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Holly and Phil are taking on Ant and Dec in TV battle

So pessimistic, guys!

Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield opened today’s This Morning with a slew of warm congratulatory wishes to each other.

Why, you ask?

Well, it’s because they’ve both been nominated in the Best TV Presenter category at this year’s National Television Awards!

There’s just, er, one problem…

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Holly and Phil reckon they’ve already lost the NTA! (Credit: ITV)

Also nominated (yet again) are the formidable and totally unbeatable Ant & Dec, who’ve won the gong for the last 16 years running!

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So it’s pretty unsurprising that as well as congratulating each other on their nominations, Holly and Phil both commiserated with each other about not winning – even though the awards don’t actually take place until January 23!

Phil said: “We have found ourselves head to head in the Best Presenter category.”

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Ant & Dec ALWAYS win the Best Presenter prize! (Credit: Instagram @antandecofficial)

Holly then interrupted: “No, the Ant & Dec Award, we should call it!”

Laughing, Phil agreed: “I have never been nominated for a single NTA in my entire life. We are all mates, this is great.”

Holly and Phil will go up against Ant & Dec and Bradley Walsh in the category.

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They jokingly renamed the prize the Ant & Dec Award (Credit: ITV)

Phil turned to Holly and said: “The three of us – you, me and Bradley Walsh, there’s no point. We won’t win, we don’t have to trouble ourselves with a speech. Ant & Dec have got it – 16 years in a row!”

Holly joked: “It’s just nice to be nominated!”

Phil then suggested they rehearse for the big night of the awards, quipping: “And the winners are, for the 17th year in a row… Ant & Dec!”

He and Holly then showed off their ‘losers’ clap and smile.

Ant & Dec are unbeatable! (Credit: FameFlynet)

It wasn’t all doom and gloom, though, as Phillip ended the segment by joking: “So, regardless, hashtag tequila!”

Does that mean we’ll have another Holly and Phil drunk / hungover in their night before clothes the morning after the awards?

Oh, we hope so!

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Celebrating their NTA win on This Morning in 2016 (Credit: ITV)

There’s a good chance Holly and Phil will bring home an award, though, even if it’s not a presenter gong -This Morning has been nominated (as per usual) in the Best Daytime category, against The Chase, Loose Women and The Jeremy Kyle Show.

Meanwhile, Holly’s Celebrity Juice is up against Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway in the Bruce Forsyth Entertainment Award category.

This Morning airs weekdays at 10.30am on ITV.