We’re about due for a nineties revival in Britain, so it’s fitting that Ant & Dec’s curtains-sporting Byker Grove alter egos PJ & Duncan look set to score their first ever number one single later this week with their 1994 ditty Let’s Get Ready to Rhumble.
The ITV hosts delighted audiences over the weekend when they performed an unexpected rendition of the track on Saturday Night Takeaway, following routines by fellow veterans from the age of Lynx Africa: Five, Atomic Kitten and Blue.
During a spirited performance, the Geordie twosome pulled off all their dance moves and rapped like seasoned pros on Saturday’s edition of the show, which notched up its highest ratings this series with 8.24m viewers.
By Sunday night the track had reached number two on the iTunes downloads chart, and this morning Declan Donnelly took to twitter to express his incredulity about the song’s renewed popularity.
“This is seriously nuts!,” he wrote. “I can’t quite believe #LetsGetReadyToRhumble is a bigger hit 19yrs on, you’re all mad! D x.”
Bookies are currently offering odds of 8/1 that the tune will top the UK singles chart this Sunday, and given the track’s surge in popularity, that’s looking an increasingly likely possibility.
Despite being a well-remembered nineties British pop tunes, Let’s Get Ready to Rhumble only made it to number nine when it was released in 1994. Following that single, Ant & Dec scored a run of chart hits between 1994 and 2002.
Watch a video of the pair rehearsing the song, in which they perhaps prematurely state that they’re reviving PJ & Duncan “for one night only,” below: