Declan Donnelly Is To Host 'Britain's Got Talent' Live Shows Alone
It appears that Geordie flavour of the month Declan Donnelly will host Britain's Got Talent on his own after his usual co-star Ant McPartlin pulled out due to his recent troubles.
Ant was arrested on suspicion of drink driving and has had a much publicised battle with addiction over the past few years.
After his arrest he pulled out of all forthcoming work to concentrate on getting the help he needs.
Dec presented Saturday Night Takeaway on his own last week and is believed to have impressed the people behind BGT so much that they will let him do all of the live shows for this year's talent contest solo.
The auditions phase has already been recorded before Ant's arrest, so will feature both presenters.
An insider told The Sun: "After last weekend the feeling is very much that Dec should take on BGT alone too - he did a brilliant job.
"The bosses at ITV loved him and want him back on screens as soon as possible, and Simon Cowell totally agrees that he's the best man for the job rather than bringing in a new face.
"It was obviously strange for viewers seeing him alone at first, but he took everything in his stride like a total pro. That's not to say people didn't miss Ant, but the overwhelming response was that Dec was fantastic solo, too.
"It also solves the major headache over continuity issues because so much of the series is already in the bag after the auditions finished."
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He's got a bit of time to prepare for it at least - the show itself starts on April 14th but the live shows aren't going to be hitting British screens until May.
In the meantime, he will warm up by flying solo during the final episode of Saturday Night Takeaway this coming Saturday night.
He will be aided by guests from the series such as Scarlett Moffatt and Stephen Mulhern.
This weekend's show will be broadcast from Universal Studios in Orlando and ITV has also flown over a load of competition winners from throughout the series to join them.
Dec is expected to pay a tribute to his troubled friend on the show by introducing The Rembrandts song "I'll Be There For You" on the show this weekend.
The song will feature as part of the regular 'Singalong Live' segment and as well as being the theme tune to popular show Friends it has significance for the presenting duo.
A source told The Mail: "If ever there were a song to sum up Ant and Dec's friendship for the past 25 years then the Rembrandts track is it.
"The pair are fans of the comedy show and they even spoofed it on their 1990s SMTV show and called it Chums."
Dec will also be joined by Craig David and Hollywood actress Denise Richards.
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