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Sunday 9th August 2020

Dec 'could present Britain's Got Talent solo' after Saturday Night Takeaway success

BGT has yet to officially comment on the speculation

With Ant McPartlin currently taking a break from TV, questions have been asked about whether Dec Donnelly will present the Britain's Got Talent live shows himself.

Ant and Dec have already filmed scenes for the auditions episodes, which will kick off on ITV later this month.

Viewers and TV bosses were impressed with Dec's first solo outing on Saturday Night Takeaway last weekend (Credit: ITV)

Some have now asked if another co-presenter could be drafted in to work with Dec on the live shows.

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The overwhelming response was that Dec was fantastic solo.

But following the success of Dec fronting Saturday Night Takeaway solo at the weekend, TV sources have claimed Dec could also go it alone on BGT.

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.

While Ant was missed, Dec proved he's still a hit without his partner (Credit: ITV)

"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."

They added: "It was obviously strange for viewers seeing him alone at first, but he took everything in his stride like a total pro."

Ant has already filmed scenes for the auditions of BGT (Credit: ITV)

Dec, 42, is currently in Orlando, Florida, preparing for the Takeaway series finale, which will air on Saturday live from Universal Studios.

He will be supported again by Scarlett Moffatt and Stephen Mulhern, while Hollywood actress Denise Richards will be the Special Guest Announcer.

The Rembrandts, best known for the Friends theme tune, will be performing a karaoke classic in 'Singalong Live'.

Scarlett Moffatt and Stephen Mulhern have flown out on the "party plane" to join Dec in Florida for the Takeaway series finale (Credit: Instagram)

Dec chose to continue hosting Saturday Night Takeaway without Ant because "everyone at ITV and the Takeaway team feels we owe it to the audience to complete the series."

Ant stepped down from current TV commitments and returned to treatment after being charged with drink-driving in March.

In a statement last month, Dec said he "never thought I'd be in this position" but felt it was right, particularly as they had "made a promise to take hundreds of deserving winners to Florida to watch the series finale."

Ant will still feature in the final show as the pre-recorded outcome of the Saturday Knight Takeaway sketch will be shown.

Dec posted this statement about hosting solo in March (Credit: Instagram)

Dec's solo Saturday Night Takeaway was watched by 7.7 million viewers, peaking with 8.6 million viewers, as many praised Dec for his performance despite his obvious nerves.

Dec has not commented on whether he will front BGT alone.

ED! has contacted the show for comment.