Olly Murs to replace Tom Jones on Ant and Dec’s SNT finale amid coronavirus fear

Ant and Dec have confirmed Olly Murs will replace Sir Tom Jones on this year's Saturday Night Takeaway finale.

The show has already seen several shake-ups as result of the coronavirus crisis, from the axing of the live audience to the cancellation of the Disney World trip.

Tom Jones had been due to perform during the final but hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly revealed Tom's The Voice co-star would be taking his place instead.

Chatting on This Morning, the duo said: "We have a huge end of the show.

"Olly Murs is coming down, he's going to perform with us and he's going to sing Dance With Me Tonight."

Ant and Dec also invited fans to film themselves dancing in tune to Olly's music, in a bid to make up for the absence of a live studio audience.

They said: "Just because you're in self-isolation we want you dancing, if you film yourself for a minute, in landscape, you can send us your videos and you will be on the screen at the end of the show show tomorrow night."

Earlier in the week, show bosses confirmed they were axing the live studio audience, in an effort to keep the cast and crew safe during the outbreak.

The ITV statement read: "Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway will go ahead this weekend without a studio audience.

"Our priority is safeguarding the well-being of everyone involved."

They added: "The show will be made with a reduced production crew and in accordance with the latest guidance from Public Health England.

"The team are looking forward to bringing our viewers a brilliant show on Saturday evening."

Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway will air Saturday at 7pm on ITV

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