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Alison Hammond and Dermot O'Leary to host This Morning for half term

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Alison Hammond and Dermot O'Leary will takeover This Morning all next week for half-term.

The pair, who currently front the show on Fridays, will present the ITV daytime series daily between 18 and 22 October at 10AM on ITV and ITV Hub

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Alison said ahead of their stint in charge: "The last time we did it, I really enjoyed the intenseness of it and seeing him every single day [laughs]. I’m hoping to have a couple of meals out, some lunches with him as well."

Dermot agreed: "Intenseness is the perfect word to describe it, but it’s a pleasant intenseness. I like coming in every day for a week and getting into the groove and swing of it - and of course, seeing Alison every day."

He continued to speak about their previous times hosting together: "Getting to know her and getting to trust her - our friendship is definitely the highlight, it’s lovely how it’s been nurtured over time. I’ve found a sister and a friend, which is nice. Something has really clicked in the last four months.

"Our highlights are also things like, ‘That worked well last week.’ I also like it when we’re talking about stuff that’s happening and you feel like you’re tapping in on the conversation with the country."

Alison added: I also love the half an hour after the show where we can eat the food. It’s like being in a restaurant with him. After the show, the lights go out and no-one takes any notice of us and we’re there in our own little world!"

Meanwhile Dermot revealed how he prepares for live shows, sharing: "I’ve got a show tune. On the way in, I work out what song I’m going to walk into the make up room with. I even get it to the point of the song where it’s going to be a good chorus before I step into the room.

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"I did No More Tears by Barbra Streisand and Donna Air recently and Alison and I did a little dance before catching up on the week. I have to do something that makes her happy, otherwise she has a go at me if it’s not funny enough!"

Alison said: "Yeah, I love that I have to be honest. It brings me joy. I like that ritual, but when it comes to things like breakfast, I switch it up a bit. Some days I have poached eggs and avocado, other days I might just have a protein shake."

The duo also spoke about This Morning's recent National Television Awards win with Alison saying: "I do feel really proud. I’ve been here a long time. All these achievements have been incredible. I know people may think we take it for granted, but we really don’t. I’m really honoured to be a part of the show."

And Dermot joked: "I'm just relieved. If we hadn't won the NTA this year, there’s no prize for guessing who would be to blame!"

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Alison and Dermot will present This Morning daily between October 18th-22nd at 10am on ITV and ITV Hub.

Picture: ITV

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