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A Loveable Duo and Fun Read,
This review is from: Ooh! What a Lovely Pair: Our Story (Ant & Dec) (Hardcover)
Ant and Dec: How can you not love these cheeky, loveable Geordie lads. Ooh! What A Lovely Pair: Our Story is a thoroughly enjoyable, engaging and entertaining account of their lives up to now, welcomingly injected with a good, refreshing sense of humour. What you see is what you get with these guys; they don't take themselves too seriously as some other self-obsessed celebrities blatantly do, have remained down to earth, both coming from working class backgrounds and are nothing but honest and frank throughout.
As well as chronicling their early life, they then recount their treasured time together spent on the hit BBC kids series Byker Grove (which I was totally hooked on as a kid in the late 80's/early 90's), meeting for the first time when they were both at the tender age of 13. And as the synopsis suggests they didn't warm to each other immediately like some may think, but it wasn't long before they became best buddies and have been virtually inseperable ever since.
After their stint as PJ and Duncan in Byker Grove then came their short-lived pop career, certainly notching up impressive sales for their string of singles and albums - although they've never quite been able to live down "Let's Get Ready To Rhumble"! LOL! They aren't averse to taking the mickey out of themselves and literally ridicule themselves in the book when it comes to writing about their stint as pop stars, both regarding it as a bit of a joke. It had obviously been a money-making ploy for the record company, cashing in and capitilising on Ant and Dec's (still) huge popularity with the teen market. They also recite that at nearly every function they attend today they often get called upon to perform "Let's Get Ready To Rhumble", much to their embarrasment (and annoyance). You'll also laugh when they recall their trip overseas to promote their music and at one gig, unbeknown to them, a 12 inch dance remix they'd never heard was played instead of the single they'd carefully rehearsed so their choreography was all over the place and there they were in front of thousands of people, feeling completely at sea!
Then of course the duo became famous for Saturday morning kids TV which eventually paved the way for them to getting their own primetime Saturday night TV show, something they had wanted for some time. They scooped several awards for the likes of Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Take Away, which they recall with pride and at the same time taking it all in their stride. They've certainly each got both feet on the ground and haven't allowed their success to go to their heads and that becomes all the more apparent as you read the book.
Also there are many fun, juicy anecdotes about their already legendary time as hosts of I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here and Britain's Got Talent, plus depicting other notably exciting events that have happened in their lives so far. I'm sure in another two years they'll be able to fill another book.
All in all this is a thoroughly enjoyable, very good read - it certainly kept me entertained having read this on two long train journeys and gave me quite a good few laughs. Fair play to these guys - they've come a long way and it's well deserved. This book is testament to that.