Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly had their "undeniable bond" put to the test on tonight's Britain's Got Talent.
The Geordie duo were invited up on stage by a masked magician to test whether they had telepathic powers.
The judges were stunned and even hailed them as "twins" as they proved they were "truly connected".
But 'anxious' Ant gave a subtle gesture that could have indicated his real emotions during the performance.
Here, body language expert Judi James reveals how Ant and Dec were really feeling up on stage.
Given the year or so of worry and career angst he’s put Dec through, the last thing Ant might have wanted was to get involved in an act where it was threatened he might be reading his stage partner’s mind.
The duo’s synchronicity and postural echo appeared to be back on track this week though, as they either larked around mimicking Gonzo’s risqué hand gesture with a tambourine (You did have to be there) or did their own ventriloquist act with Dec as the dummy after the real vent act bombed.
Ant had also begun using his signature tie-sign glances direct to camera that shows he’s back sharing his thoughts and having some fun direct with the audience at home and he just about got through one sticky moment when he said the masked magician could be anyone when the mask comes off, adding to Dec that ‘It could be your wife’, clearly trusting that the very obvious banter-ish reply of ‘It could be yours ’ wouldn’t come out to bite him on the bum.
When the same masked magician referred to Ant and Dec’s ‘undeniable bond’ and asked them out on stage to be the stooges in his/her mindreading act though, the mood changed to something vastly more emotional.
Ant’s trait of being less tactile in all the back-stage hugs, backing away subtly while Dec was still allowing Susan Boyle and friends and families to cling affectionately suggests he’s still rather emotionally guarded, which could either be a sign that he might prefer to avoid any moments that might tap into his deeper feelings or that he’s been left a bit more cynical than before.
Sitting either side of the act, waiting to (apparently) link his brain to Dec while the world watched did appear to give him a couple of moments of what looked like genuine anxiety though.
Dec looked openly wary as they were called out on stage but Ant’s showboating and his mock alpha splay did suggest levels of mock bravado rather than real confidence. He also performed a denial gesture in the shape of a mouth slew that showed an extra touch of wariness.
The point of the act was to show the two men had developed the kind of bond that identical twins are often claimed to have, ie sharing experiences and feelings even when they are apart.
The duo did sit in mirrored poses with their hands clasped in the fig-leaf pose, although Ant’s leg splay was considerably wider than Dec’s. When they were asked to close their eyes, which is an act that requires trust, it was Ant that peeked before finally closing his.
The ‘shared touch’ and the identical drawings were good stage magic although I doubt Ant went home that night feeling every touch that Dec received, or that they did identical things in their separate houses, so the proof that they were ‘truly connected’ in this way was obviously a bit tongue in cheek.
It caused the pair to hug on the way out thought, even though they weren’t supposed to have known what actually did happen while they were out on stage with their eyes shut.
A few seconds later the ‘power-shake’ we were shown between the two involved a body language mock battle that hinted at – as well as the alleged ‘undeniable bond’ – a playful form of rivalry or competitiveness also exists between them.
*Britain's Got Talent airs Saturdays on ITV at 8pm
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