Dancing on Ice axed?
Apparently the ITV bosses haven’t committed yet to a new series of the Dancing on Ice competition, which caused mentors Jayne Torville and Christopher Dean some torment. The champion ice-skating duo has said they are ‘desolated and devastated’ because of that. The show has faced some serious drop in ratings, that’s why its future is uncertain. The ITV confirmed that the show is not renewed officially, but next year will be the 30th anniversary of Torville and Dean’s Bolero, so the show has to be back.
Big Reunion back
The show that brought back together some of the most iconic bands from the 90’s is being considered for another series, due to its successful ratings. There are even some names in the talks, like S Club 7, Hear’Say and Cleopatra. The ITV source said that Believe it or not, there’s a huge appetite for nostalgia from that musical era, which is actually true. Could we dream of some Spice Girls?