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Saturday Night Takeaway viewers shower “nervous” Dec Donnelly with praise as he goes it alone

Why no mention of Ant at the head of the show, though?

The studio audience of Saturday Night Takeaway took to their feet to show their support to Declan Donnelly as he took to the stage – alone.

The studio showed their love for Dec (Credit: ITV)

Tonight’s show marks a landmark in TV history, as well as the careers of Dec and his co-star Ant McPartlin.

It’s the first time that one of them has hosted a show without the other.

Ant is back in rehab, following his very publicised car accident and subsequent drink-drive charge earlier this month.

Dec and ITV took the decision for him to host the final two episodes of their Saturday prime-time favourite alone.

Some 10 minutes into the live show, Ant’s name had not been mentioned – with Dec only alluding to his absence by commenting about having double the workload this week.

It’s a busy one for Dec (Credit: ITV)

Many viewers picked up on this, and also Dec seeming pretty nervous – but who could blame him?!

Most viewers at home were as keen as the studio audience to shower him with respect…

Dec announced last week he’d be going solo on the show (Credit: ITV)

He and the show kept viewers abreast of rehearsals for the show, ahead of it going live.

Dec declared he was ready to go an hour ahead of broadcast…

The official social media accounts shared a picture of this week’s music guests, The Script…

… And guest announcer Stephen Merchant…

Well done so far, Dec, everyone’s rooting for you through the rest of the show!

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