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Ant and Dec admit Britain's Got Talent has had some dud years (Sorry, Jai McDowall)

Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway

Britain’s Got Talent hosts Ant and Dec have admitted that not every series is the ‘best ever’.

The Geordie duo confessed this week that the show has had some dud years and boring winners over the past eight series.

And Ant and Dec – who flopped in the US back in 2008 wit game show Wanna Bet – insisted it showed that not everything they put their hand to turns to gold.

Ant said: “Everyone says, ‘Oh, everything you guys do turns to gold’ but it doesn’t.

“Look at Red Or Black (Cowell’s roulette-themed show). That didn’t do what we all hoped it would do.”

Speaking to The Sun newspaper (paid link) today, Ant continued: “It’s a crowded market for these kinds of shows. BGT is all about the talent.

“The year Jai McDowall won we didn’t uncover as much talent as we should have and it suffered.

“But we’ve got some great talent this year. The judges are on form and we’ve seen some great acts.”

Meanwhile the pair revealed that they’ve spoken to BGT boss Simon Cowell since the birth of his baby boy Eric and it’s made him into a bit of a softie!

“I texted Simon and he texted back saying he can’t wait for us to meet him,” Ant said. “It’s going to change him.I’ve seen the change in Rob [Robbie Williams] since he’s had Teddy. It changes you for the better.

“Rob is just gushing about it all the time. I hope the same thing happens to Simon. I’m sure it will.”

Dec added: “I don’t think Simon expected to fall in love with Eric so instantly. I don’t think he knew how much it was going to change him.”

Britain’s Got Talent returns in the Spring on ITV.