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Thursday 2 October 2014

Christine Bleakley loses out to Strictly Come Dancing at TV awards

Christine Bleakley with Coronation Street's Julie Hesmondhalgh
Christine Bleakley with Coronation Street's Julie Hesmondhalgh

Christine Bleakley looked a million dollars as she trod the red carpet with her Chelsea midfielder fiance, Frank Lampard, at the National Television Awards last night.

The Dancing On Ice host was up against Strictly Come Dancing, The X Factor, Britain's Got Talent and The Voice for best talent show.

But the Newtownards native lost out to big dancing rival Strictly for the second year running.

Meanwhile, Belfast-born broadcaster, Eamonn Holmes, and wife, Ruth Langsford, were celebrating with the award for Best Daytime show at the O2 Arena, London.

It was the second year in a row that the popular celebrity couple have picked up the award.

And Ant and Dec – who were in Belfast at the weekend for the first Britain's Got Talent auditions – won the award for entertainment presenter for the 13th year in a row.

Accepting the award, Dec said: "It was particularly nerve-wracking tonight because it's 13. It still means such a huge amount to us.

"We'll keep coming as long as you keep voting".

The Geordie duo also scooped the landmark award.

Bawdy Irish 'mammy' Brendan Carroll could afford a good old laugh at his critics after Mrs Brown's Boys won the best comedy.

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