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They're back ... Ant and Dec to host Brits

TV favourites Ant and Dec are to be the new hosts of the Brit Awards - 14 years after they last fronted the show.

The duo succeed James Corden who stepped down after hosting the event for four years running, including the famous moment in 2012 when he interrupted Adele during her winner's speech.

The show could do with some of their ratings magic after the audience collapsed last year with the lowest figures since 2006.

When the Geordie pair previously hosted the Brits in 2001, the show pulled in an average audience four million higher than last year's show.

There has been much speculation about who would take over from Corden.

Ant and Dec, who will present the show from the O2 Arena in London on February 25 next year, achieved their own chart-topping hit last year when Let's Get Ready to Rhumble went to number one, 19 years after they first released it during their pop career as PJ & Duncan.

"We're really excited to be hosting the Brits again," they said.

"We're especially excited now we're number one recording artists ourselves. We'll be offering our advice to the fledgling pop stars backstage as to how to have a number one hit, as long as they're prepared to wait 19 years."