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When Ant McPartlin was arrested for drink-driving back in March, the first thing everyone was thinking was: "What's going to happen to Dec?"
But Dec's been an absolute hero without his best mate at his side, easily powering through Saturday Night Takeaway and now Britain's Got Talent.
He opened last night's semi-final by performing 'There's No Business Like Show business', and fans loved it so much they're encouraging him to go solo for good.
What a dilemma. Ditching your best mate after three decades seems to break a lot of codes. Even if you can't tell them apart all the time, it's been hard to imagine one without the other.
But Dec high-kicked and skipped his way down the aisles and onto the stage, chucking out a few high-fives and kissing some ladies as he went (what a LAD). He told one woman: "You look nice," and she lost her mind a bit.
He was followed by a string of showgirls in what turned out to be a surprisingly entertaining song and dance routine. He said to them: "You don't have to go. Oh they're gone, I was enjoying that." Course you were mate. Of course you were.
The Geordie TV duo have been inseparable on screen since the PJ & Duncan days 30-odd years ago, and now we love them for taking the piss out of celebrities on I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here, and gatecrashing contestants' performances on Britain's Got Talent - especially when they do it uninvited.
It seems like Dec has really come into his own since Ant went into rehab, a bit like when your older sibling moves out and you've finally got your mum's undivided attention.
And now there are rumours that McPartlin and his wife Lisa Armstrong are divorcing - really rough year for Ant.
Fans seem to reckon Dec could make this solo gig a permanent thing - maybe he's been everyone's favourite all this time. He certainly seems to have won the girls over. Could save ITV a fair bit of money, too.
So, is this the end of Ant and Dec? Probably not, let's be honest.
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