Initially, Ant and Dec pitched the concept of a one-hour music present referred to as CD:UK, though regardless of ITV turning it down on the time, they did have one other proposition for them.
Talking on ITV’s The Story Of SMTV Stay, Ant started: ‘They pitched the concept again to us and mentioned “May you do that on a Saturday morning, however do it for 3 hours.’
‘You’re in your 20s, you’re out of labor proper, you’ve acquired no prospects and ITV say to you “How about doing three hours each Saturday morning, not only for 28 weeks a 12 months, however for 52 of of the 12 months?”‘ Ant continued.
‘And we simply went, “No.’
Ant and Dec turned down the job twice (Image: ITV)
‘Trying again now, the conceitedness, would you name it conceitedness?’ he requested Dec.
‘Stupidity, simply stupidity,’ Dec chipped in.
‘We have been like, we’ll do the music present, however we’re not doing the children stuff, cartoons and all that,’ Dec defined.
Ant added: ‘They mentioned to us, “That is the place you be taught your craft, there may be nowhere else the place you may be taught dwell tv the place you may be taught to be a presenter” and we have been went “Nahhh” and we turned it down once more.’
Ant, Dec and Cat hosted the present from 1998 to 2001 (Image: ITV)
After they did tackle the job with pal Cat Deeley, scores for the present weren’t what they had hoped and so they feared for their careers.
‘We’re the presenters we’re at this time due to that present. We realized learn how to do it there – and there’s no higher breeding floor than Saturday morning tv,’ Ant mentioned.
‘Individuals have been placing stress on ITV. Different manufacturing firms have been saying, “Look, they’re not doing it ratings-wise, it’s not nice. You need to exchange it with certainly one of our reveals.”
Scores for the present weren’t what they anticipated at first ! (Image: Twitter)
‘Nevertheless it wasn’t nice for the primary couple of months. There was no ambiance. We acquired it unsuitable initially.’
The pair recognised that one thing needed to change or the present was susceptible to being axed and they also determined to spice issues up a bit.
Dec added: ‘It had been going pretty badly for a protracted sufficient time that folks have been beginning to ask questions. “Ought to this present be on air?”
‘I believed, “In the event that they pull this I’m gonna lose my home. I’ll have to return to Newcastle and dwell with my mother and father once more”. We have been like, “Oh boy, that is dangerous!”‘
Fortunately for them, the present was an enormous success and paved the way in which for future careers.
SM:TV Stay is accessible to observe on the ITV hub.