This is why Ant and Dec are not social distancing ahead of their Britain's Got Talent return

By Stephanie Rendall
Wednesday, 2nd September 2020, 1:02 pm
Updated Wednesday, 2nd September 2020, 1:24 pm
The pair will return to our screens on Saturday night for the semi-finals of Britain's Got Talent. (Getty)
The pair will return to our screens on Saturday night for the semi-finals of Britain's Got Talent. (Getty)

Ant and Dec have revealed they will not be socially distancing from each other while filming Britain's Got Talent.

The presenting duo said they have formed a “cohort” with each other while working on other projects.

Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly, known by their abbreviated stage name, Ant & Dec, have revealed they test for Covid-19 at four-day intervals, in order to safely work together in close quarters.

Explaining the situation to ITV’s This Morning, Donnelly said, “We are a cohort, we are working on Britain’s Got Talent at the moment, and other things, so we get tested every four days so our households are connected and we formed a cohort so we can sit next to each other.”

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    McPartlin added, “We have got to be careful as to where we go and who we see but we’ve got each other.”

    When does Britain's Got Talent return?

    The duo will return to our screens on Saturday night (5 Sept), to kick start the semi-finals after several months off air due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    However Simon Cowell will be missing from the judging panel while he recovers from surgery after breaking his back.

    How will the talent show differ this year?

    Talking about the changes to the show caused by coronavirus safety measures, Donnelly revealed, “We have got no audience in the studio but we have a massive virtual audience, we have like 500 people on a huge wall in the studio, and they are all sat at home watching it so we have an audience and they are all sat on their sofa clapping and cheering along, it’s really good.

    “It’s different people every week but it’s fantastic and it looks amazing as well so it just gives you the sense that there are people there and for the acts they are performing to somebody and not just the four judges.”

    McPartlin added, “It’s tough for the acts especially for comedians to come out there in front of nobody so we needed something and they’ve come up with this.”