Ant McPartlin made an emotional return to screens when he was reduced to tears by a primary school child Britain's Got Talent on Saturday night.
The presenter, who has been absent from TV following a drink-driving conviction last year, cried after a performance by Lancashire's Flakefleet Primary School of children aged between five and 11.
The first episode of the new series of Britain's Got Talent saw McPartlin welcome the children - dressed in an array of costumes including firemen, space rockets, rabbits and dinosaurs - onto the stage to sing Don't Stop Me Now by Queen.
McPartlin fought back tears after a little girl gave him a hug and cried: "I’ve missed you."
He lifted up Emily, 5, and told her: "I missed you too – love you lots."
Viewers commented on the moment:
"I’ve missed you" that comment though 😭 #BritainsGotTalent— Jack (@jacklfeltham) April 6, 2019
Viewers were welcomed back by McPartlin and Donnelly in a skit seeing them jump into a taxi to the London Palladium, with McPartlin quipping: "Right, let's get on with the show."
Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams will also return to judge the variety acts at the London Palladium and The Lowry in Manchester.
FIRST LOOK: Watch the Britain's Got Talent Judges get ROASTED by The Queen! Her majesty has definitely gone off script with her speech this year...— Britain's Got Talent (@BGT) April 6, 2019
See more from this HILARIOUS audition by watching Britain's Got Talent TONIGHT, 6th April from 7:15pm on @ITV or @WeAreSTV pic.twitter.com/bb4ceAPAzR
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Britain's Got Talent kicks will be back on screens on Virgin Media One at 9.30pm and ITV at 7.15pm next Saturday.