Ant and Dec are at the helm again as BGT returns again on Saturday, two weeks after the Geordie duo hit their Golden Buzzer for singing actor Jon Courtenay.
And although they can no longer push the buzzer, their Geordie duo can still be taken by surprise by the acts aiming for a place in the next round and this is exactly what happened before Katherine and Joe went on stage for sing a medley from The Little Mermaid.
Joe, who was dressed in Sebastian the Crab, said to Ant, “Before I say something, I can say, I and you are related. “
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Ant and his best friend Dec both seemed shocked and very slightly frightened by his revelation, Ant answering: “Oh, then you watched the DNA show. “
Joe continued, “I’m an O’Malley, so let me hug you,” joked Dec. “I thought there was a resemblance.”
Ant and Dec traced their ancestry on ITV DNA Journey last year when, while discovering that they were really related, Ant discovered that the McPartlin family had a First World War hero who won a medal soldier for his bravery during the brutal battle of the Somme.
Ant learned of his great-grandfather’s exploits when he and Dec visited the Tyneside Irish Center to learn more about Tyneside Irish, a “battalion of friends” who suffered huge losses in the battle of 1916 .
Just one day, the combined Irish and Scottish Tyneside battalions – made up of men from the north-east – killed 18% of their men and 37% seriously injured.
After learning that his great-grandfather was an “absolute hero,” Ant replied, “Wow, don’t say you’re going to make me cry. It’s really fascinating. “