Ant McPartlin fights back tears during Britain’s Got Talent live show telling fans he missed them
Ant and Dec returned to host Britain’s Got Talent in front of a live audience after a two-year absence – and half of the Geordie duo were visibly moved by the experience.
Ant, 46, fought back tears as he and co-star Dec were thrilled to be back.
ITV was forced to cancel the show last year as it became impossible to audition acts due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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In 2020, the live semi-finals and final were postponed to the fall and were largely pre-recorded, involving remote studio audiences.
Speaking to the audience, Ant said: “Excuse me while I go cry. We are so excited to be back. We were disgusted to miss last year and not see you all. But we are back, can’t wait to get out there and have a hell of a show for you.”
Meanwhile, the other Britain’s Got Talent stars couldn’t hide their joy at finally being back on the show, but it wasn’t long before the claws came out.
David Williams had a dig at Simon Cowell for taking so long to propose to Lauren Silverman.
After an act incorporated their engagement into an audition at the London Palladium on Sunday, David joked: “It was nice that you updated it with the engagement. I mean, they only had one. as a child seven years ago. He took his time.”
Having none of that, Simon fired back with “I hope mine lasts longer than yours, David,” in reference to his fellow judge’s five-year marriage to model Lara Stone.
Cowell said: “I’m so excited that we’re back! I can see people! I feel emotional.
Amanda Holden said: “I feel really suffocated. It’s so great to see you all.
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