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National Television Awards 2021: The stars give an insight into their NTA prep

The National Television Awards are one of the most prestigious dates in the UK showbusiness calendar. 

So naturally the great and good of the TV world were out to look fabulous on Thursday evening, as stars including Michelle Heaton, Maya Jama, Holly Willoughby, Lizzie Cundy, Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford took to Instagram to document their getting ready process throughout the afternoon. 

Holly, 40, was leading the way as she revealed she was having her make-up from This Morning removed and freshened up while Maya, 27, was flanked by her coiffing glam squad ahead of the big night. 

The 2021 National Television Awards are taking place in London‘s O2 Arena, and will be hosted by comedian Joel Dommett for the first time, with the stars landing in force later in the night. 

Maya was turning the camera on to her glam squad as she got ready in a swanky location while having her hair coiffed and blowdryed and dancing to music. 

Holly was fresh off the This Morning set as she sat in a dressing room waiting to have her daytime TV make-up swapped for a dazzling new look – while also plugging her book in the interim.  

In a selfie video, she said: ‘I am waiting for the girls to get set up next door. I need to sort out my face, this is all melting off from This Morning, so I’m gonna have it all taken off and freshened up. So while I sort myself out I’ve just been sent the print out of my book!’

In her own candid post, Michelle, 41, shared a teasing image of the back of her gown alongside an emotional caption which chronicled her recent recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. 

Earlier: Holly revealed her daytime TV face was 'melting off' so was headed to the make-up chair to freshen up

Fresh: Holly was fresh off the This Morning set as she sat in a dressing room waiting to have her daytime TV make-up swapped for a dazzling new look – while also plugging her book in the interim

What a transformation! Holly later showed off her finished look, looking stunning in a plunging, off-the-shoulder blue sequinned gown

What a transformation! Holly later showed off her finished look, looking stunning in a plunging, off-the-shoulder blue sequinned gown

Yay! Ruth meanwhile filmed herself from the make-up chair, where she was beaming with her hair in rollers

Yay! Ruth meanwhile filmed herself from the make-up chair, where she was beaming with her hair in rollers

Wow! In her own candid post, Michelle, 41, shared a teasing image of the back of her gown alongside an emotional caption which chronicled her recent recovery from drug and alcohol addiction

Wow! In her own candid post, Michelle, 41, shared a teasing image of the back of her gown alongside an emotional caption which chronicled her recent recovery from drug and alcohol addiction

Honest: Taking to social media at her dress fitting, Michelle admitted she was feeling 'anxious and nervous,' about the upcoming awards ceremony, but insisted she wouldn't turn to drink

Honest: Taking to social media at her dress fitting, Michelle admitted she was feeling ‘anxious and nervous,’ about the upcoming awards ceremony, but insisted she wouldn’t turn to drink

She penned: ‘Tonight is our first red carpet event together in a very long time. I’m really nervous and full of anxiety – I would drink on those emotions. But today I am not. Today I am 134 days clean and sober and I will be with my husband, my best friend and my rock @hughhanley who gives me so much strength…

‘I’m so proud to be at the #ntas with @ok_mag flying the flag for those in recovery. For anyone who needs help with addiction, I can’t give medical advice, but I’d advise you to ask for help as it’s out there…

‘I am eternally grateful that I did. https://www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk is free if your problems is alcohol. If it’s something else you can find your support group on line or here https://www.nhs.uk…

”Now, the dress! @piamichi who’s dressed me every year and is one of our best friends has at last minute came to my plea lol See which one I choose later but for now .. This is my back’.  

Slick: Eamonn Holmes shared a slick snap showing him in a tuxedo alongside the caption: 'Suited and booted for the National Television Awards tonight. @officialntas #NTAs #NTAs2021 #Suit'

Slick: Eamonn Holmes shared a slick snap showing him in a tuxedo alongside the caption: ‘Suited and booted for the National Television Awards tonight. @officialntas #NTAs #NTAs2021 #Suit’

Check you two out! Eamonn and Ruth looked sensational once they were in their finery, in a stunning snap

Check you two out! Eamonn and Ruth looked sensational once they were in their finery, in a stunning snap 

Thank you! Ruth also thanked her glam squad for their assistance in getting her red carpet ready

Thank you! Ruth also thanked her glam squad for their assistance in getting her red carpet ready 

Husband and wife presenters Eamonn Holmes and Ruth were posting respective insights, with the former  sharing a slick snap showing him in a tuxedo alongside the caption: ‘Suited and booted for the National Television Awards tonight. @officialntas #NTAs #NTAs2021 #Suit’. 

Ruth meanwhile filmed herself from the make-up chair, where she was beaming with her hair in rollers. 

Loose Women star Charlene White shared an incredible snap showing her in her jaw-dropping green gown – yet urged followers not to look too closely as she had not made it to the nail salon. 

She said: ‘Tonight’s my first ever @officialntas! The fabulous @loosewomen team has been nominated for Best Daytime. Huge thanks to the glam squad for a fun afternoon of playing dress-up (which Alfie found hilarious)…

‘No idea if I’ve got everything, but at this point in proceedings (I’m en route to the o2) who cares. (Oh and ignore the nails. In my long to-do list this week I had zero time for sitting in the nail shop).’ 

Celebrity Big Brother star Luisa Zissman shared a snap in her stunning yellow gown.  

Woah! Lizzie Cundy was seen headed to the event in a dazzling white gown - yet was forced to stop in the rain for petrol

Oops! She was also seen making a bumbling departure from her house

Woah! Lizzie Cundy was seen headed to the event in a dazzling white gown – yet was forced to stop in the rain for petrol 

She's here! Never one to fade into the background, Lizzie made sure her journey was as flamboyant as possible

She’s here! Never one to fade into the background, Lizzie made sure her journey was as flamboyant as possible

Amazing: Loose Women star Charlene White shared an incredible snap showing her in her jaw-dropping green gown - yet urged followers not to look too closely as she had not made it to the nail salon

Amazing: Loose Women star Charlene White shared an incredible snap showing her in her jaw-dropping green gown – yet urged followers not to look too closely as she had not made it to the nail salon

Her name's on the list: Elsewhere, Love Island host Laura Whitmore shared a snap of her invitation as she prepared to head to the star-studded ceremony

Her name’s on the list: Elsewhere, Love Island host Laura Whitmore shared a snap of her invitation as she prepared to head to the star-studded ceremony

What traffic? Laura later opted to hop on the tube to avoid traffic on the way to the show, with the star also giving a look at her stunning metallic gown

Glam arrival: The TV presenter was sure to turn heads as she stepped on the tube in her flowing silver dress

What traffic? Laura later opted to hop on the tube to avoid traffic on the way to the show, with the star also giving a look at her stunning metallic gown

All dressed up: She also showed off the front of the dress, which featured pleating throughout

All dressed up: She also showed off the front of the dress, which featured pleating throughout

Wow: Chloe Ferry dressed to impress for the night, showing off her stunning semi-sheer gown while posing up a storm on social media

Wow: Chloe Ferry dressed to impress for the night, showing off her stunning semi-sheer gown while posing up a storm on social media

Dazzling: The Geordie Shore star's plunging, embellished gown featured sequin and featured detailing, with the daring cut showing off her ample cleavage

Ravishing: Chloe looked amazing as she struck a pose in her room

Dazzling: The Geordie Shore star’s plunging, embellished gown featured sequin and featured detailing, with the daring cut showing off her ample cleavage

Ready for it! Chloe appeared in a great mood as she pulled a number of poses in her dressing room before heading off to the ceremony

Ready for it! Chloe appeared in a great mood as she pulled a number of poses in her dressing room before heading off to the ceremony

Like father, like daughter: EastEnders star Danny Dyer got a kiss from daughter Sunnie, 14, as they prepared to head to the awards

Like father, like daughter: EastEnders star Danny Dyer got a kiss from daughter Sunnie, 14, as they prepared to head to the awards

That's my girl: Danny also posed for a sweet selfie with his little girl as they drove in a car on the way to London's 02 arena

That’s my girl: Danny also posed for a sweet selfie with his little girl as they drove in a car on the way to London’s 02 arena

I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here stars Ruthie Henshall and Victoria Derbyshire both teased their ensembles in stunning shots before heading to the event. 

Elsewhere, Love Island host Laura Whitmore shared a snap of her invitation as she prepared to head to the star-studded ceremony.

Chloe Ferry dressed to impress for the night, showing off her stunning semi-sheer gown while posing up a storm on social media.

The Geordie Shore star’s plunging, embellished gown featured sequin and featured detailing, with the daring cut showing off her ample cleavage. 

Wow: Celebrity Big Brother star Luisa Zissman shared a snap in her stunning yellow gown

Stunning: She looked sensational in the elegant ensemble

Wow: Celebrity Big Brother star Luisa Zissman shared a snap in her stunning yellow gown

Sweet: Davina McCall showed off a glimpse of her sparking champagne gown as she posed with beau Michael Douglas for a sweet Instagram snap, excitedly captioning the post: 'We're going out out!'

Sweet: Davina McCall showed off a glimpse of her sparking champagne gown as she posed with beau Michael Douglas for a sweet Instagram snap, excitedly captioning the post: ‘We’re going out out!’

Stunners: I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here stars Ruthie Henshall and Victoria Derbyshire both teased their ensembles in stunning shots before heading to the event

Wow: Victoria looked stunning in a one-shouldered pink gown

Stunners: I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here stars Ruthie Henshall and Victoria Derbyshire both teased their ensembles in stunning shots before heading to the event

Hot stuff: Frankie Bridge dared to bare as she showed off some serious sideboob in a slinky, black backless gown

Hot stuff: Frankie Bridge dared to bare as she showed off some serious sideboob in a slinky, black backless gown

Work it: The Saturday's star also showed off her glam for the night, posing for a snap which highlighted her sleek make-up, chic hairstyle and killer black manicure

Work it: The Saturday’s star also showed off her glam for the night, posing for a snap which highlighted her sleek make-up, chic hairstyle and killer black manicure

Chloe appeared in a great mood as she pulled a number of poses in her dressing room before heading off to the ceremony. 

Meanwhile, EastEnders star Danny Dyer got a kiss from daughter Sunnie, 14, as they prepared to head towards to awards show. 

The teenager looked lovely in a pink blazer from older sister Dani’s In The Style range and nude trainers as she posed with her Mick Carter actor father ahead of the big night.

Danny also posed for a sweet selfie with his little girl as they drove in a car on the way to London’s 02 arena.  

Brave appearance: Meanwhile, Katie Price took to Instagram to show off her invitation as she prepared to make her first red carpet appearance since being attacked last month

Brave appearance: Meanwhile, Katie Price took to Instagram to show off her invitation as she prepared to make her first red carpet appearance since being attacked last month

Orange you stunning? Emily Atack pulled out all the stops as she slipped into a velvet orange dress as she posed for the camera ahead of the ceremony.

Orange you stunning? Emily Atack pulled out all the stops as she slipped into a velvet orange dress as she posed for the camera ahead of the ceremony. 

Work in progress: She also shared a snap to her stories of her locks pinned up before being transformed into chic Hollywood waves

Work in progress: She also shared a snap to her stories of her locks pinned up before being transformed into chic Hollywood waves

Getting glam: Love Island's Lucina Strafford looked ultra glam while getting ready for the ceremony

Feeling fruity: Fellow islander Chloe Burrows sported a watermelon face mask and sipped on fizz while getting ready

Getting glam: Love Island’s Lucina Strafford looked ultra glam while getting ready for the ceremony, while fellow islander Chloe Burrows sported a watermelon face mask and sipped on fizz while getting ready

Cute couple: She later shared a glimpse of her finished look as she and dapper boyfriend Toby Aromolaran sat in the back of a car

Cute couple: She later shared a glimpse of her finished look as she and dapper boyfriend Toby Aromolaran sat in the back of a car

Stunner: Kaz Kamwi also took to Instagram to share a clip of her getting ready as she told her fans she'd be attending with beau Tyler Cruickshank

Stunner: Kaz Kamwi also took to Instagram to share a clip of her getting ready as she told her fans she’d be attending with beau Tyler Cruickshank

Davina McCall showed off a glimpse of her sparking champagne gown as she posed with beau Michael Douglas for a sweet Instagram snap, excitedly captioning the post: ‘We’re going out out!’ 

While Frankie Bridge dared to bare as she showed off some serious sideboob in a slinky, black backless gown. 

The Saturday’s star also showed off her glam for the night, posing for a snap which highlighted her sleek make-up, chic hairstyle and killer black manicure. 

Meanwhile, Katie Price took to Instagram to show off her invitation as she prepared to make her first red carpet appearance since being attacked last month.

The TV personality will be joined on the carpet by son Harvey and sister Sophie, who recently gave birth to her first child. 

Ooh I say: Love Island's Shaughna Phillips flashed her ample cleavage in a plunging silver gown while posing in the car

Ooh I say: Love Island’s Shaughna Phillips flashed her ample cleavage in a plunging silver gown while posing in the car

A bit of all white: Ferne McCann cut an angelic figure in a floaty white dress as she posed for stylish snaps ahead of the awards bash

Poser: The former TOWIE star showed off plenty of leg as she posed in the gown featuring a daring split

A bit of all white: Ferne McCann cut an angelic figure in a floaty white dress as she posed for stylish snaps ahead of the awards bash

Lovely: The beauty looked radiant in the corseted gown, with Ferne adding a pop of colour with a bold red lip

Lovely: The beauty looked radiant in the corseted gown, with Ferne adding a pop of colour with a bold red lip

Look who it is! Love Island winners Millie Court and Liam Reardon meanwhile put on a very loved-up display as they posed for snaps before heading to the 02

Look who it is! Love Island winners Millie Court and Liam Reardon meanwhile put on a very loved-up display as they posed for snaps before heading to the 02

Emily Atack pulled out all the stops as she slipped into a velvet orange dress as she posed for the camera ahead of the ceremony.  

Love Island’s Lucina Strafford looked ultra glam while getting ready for the ceremony, while fellow islander Chloe Burrows sported a watermelon face mask and sipped on fizz while getting ready. 

Kaz Kamwi also took to Instagram to share a clip of her getting ready as she told her fans she’d be attending with beau Tyler Cruickshank, as Shaughna Phillips flashed her ample cleavage in a plunging silver gown while posing in the car.

Couple goals: Millie looked simply gorgeous in a sparkly, emerald green halterneck gown, while her Welsh beau looked dapper in a black tux

Couple goals: Millie looked simply gorgeous in a sparkly, emerald green halterneck gown, while her Welsh beau looked dapper in a black tux

Besotted: The couple could barely keep their hands off each other as they kissed and canoodled for the camera ahead of making on of their first big red carpet appearances since winning the ITV2 show last month

Besotted: The couple could barely keep their hands off each other as they kissed and canoodled for the camera ahead of making on of their first big red carpet appearances since winning the ITV2 show last month

Let's go: The Love Island champions held hands as they made their way down the street

Let’s go: The Love Island champions held hands as they made their way down the street

Elsewhere, Ferne McCann cut an angelic figure in a floaty white dress as she posed for stylish snaps ahead of the awards bash. 

Love Island winners Millie Court and Liam Reardon meanwhile put on a very loved-up display as they posed for snaps before heading to the 02.

Millie looked simply gorgeous in a sparkly, emerald green halterneck gown, while her Welsh beau looked dapper in a black tux.

The couple could barely keep their hands off each other as they kissed and canoodled for the camera ahead of making on of their first big red carpet appearances since winning the ITV2 show last month. 

New host Joel recently admitted he is ‘honoured’ to have been selected to front the spectacle. He said in a statement: ‘It’s a huge honour to be hosting the NTAs this year! It still feels like someone has made a wonderful error. I really, really love TV and can’t wait to celebrate the best stuff from what’s been a very weird year or so.’

The comedian also joked he is hoping The Masked Singer will be successful on the night so he can present himself with a prize. He quipped: ‘I’m also really hoping The Masked Singer wins something so I can present an award to myself. That’s a creative narcissist’s dream.’

NTA’s Executive Producer Kim Turberville added: ‘We are so excited to be back to celebrate a remarkable TV year like no other. There is a wealth of great television to recognise and we are delighted to have Joel at the helm. 

‘With his wit and natural charisma, he’ll definitely be bringing a fresh approach to this year’s awards.’

Earlier this year, it was announced the NTAs, which usually takes place in January, had been rescheduled for September 9, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Kim said at the time: ‘The NTAs will return to The O2 London in September to mark the UK’s best, boldest and most beloved TV shows with a surprise-packed event – and we look forward to seeing you on the night for a celebration like no other.’

NATIONAL TELEVISION AWARDS 2021: THE NOMINEES

Challenge Show 

Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins

Love Island

The Great British Bake Off

The Great British Sewing Bee

New Drama

Bridgerton

Des

It’s A Sin

Normal People

Talent Show

Britain’s Got Talent

RuPaul’s Drag Race UK

Strictly Come Dancing

The Masked Singer

In the race? The Masked Singer faces stiff competition in the Talent Show category

In the race? The Masked Singer faces stiff competition in the Talent Show category

Authored Documentary

Kate Garraway: Finding Derek

Katie Price: Harvey and Me

Marcus Rashford: Feeding Britain’s Children

Rob Burrow: My Year With MND

Roman Kemp: Our Silent Emergency

Duo: Katie Price: Harvey and Me is up for best Authored Documentary

Duo: Katie Price: Harvey and Me is up for best Authored Documentary

Returning Drama

Call the Midwife

Line of Duty

The Crown

Unforgotten

TV Presenter

Alison Hammond

Ant and Dec

Bradley Walsh

Holly Willoughby

Piers Morgan

Factual

Caroline Flack: Her Life and Death

Gogglebox

Gordon, Gino and Fred: American Road Trip

Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs

Drama Performance

Adrian Dunbar, Ted Hastings, Line of Duty

David Tennant, Dennis Nilsen, Des

Martin Compston, Steve Arnott, Line of Duty

Olly Alexander, Ritchie Tozer, It’s A Sin

Vicky McClure, Kate Fleming, Line of Duty

 

The Bruce Forsyth Entertainment Award

Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway

I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!

Taskmaster

The Graham Norton Show

Could they win? Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway is up for a prize

Could they win? Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway is up for a prize

Serial Drama

Coronation Street

EastEnders

Emmerdale

Hollyoaks

Serial Drama Performance

Billy Price, Sid Sumner, Hollyoaks

Danny Dyer, Mick Carter, EastEnders

Mollie Gallagher, Nina Lucas, Coronation Street

Sally Carman, Abi Franklin, Coronation Street

Quiz Game Show

Beat the Chasers

Celebrity Catchphrase

In For A Penny

Michael McIntyre’s The Wheel

Newcomer

Emile John, Ethan Anderson, Emmerdale

Jude Riordan, Sam Blakeman, Coronation Street

Olivia D’Lima, Paramedic Fenisha Khatri, Casualty

Rhiannon Clements, Summer Ranger, Hollyoaks

Rose Ayling-Ellis, Frankie Lewis, EastEnders

Good job: EastEnders star Rose Ayling-Ellis could bag the Newcomer gong

Good job: EastEnders star Rose Ayling-Ellis could bag the Newcomer gong

Daytime

Loose Women

The Chase

The Repair Shop

This Morning

Comedy

After Life

Friday Night Dinner

Sex Education

The Vicar of Dibley

 

 

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