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  Find out about Pop Idol hosts Ant & Dec
Updated 24 October 2003, 17.06
Ant and Dec
Ant & Dec are always there to offer the contestants a kind word when the judges have given them a panning.

The Geordie duo, who also fronted the first Pop Idol series, have grown up on television.

They met when they were 13 and actors on kids' show Byker Grove.

Ant and Dec in their Byker Grove days
Ant and Dec in their Byker Grove days

Their characters were called PJ and Duncan, and the pair later launched a music career using these names.

In 1995, they turned their attention back to television.

Their shows included Ant & Dec Unzipped, The Ant & Dec Show and Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway.

Success

Up until 2001, they also presented Saturday morning favourites SM:tv & CDUK.

Ant & Dec have been massively successful.

This year important media magazine Broadcast named them the hottest talent on TV.

They also picked up three gongs at 2002's National TV Awards - including a special recognition award.

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