They say Nostalgia is always better the first time around. Sometimes it isn’t. I remember 1994 and I certainly remember PJ and Duncan and their hit single Lets’ Get Ready To Rhumble. It is safe to say my CD Rack feeble as it was back then was never remotely threatened by its addition.
Roll forward nineteen years. PJ and Duncan have become Ant and Dec. The Geordie lads from Byker Grove have become a pair of, not yet middle aged but certainly get closer, Saturday night Entertainers far removed from their suburban “Hip-Pop” roots.
As they evolved they carefully managed the change of their brand leaving behind all the vestiges of what they once were, that is until tonight.
In a nod to a recent reality TV series on ITV2 that saw 5ive, Blue and Atomic Kitten reforming, these bands were invited to perform on the Saturday Night Takeway tonight and the surprise was for one night only Ant and Dec were going to perform their hit single alongside the other bands.
The song might have been cheesy, pop-pish and very Vanilla but the performance Ant and Dec gave tells you everything you need to know about why they are Mr & Mr Saturday night TV. It was stupendously fantastic, especially when you consider that they were busting these same extremely energetic moves close to twenty years ago.
I shouldn’t have liked it but I loved it.
p.s. I you don’t remember the original, thanks to the wonders of YouTube, now I do
- ITV’s Ant and Dec’s Saturday Takeaway…My kids are in Paris???? (didyouwatchit.com)
- Doh! One Direction Caught Out By Ant And Dec Prank (contactmusic.com)