Declan Donnelly insists he’s ‘fine’ as he breaks down over moving BGT performance
16th April 2022

Declan Donnelly couldn't help but break down into floods of tears as he watched Nick Edwards sing for his daughters on Britain's Got Talent.

During the first episode of the programme, which has returned after two years, Nick's daughters surprised him by inviting him up onto the stage to perform in front of the panel of judges, including Simon Cowell, 62, Amanda Holden, 51, Alesha Dixon, 43, and David Walliams, 50.

Surprise flashed across Nick's face as he tried to hold back his emotions before coming up to face the audience.

Announcing that he had "no idea" this was going to happen, he managed gather himself after getting a sip of water before belting out a song for his children.


Watching from the sidelines was Ant McPartlin, 46, and his presenting partner Dec, 46, who were both taken by the performance.

Dec, who is dad to daughter Isla with wife Ali Astall, couldn't help but wipe away tears as he watched intently, before turning around and telling the camera: "I'm fine, I'm fine."

He wasn't the only one to be left fighting back tears as Amanda and Alesha both felt emotional.

Fans were quick to flock to Twitter to share their thoughts on the emotional reaction Dec had as one person wrote: "It was Dec crying that got me #BGT," with three crying emojis.

Another shared: "omg he was so good and dec crying literally had me in tears how sweet was that #BGT".

While a third added: "Dec is crying, I am crying, you are crying…what a show tonight!! #BGT #BritainsGotTalent".

Britain's Got Talent has returned to screens after a two year break and while the general format has remained the same – some things have certainly changed.

The long-running show has introduced a new segment to make the show more exciting for fans, called Golden Moments.

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In the special new segment, the judges will surprise a member of the public who has been nominated to appear on the show by family or friends.

Ant opened up about the feature as he said: "There's also something new to look forward to this year, it's called Golden Moments, where each judge surprises an unsuspecting act that's been nominated without their knowledge and invites them to interview on our iconic stage at the London Palladium."

"The idea came about because a couple of years ago, it was like – there wasn't any sort of great plan, just someone said to me, will you go to this school and tell the school kids that they actually are going to be on Britain's Got Talent because they didn't know," he explained to The Mirror.

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"I turned up at the school, they had no idea what was going on and I said to them, your teacher has applied for you to be on the show. It was really exciting and it was really fun. About a year ago, one of the producers said how about we do that with all of the judges, so we surprise someone in all different ways and tell them that someone has applied for them to be on the show."

He added: "There were four surprises, each of us had one to do. It was brilliant and we've called it a Golden Moment."

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