Declan Donnelly admits online criticism is tough as TV star goes it alone on BGT

Declan Donnelly has been forced to fly solo on Britain’s Got Talent after sidekick Ant McPartlin cancelled all work commitments for the ‘foreseeable future’.

But he needn’t have worried about going it alone, as his solo presenting efforts have so far been heavily praised.

On Monday, Dec – who already fronted Saturday Night Takeaway without longtime co-presenter Ant – will be hosting BGT alone when the live shows kick off in the run up to the final on 3 June.

Revealing his tips and tricks to stay focused, he said he never watches himself back on TV and doesn’t look at social media.

“You can’t do anything about live stuff once it’s done,” Dec, 42, told The Sun’s TV magazine.

“At times the criticism stings, but not often. Usually it’s a case of: ‘Look at you with your 11 [Twitter] followers. You’re brave.’”

He also said that the hosting duo’s management company previousy told them to consider key man insurance – which is an insurance policy between business partners to cover one if something were to happen to the other.

“A couple of years ago our management said: ‘Have you considered key man insurance?

"’Because if something were to happen to the other one, your income would probably stop.’

"’You’re not going to work on your own,’” he went on.

“We were like: ‘What do you mean, not going to work on our own?!’ Then someone went: ‘No, no… or it’s just for some money to come in while you decide what to do.’ We preferred that version!”

Ant stepped back from his presenting commitments when he was charged with drink-driving earlier this year.

He was banned from the road for 20 months and fined £86,000 after pleading guilty to driving while more than twice the legal limit.

*Britain’s Got Talent airs tonight on ITV at 8pm

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