Will Holly Willoughby be the one to finally beat Ant and Dec at the NTAs?

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Holly Willoughby is being tipped to end Ant and Dec's winning streak at the National Television Awards in 2019.

Ant and Dec have won the TV presenter category for the last 17 years.

And while they've been nominated again, many are speculating it may not go to them this year.

Although both have made the shortlist as a duo, Ant stepped down from much of his TV work in 2018, missing episodes of Saturday Night Takeaway, Britain's Got Talent and all of I'm A Celebrity.

Holly has secured her own nomination for guest hosting I'm A Celeb alongside Dec, as well as presenting This Morning and Dancing On Ice.

NTA host Dermot O'Leary reckons it could finally be the year that Ant and Dec's winning streak comes to an end.

Backing Holly to take the prize, he told The Sun newspaper: "She did so well on I’m A Celebrity and she deserves it.”

Also nominated in the presenting category are Bradley Walsh, Graham Norton and Phillip Schofield.

Awkwardly, X Factor presenter Dermot himself didn't make the shortlist.

"What can I say? If you’re not on it, you’re not on it," he reacted. “I’ve not been on it for a couple of years now. That’s the thing.

“When you are on the shortlist you do forget you’re on the shortlist and then the award comes up and you’re like, ‘Oh God, s**t this is my award’ . . .  and then they give it to Ant and Dec.”

Meanwhile David Walliams, Simon Cowell, and Judge Rinder will fight over who's the best TV judge against newcomers Robbie Williams and Louis Tomlinson.

Coronation Street, EastEnders, Emmerdale and Hollyoaks will battle to win Best Serial Drama while the New Drama category includes nominations for Bodyguard, Girlfriends, Killing Eve and The Cry.

The NTA ceremony takes place at The O2 London on 22nd January 2019. The awards will be broadcast on ITV live. You can purchase tickets to be in the audience from www.nationaltvawards.com/tickets

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