'Saturday Night Takeaway' viewers thrilled by Ant and Dec's drag queen makeover

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Ant and Dec became Lady Antoinette and Miss Donna Lee for the first 'Saturday Night Takeaway' finale of the series. (ITV)
Ant and Dec became Lady Antoinette and Miss Donna Lee for the first 'Saturday Night Takeaway' finale of the series. (ITV)

Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway returned to TV screens last night and wowed viewers with an all-singing, all-dancing finale in which the presenters were transformed into drag queens.

The Geordie duo took to the stage for the "End of the Show Show" as drag alter egos Lady Antoinette and Miss Donna Lee.

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They performed a choreographed song and dance routine alongside RuPaul's Drag Race UK winners The Vivienne, Lawrence Chaney and Krystal Versace.

The original track We Werk Together has been made available to buy and stream, with proceeds from the song set to be donated to foodbank charity the Trussell Trust.

Ant and Dec were joined by 'Drag Race UK' winners Krystal Versace, Lawrence Chaney and The Vivienne to perform 'We Werk Together'. (ITV)
Ant and Dec were joined by 'Drag Race UK' winners Krystal Versace, Lawrence Chaney and The Vivienne to perform 'We Werk Together'. (ITV)

Viewers were full of praise for the performance and thanked the beloved presenters for helping to bring the "queer artistry" of drag to a mainstream Saturday night audience.

TV journalist Scott Bryan wrote on Twitter: "If you told my younger gay self that Ant & Dec one day perform in drag so good they're basically unrecognisable I wouldn't have believed you."

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Ellis Atlantis, who won reality show Glow Up: Britain's Next Make-Up Star in 2019, revealed they were responsible for helping to transform Dec.

Another viewer said the performance made them feel "proud to be British".

Ant and Dec's drag performance provided a dramatic finale to the show, which marked the first Saturday Night Takeaway with a live audience in almost two years and featured RuPaul as guest announcer.

Other segments included a dramatic "undercover" prank on Jeremy Clarkson's farm, in which the duo posed as protesters agitating for the rights of soil.

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McPartlin confessed on This Morning this week that he and Donnelly had some trepidation about fooling Clarkson, who had been on their "hit list" for years.

He said: "He’s got a temper as we all know, so we were very nervous about it."

Saturday Night Takeaway continues to air weekly on ITV, with Michael Bublé and George Ezra among future celebrity guests confirmed to show up.

Watch: Ant and Dec go undercover on Clarkson's farm in Saturday Night Takeaway stunt

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