Warning: Britain’s Got Talent spoilers
Britain’s Got Talent returned to our screens last night (April 14) but there was something other than the acts which got people talking.
Ant and Dec.
Although pre-recorded, Ant and Dec were presenting the show, as they always do and people couldn’t have been happier about it.
Ant McPartlin has been absent from TV commitments - leaving Dec to present their Saturday Night Takeaway live shows alone - following a drink-driving offence.
He's currently receiving treatment in rehab following his arrest in London, after he lost control of his Mini, with his mum and Labrador, Hurely, as passengers.
His car collided with a BMW, whose passengers were a man, his wife and their three-year-old daughter, who was taken to a nearby hospital as a precaution.
While Dec impressed viewers on Saturday Night Takeaway, it wasn't quite the same without his on-screen partner.
One fan wrote:
I know it’s pre recorded but god it’s bloody good to see @antanddec together I’m missing his cheeky little face.
— stacey hawksley (@staceyhawksley) April 14, 2018
Was great seeing Ant back on tv with Dec but i was in tears miss him so much hope he knows we are behind him get better.
My son is bad at the min it's hard hes 19 just wish I could get my son back been to rehab done well but has bpd which is hard. [sic]
Was great seeing ant back on tv with dec but i was in tears miss him so much hope he knows we are behind him get better https://t.co/zF7XuNn0VE son is bad at the min its hard hes 19 just wish i could get my son back been to rehab done well but has bpd which is hard
— debbie davidson (@debbiedavidson4) April 15, 2018
Loved it @antanddec ❤️I miss Ant, I know he did wrong but I feel so sad when I see him. I just want him to get better and live a happy life in or out the public eye 💙
— Helen Louise (@Hellie_76) April 14, 2018
— Everything AAD (@EverythingAAD) April 15, 2018
So good to have Ant and Dec back on TV again! #BGT
— Ant and Dec News (@antanddec_news) April 14, 2018
I don’t care what you say but ant and dec pressing that golden buzzer every year is one of the most emotional things and never fails to make me sob #BritainsGotTalent
— lucy (@Iucybrown) April 14, 2018
During last night's BGT, Ant and Dec also hit their golden buzzer after being completely blown away by magician Marc Spelmann.
Marc's act was inspired by the birth of his daughter, Isabella, following five years of IVF treatment, as well as his wife's breast cancer diagnosis while she was pregnant.
There weren't many dry eyes in the place.
Watch the magical moment here:
— TV Geek Online 📺 (@TVGeekOnline) April 14, 2018
Also on the opening episode, audiences saw Matt Johnson's act, which was almost stopped by judge Simon Cowell.
Johnson's act was to pick the lock of handcuffs he was wearing, remove a chain from his neck, then find a correct key among 20 others while submerged underwater.
Johnson said his act should take one minute and 30 seconds, before warning the judges there'd be problems if he was in there for ten seconds longer.
He told them:
If I start floating and I pass out then you get me out.
Johnson gets past the first stages but is struggling to find the correct key as the time ticks up to two minutes.
A concerned Simon says 'ok' and stands up but Johnson finds the key in time and emerges from the tank.
Judge Alesha Dixon said everybody was 'sick, anxious, yet entertained' and Amanda Holden described it as 'horrific, exciting and brave'.
Simon then said:
For a moment I actually did think this was going to go wrong.
On the show, Johnson revealed he'd trained for three years and attempted the act only five times before, saying it had 'gone wrong more times than it had right'.
A great start to the series, it seems.
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