IT’S one of the biggest nights in the showbiz calendar – and the stars have pulled out all the fashion stops for tonight’s National Television Awards.
But before they hit the red carpet, the stars put themselves through hours of pampering, bringing in the glam squad to sort hair and makeup.
Emily Atack showed off her camera-worthy pout as she had her golden tresses tamed into Hollywood waves.
Meanwhile Love Island’s Liberty Poole looked set to turn heads thanks to her sleek smoky eye, the work of make-up artist Melissa Sophia.
And Chloe Burrows got the party started early – sipping on champagne while she indulged in a watermelon face mask ahead of the awards.
Holly Willoughby looked relaxed and casual as she prepared to swap her jeans and t-shirt for what’s sure to be a seriously elegant ensemble.
Chloe Ferry did not disappoint, putting in her usual effort into her full face of makeup.
A telly insider said: “The NTAs produce surprises year in, year out. Just when you think a show or a TV star is a shoo-in, the voters deliver a shock.
This year sees Ant and Dec nominated for the National Television Awards’ TV Presenter gong for the 20th year in a row, but it remains to be seen whether the duo will take home the crown.
Three of their shows are up for silverware too: Saturday Night Takeaway, I’m A Celebrity and Britain’s Got Talent, which they front alongside judge Alesha Dixon.
Also in the running for accolades are This Morning’s Holly Willoughby and Alison Hammond, though co-host Phillip Schofield misses out.
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Piers Morgan is shortlisted despite storming off Good Morning Britain in an on-air row over Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s sensational interview with Oprah Winfrey.
“Changing viewing habits throw a few curveballs into the nominations too. Some of the biggest shows in the running are coming from Netflix.”
Joel Dommett will make his debut hosting the bash at London’s O2 Arena on September 9.
From 2010 to 2019 Dermot O’Leary presented the awards — which are decided by the public — before David Walliams took the reins last year. ITV’s Saturday-night smash The Masked Singer, which Joel presents, is nominated for Talent Show.
BBC1 cop thriller Line Of Duty is up for a Drama award in the wake of its explosive sixth season. Stars Vicky McClure, Martin Compston and Adrian Dunbar will go head to head for the Drama Performance gong.
Netflix period bonkbuster Bridgerton is in the running for New Drama while The Crown, off the back of its fifth season, is nominated for Returning Drama.
The streaming giant has two of the four Comedy nominees, with Sex Education and Ricky Gervais’s After Life.
A surprise New Drama nomination comes for It’s A Sin, Channel 4’s examination of the emerging Aids crisis in the Eighties. Its star Olly Alexander, the musician who performs as Years & Years, is up for Drama Performance.
He takes on telly heavyweight David Tennant for his turn as serial killer Dennis Nilsen in ITV’s Des.
Bosses added two new awards this year. The Authored Documentary category includes nominations for former model Katie Price, for Harvey And Me, and campaigning England footballer Marcus Rashford for Feeding Britain’s Children.
The shortlist for Quiz Game Show includes Michael McIntyre’s The Wheel and Beat The Chasers.
Its host Bradley Walsh is up for TV Presenter.
Now viewers who whittled down the longlist can vote to decide which shows and their stars are worthy of bagging an award.
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