Ant and Dec emotionally rehearse their last ever Saturday Night Takeaway with S Club 7 and Tony Hadley as the show comes to an end after 22-years

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Ant and Dec are all set to stun Saturday Night Takeaway fans with one last action-packed episode. 

And the rehearsals for the big finale were in full swing on Saturday as they and S Club 7, Kaiser Chiefs, and Tony Hadley all took to the stage for one last final soundcheck ahead of the evening show. 

In one snap, the hosting duo, both 48, can be spotted on stage in high spirits as they spoke with the crew members. 

Ant sported a casual fit for the sunny day ahead as he donned a light blue sweatshirt and opted for rolling the sleeves up.

Meanwhile Dec opted for a similar ensemble as he sported a navy blue sweatshirt that was strikingly similar to Ant’s. 

Ant and Dec are all set to stun Saturday Night Takeaway fans with one last action-packed episode

Ant and Dec are all set to stun Saturday Night Takeaway fans with one last action-packed episode

And the rehearsals for the big finale were in full swing on Saturday as they and S Club 7, Kaiser Chiefs, and Tony Hadley all took to the stage for one last final soundcheck ahead of the evening show

And the rehearsals for the big finale were in full swing on Saturday as they and S Club 7, Kaiser Chiefs, and Tony Hadley all took to the stage for one last final soundcheck ahead of the evening show

In one snap, S Club 7 stars Jo O’Meara, 44, and Tina Barrett, 47, can be seen all smiles as they laughed and chatted alongside Kaiser Chief’s star Ricky Wilson, 46.

Jo looked casual chic in a long sleeved white T-shirt and black jeans and opted for styling her blonde locks in loose voluminous waves for the day. 

Meanwhile, Tina cut a cosy casual look in a white hoody and light blue jeans as she graced the stage. 

In another snap, Tony, 63, and Ricky appeared to be having a great time as they chatted amongst each other ahead of the final show. 

Ricky, who is a member of the rock band Kaiser Chiefs, sported a casual striped top for the jam-packed day ahead and teamed the casual top with a pair of faded light blue jeans. 

He opted for further accessorising his look with a bright orange hat and adorned a huge grin on his face as he put his arm around his pal Tony. 

Meanwhile, Tony looked incredibly dapper as he donned a striped blue suit consisting of a light blue shirt, a striped blazer, and a pair of tailored trousers to match.   

The day of rehearsals comes after Ant and Dec previously fought back tears as they admitted they were struggling ahead of the final. 

In one snap, the hosting duo, both 48, can be spotted on stage in high spirits as they spoke with the crew members

In one snap, the hosting duo, both 48, can be spotted on stage in high spirits as they spoke with the crew members

In one snap, S Club 7 stars Jo O'Meara, 44, Tina Barrett, 47, and Rachel Stevens, 46, prepared themselves for soundcheck

In one snap, S Club 7 stars Jo O’Meara, 44, Tina Barrett, 47, and Rachel Stevens, 46, prepared themselves for soundcheck

In another snap the trio can be seen all smiles as they laughed and chatted alongside Kaiser Chief's star Ricky Wilson, 46

In another snap the trio can be seen all smiles as they laughed and chatted alongside Kaiser Chief’s star Ricky Wilson, 46

Ricky, who is a member of the rock band Kaiser Chiefs, sported a casual striped top for the jam-packed day ahead and teamed the casual top with a pair of faded light blue jeans

Ricky, who is a member of the rock band Kaiser Chiefs, sported a casual striped top for the jam-packed day ahead and teamed the casual top with a pair of faded light blue jeans

He opted for further accessorising his look with a bright orange hat and adorned a huge grin on his face as he put his arm around his pal Tony Hadley

He opted for further accessorising his look with a bright orange hat and adorned a huge grin on his face as he put his arm around his pal Tony Hadley

Meanwhile, Tony looked incredibly dapper as he donned a striped blue suit consisting of a light blue shirt, a striped blazer, and a pair of tailored trousers to match

Meanwhile, Tony looked incredibly dapper as he donned a striped blue suit consisting of a light blue shirt, a striped blazer, and a pair of tailored trousers to match

In another snap Jo O'Meara appeared in her element as she sang her heart out alongside Bradley McIntosh, 42.

In another snap Jo O’Meara appeared in her element as she sang her heart out alongside Bradley McIntosh, 42. 

The Geordie duo looked emotional as they shared a short clip of themselves behind the scenes during rehearsals for Saturday night’s show. 

Ant and Dec have promised viewers a vast array of entertainment as they vowed to throw ‘the party to end all parties’ with a two-hour extravaganza. 

During the clip Ant said: ‘So rehearsals are underway for the last Saturday Night Takeaway’. 

He then asked Dec who appeared emotional ‘You alright there?

Dec, who looked visibly upset, sighed before adding ‘I’m OK. Getting through it,

Ant added ‘We’re OK. It’s very sad.’ Before Dec admitted ‘It’s a weird day isn’t it’. 

Ant agreed by saying ‘It’s a really weird day. Really weird.’ 

The dynamic duo eventually managed to pull themselves together as they revealed to their followers that Saturday night’s show will be their best yet. 

Ant claimed: ‘But it’s going to be a great show. A two-hour extravaganza. Fun times, guys. 7 o’clock. See you later.’ 

In another snap members of S Club 7 appeared in very high spirits as they ensured rehearsals went smoothly

In another snap members of S Club 7 appeared in very high spirits as they ensured rehearsals went smoothly 

 32 celebrities will be making an appearance on Saturday night’s show including Simon Cowell, Girls Aloud, Amanda Holden, and Rylan Clark. 

Former helpers Ashley Roberts and Kirsty Gallacher will also be reportedly making a comeback during the Ant vs Dec challenges. 

There will also be a huge singalong with S Club 7, Kaiser Chiefs, and Tony Hadley. 

Teasing tonight’s final episode on last week’s show, Dec said: ‘Next week is your last episode of your Saturday Night Takeaway.

‘But the good news is it’s a live two-hour extravaganza, basically it’s going to be the mother of all parties.

‘We’re taking over the whole of television centre.’

The long day of rehearsals comes after the hosting duo admitted leaving the iconic show was far from an easy decision, as they discussed their emotional farewell during an appearance on Friday’s This Morning. 

Chatting to hosts Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary on the final extravaganza, the pair explained it felt like ‘the right time’ to leave the iconic show ‘on a high’.

Praising its 22 years of broadcasting, Dec said: ‘When we first came to the decision to rest it – and we did it because 20 series feels like a good time to do it – we told our management first. 

‘We said, “We want to rest it but we reserve the right between now and then to change our minds several time,” and we have. But I think we know in our heart of hearts it’s the right thing to do.’ 

The day of rehearsals comes after Ant and Dec previously fought back tears as they admitted they were struggling ahead of the final

The day of rehearsals comes after Ant and Dec previously fought back tears as they admitted they were struggling ahead of the final

The Geordie duo looked emotional as they shared a short clip of themselves behind the scenes during rehearsals for Saturday night's show

The Geordie duo looked emotional as they shared a short clip of themselves behind the scenes during rehearsals for Saturday night’s show

Ant and Dec have promised viewers a vast array of entertainment as they vowed to throw 'the party to end all parties' with a two-hour extravaganza

Ant and Dec have promised viewers a vast array of entertainment as they vowed to throw ‘the party to end all parties’ with a two-hour extravaganza

Ant agreed echoing: ‘For the show and for us personally, it’s the right thing at the right time.’

While teasing a slew of hotly-anticipated surprises for the grand finale, the Geordie duo admitted they remain unsure if the show will ever be back on screen. 

Cherishing their memories on the show, Ant said: ‘You want to make sure that you get enough new stuff in and fun stuff in so it’s not just all a look back.

‘We don’t know when the show will be back and we don’t know if we will ever do Ant versus Dec again, so whoever wins is the ultimate!’, Dec added.

The presenting pair also admitted there will be ‘tears’ once the show has wrapped, and that it has been ‘quite hard’ in the final days before broadcasting.

Ant said: ‘I’m sure there will be tears. It’s been quite hard this week knowing it’s the final week in rehearsals and script meetings and everything. 

‘We’ve kind of kept a lid on it until now. Until we got here and saw the stage, we thought, oh, it seems quite final.’

Andi Peters will present his final SNT competition while Jordan North, Josie Gibson and Scarlett Moffatt will be bringing joy to unsuspecting members of the public.

The long day of rehearsals comes after the hosting duo admitted leaving the iconic show was far from an easy decision

The long day of rehearsals comes after the hosting duo admitted leaving the iconic show was far from an easy decision

Dec said: 'We said ''We want to rest it'' but we reserve the right between now and then to change our minds several times. And we have. But I think we know in our heart of hearts it's the right thing to do'

Dec said: ‘We said ”We want to rest it” but we reserve the right between now and then to change our minds several times. And we have. But I think we know in our heart of hearts it’s the right thing to do’

 Last year Ant and Dec announced they’d quit Saturday Night Takeaway ahead of the 20th series, shocking their fans across the nation.

The pair will continue their exclusive working relationship with ITV, hosting hit shows including I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!, Britain’s Got Talent and Limitless Win, all of which air across ITV1 and ITVX.

Ant said at the time: ‘We love making Saturday Night Takeaway, but reaching the milestone of 20 series seemed like the perfect time to pause for a little while and catch our breath.’ 

Dec added: ‘We still have a momentous 20th series to look forward to first so we will do our best to go out (for now) with a bang in 2024!’

Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, produced by Lifted Entertainment (part of ITV Studios) and Mitre Studios, will return next year for its 20th series.

The series has spawned numerous iconic segments, including Win the Ads, Undercover, Get Out Of Me Ear, The End of Show Show and the Happiest Minute of the Week.

Girls Aloud will serve as the star guest announcers during the episode ahead of their upcoming tour

Girls Aloud will serve as the star guest announcers during the episode ahead of their upcoming tour

The show's combination of live, high energy, feel good fun has seen the format achieve multiple BAFTA and National Television Awards since launching in 2002

The show’s combination of live, high energy, feel good fun has seen the format achieve multiple BAFTA and National Television Awards since launching in 2002

The most recent series launched in February with ITV1’s biggest overnight audience of the year, attracting 6.4 million viewers, and the biggest entertainment audience across any channel.

 The show’s combination of live, high energy, feel good fun has seen the format achieve multiple BAFTA and National Television Awards since launching in 2002.

Kevin Lygo, ITV Managing Director, Media and Entertainment, said: ‘When you think of Saturday night television you think of Saturday Night Takeaway.

‘Over 20 series the show has become a cultural phenomenon, and while we eagerly anticipate what Ant & Dec have up their sleeves for the 2024 series, we completely understand their desire to take a pause, take stock, and think about what the next incarnation of the show might look like.’

Ant and Dec – who initially found fame on Byker Grove in the late 1980s – first fronted the show from 2002 until 2009 and then again from 2013 when it returned. 

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