On the peak of their fame, Little Ant and Dec have been extra in demand that the precise variations.
The pint-sized duo have been introduced onto Saturday Night Takeaway to present us one other double dose of guffaws and shortly turned the spotlight of the present.
Ant McPartlin and Dec Donnelly have been joined every week by their tiny counterparts, who have been getting large gigs interviewing large identify Hollywood stars, chart-topping pop sensations and even the Prime Minister.
However an enormous drawback began to develop, actually, which means the teen have been axed from the present and ultimately changed by a brand new Little Ant and Dec.
James Pallister and Dylan McKenna-Redshaw have been the Geordie duo’s unique younger lookalikes – and a few even thought they might take over as soon as the presenters retired.
They dressed Katie Price up in a fats swimsuit and a bald cap, bought Ewan McGregor to show them how you can play the bagpipes and made Hugh Grant put on a pair of large ears.
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On a purchasing journey with Victoria Beckham they cheekily tried to signal son Brooklyn up for his or her beloved soccer membership Newcastle United.
Then they went one step additional by making an attempt to dupe David Beckham into enjoying for his or her house staff.
They bought in sizzling water with Will Smith for jokingly making him wait over an hour whereas they mucked round within the swimming pool forward of the Venice Movie Competition.
Different Hollywood stars additionally fell foul of the horrible twosome, together with Angelina Jolie, and so they began laughing when assembly Robert De Niro.
Little Ant and Dec even visited 10 Downing Road to speak politics with then Prime Minister Tony Blair – and naturally they’d their Newcastle United shirts with them.
Having began out in 2003, the pair’s time on the present got here to an finish after 5 collection and so they went again to their regular lives at college.
When bosses determined to convey again Little Ant and Dec in 2013, they’d been changed by a good youthful duo.
They realised that James and Dylan have been too previous to hold on as a result of they have been now nearing their 20s.
However the main drawback was that they’d each grown rather a lot taller than Ant and Dec, which admittedly is not saying a lot.
Dec admitted the pair are each “six footers” and now dwarf their older counterparts in dimension.
Unsurprisingly, they appear very completely different now and have ditched their trademark Ant and Dec hairstyles, however they’ve nonetheless bought these cheeky grins that left viewers and celebrities in stitches.
Neither of the pair has moved away from the North East – with James happening to work as a car technician for BMW earlier than becoming a member of the RAC to assist drivers in misery.
Whereas Dylan began his personal diet enterprise, serving to folks with weight reduction, muscle acquire and sports activities efficiency.
Dylan even snapped himself having fun with a beer with the precise Ant and Dec throughout a boozy reunion in 2013.
He mentioned: “It’s at all times good to see Ant and Dec once more. They have been shocked once they noticed us, it’s been a couple of years since we’ve caught up and we’re a lot taller!
“It was a extremely good expertise. Me and James used to joke with Ant and Dec. They have been nice academics! Trying again I suppose we have been capable of be extra naughty and cheeky than they’d have gotten away with.
“Instances have modified. I don’t suppose I appear to be a Little Ant now however I actually loved the expertise and its one thing I’ll always remember.”
The lads did return to Saturday Night time Takeaway to fulfill their replacements on the present – with Neil Overend and Haydn Reid taking on from longstanding pair throughout collection 10.
In maintaining with custom, they’d some unforgettable encounters with a bunch of celebrities, together with beating Jennifer Lawrence in an arm wrestle then blindfolded the actress.
The miniature doppelgangers additionally put footballing legend Wayne Rooney via his paces on the pitch and had a tea celebration with Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L Jackson.
They even unleashed their distinctive interview type on Boris Johnson, quizzing him on the essential matters together with not brushing his hair, his lack of typical Mayoral apparel and testing his London slang.
As soon as once more, precisely the identical situation arose as earlier than and present bosses determined the boys had “outgrown their function”.
Like their predecessors, they have been additionally in peril of eclipsing the actual Ant and Dec within the peak stakes so needed to go.
“Little Ant and Dec have outgrown the function, fairly actually, and as such will not be returning to the present this 12 months,” a supply instructed the Every day Star.
“Little Dec has his SATs subsequent 12 months and Little Ant is transferring to highschool so it felt like the precise time for them to maneuver on and deal with their research.”
They’re now too instructed to return for sketches and interviews, however the pair are frequent guests to the Saturday Night time Takeaway studio.
“They often come down with their households,” Dec instructed Digital Spy final 12 months.
“They will come all the way down to a present yearly. However we did not see them final 12 months. And we cannot see them this 12 months as a result of we cannot have anyone on the studio.
“We’ve not seen them for a short while. They usually come down to absorb a present. That is the one which makes us really feel actually previous!”
The duo additionally admitted that peak was a difficulty with each variations of their little lookalikes.
“The primary Littles are large as nicely. They’re two six-footers,” added Dec.
“We’ve not seen the second Littles for a short while. It will be good to see them once we can get them again to the studio.”
Nonetheless, this won’t be the final time we see a model of Little Ant and Dec on out screens because the Geordie duo usually are not against discovering extra lookalikes sooner or later sooner or later.
“The great factor is, with one thing like that, sooner or later we would wish to do it once more,” Ant teased final 12 months.
“We’d search once more for 2 new Littles and do the merchandise once more. And we would attempt it once more with two new ones.”
Ant and Dec are again tonight for a model new collection, however will there be a brand new Little Ant and Dec? There’s just one technique to discover out.
*Saturday Night time Takeaway begins tonight on ITV at 7pm
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