New National Television Awards host Joel Dommett was a hit with viewers on Thursday evening.
‘@joeldommett is absolutely SMASHING it!’ came one tweet, as another fan penned: ‘Joel is doing an fantastic job presenting tonight!’
Job well done! New National Television Awards host Joel Dommett was a hit with viewers on Thursday evening
‘Joel is GREAT at this, very funny and natural – a future Dermot!’ someone else gushed.
‘Loving Joel Dommett on #NTAs Best presenter they’ve had. Congrats!’ someone else penned.
‘Joel Dommett’s doing such a great job! These things are normally so awks but I’m actually enjoying it!’ another typed.
‘Wow wow wow!!! @joeldommett you were just FANTASTIC at presenting #NTAs !!! Please please please do it again next year!! Made it such an enjoyable watch!’ someone else tweeted.
At the helm: Joel hosted the lengthy broadcast – pictured with JLS
A hit! Those tuning into the show headed to Twitter to laud the comedian, 36, with one branding him the ‘future Dermot O’Leary’
Joel kicked off the 2021 ceremony, celebrating the return of live in-person shows amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sure to launch the show on a light-hearted yet poignant note, Joel quipped: ‘It’s been a great year for soaps thanks to all the hand-washing!’
The broadcast kicked off with a VT of Joel frantically trying to find someone to open the show, with the likes of Simon Cowell, Oti Mabuse, Ant & Dec, Holly Willoughby and Mo Gilligan joining in for the skit.
Great job! The broadcast kicked off with a VT of Joel frantically trying to find someone to open the show, with the likes of Simon Cowell, Oti Mabuse, Ant & Dec, Holly Willoughby and Mo Gilligan joining in for the skit
Joel also joked in his speech at he had to stay two metres away from Ant & Dec (‘not because of the pandemic, because they’ve asked me to’) and referenced the awkwardness of watching racy drama Bridgerton with his mother.
He then joked that he wouldn’t be making a gag about Ricky Gervais, who was in the audience, because ‘he’s my idol and I’m scared of him’.
Elsewhere, in a funny moment, Jude Riordan couldn’t even reach the microphone as he accepted his award for Best Newcomer for his performance on Coronation Street – making him the youngest ever winner at the event.
The 10-year-old had to be lifted by host Joel so he could give his speech in the hilarious moment at the ceremony.
Sweet! Elsewhere, in a funny moment, Jude Riordan couldn’t even reach the microphone as he accepted his award for Best Newcomer for his performance on Coronation Street – making him the youngest ever winner at the event
New host Joel admitted he is ‘honoured’ to have been selected to front the spectacle.
He said in a statement: ‘It’s a huge honour to be hosting the NTAs this year! It still feels like someone has made a wonderful error.
‘I really, really love TV and can’t wait to celebrate the best stuff from what’s been a very weird year or so.’
New host Joel admitted he is ‘honoured’ to have been selected to front the spectacle. He said in a statement: ‘It’s a huge honour to be hosting the NTAs this year! It still feels like someone has made a wonderful error’
NTA’s Executive Producer Kim Turberville added ahead of the show: ‘We are so excited to be back to celebrate a remarkable TV year like no other. There is a wealth of great television to recognise and we are delighted to have Joel at the helm. With his wit and natural charisma, he’ll definitely be bringing a fresh approach to this year’s awards.’
Earlier this year, it was announced the NTAs, which usually takes place in January, had been rescheduled for September 9, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Kim said at the time: ‘The NTAs will return to The O2 London in September to mark the UK’s best, boldest and most beloved TV shows with a surprise-packed event – and we look forward to seeing you on the night for a celebration like no other.’
NATIONAL TELEVISION AWARDS 2021: THE WINNERS
Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins
WINNER: The Great British Bake Off
The Great British Sewing Bee
WINNER: It’s A Sin
Britain’s Got Talent
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK
WINNER: Strictly Come Dancing
The Masked Singer
Tasty! Bake Off won the Challenge Show prize
WINNER: Kate Garraway: Finding Derek
Katie Price: Harvey and Me
Marcus Rashford: Feeding Britain’s Children
Rob Burrow: My Year With MND
Roman Kemp: Our Silent Emergency
Touching: The Authored Documentary winner was Kate Garraway: Finding Derek
Call the Midwife
WINNER: Line of Duty
WINNER: Ant and Dec
Caroline Flack: Her Life and Death
Gordon, Gino and Fred: American Road Trip
Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs
Adrian Dunbar, Ted Hastings, Line of Duty
WINNER: David Tennant, Dennis Nilsen, Des
Martin Compston, Steve Arnott, Line of Duty
Olly Alexander, Ritchie Tozer, It’s A Sin
Vicky McClure, Kate Fleming, Line of Duty
The Bruce Forsyth Entertainment Award
Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway
WINNER: I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!
The Graham Norton Show
You lose some, you win some! Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway was up for a prize, but the duo’s other show, I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! scooped the gong
WINNER: Coronation Street
Serial Drama Performance
Billy Price, Sid Sumner, Hollyoaks
Danny Dyer, Mick Carter, EastEnders
WINNER: Mollie Gallagher, Nina Lucas, Coronation Street
Sally Carman, Abi Franklin, Coronation Street
Quiz Game Show
WINNER: Beat The Chasers
In For A Penny
Michael McIntyre’s The Wheel
Emile John, Ethan Anderson, Emmerdale
WINNER: Jude Riordan, Sam Blakeman, Coronation Street
Olivia D’Lima, Paramedic Fenisha Khatri, Casualty
Rhiannon Clements, Summer Ranger, Hollyoaks
Rose Ayling-Ellis, Frankie Lewis, EastEnders
Winner! Mollie Gallagher, who plays Nina Lucas in Coronation Street, bagged herself a gong
The Repair Shop
WINNER: This Morning
WINNER: After Life
Friday Night Dinner
The Vicar of Dibley