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Saturday 23 June 2018

Dec to go solo on Britain’s Got Talent as live semi-finals begin

Ant McPartlin will be absent after he stepped back from his presenting commitments when he was charged with drink-driving

It will be Dec's first time presenting BGT alone (Joe Giddens/PA)
It will be Dec's first time presenting BGT alone (Joe Giddens/PA)

By Joe Nerssessian, Press Association

Declan Donnelly will present Britain’s Got Talent without Ant McPartlin for the first time on Monday night.

The TV duo appeared together in the audition episodes as they were recorded before McPartlin stepped back from his presenting commitments when he was charged with drink-driving earlier this year.

He was banned from the road for 20 months and fined £86,000 after pleading guilty to driving while more than twice the legal limit.

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National Television Awards 2018 – Press Room – London

McPartlin, 42, also missed the final two episodes of his and Donnelly’s Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway.

Britain’s Got Talent bosses confirmed he would be absent for the live shows before the series started, saying: “We send Ant all our love… and we know that Dec will do a brilliant job.”

While Donnelly presented the final two episodes of Saturday Night Takeaway alone, Monday’s first semi-final will be his solo debut on Britain’s Got Talent.

The duo have fronted BGT since its inception in 2007 and have a golden buzzer option on the show which allows them to send an act directly to the competition’s live semi-final.

The semi-finals will take place at the Hammersmith Apollo throughout next week before Sunday night’s grand final.

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