If We're Half as Good as Ant and Dec, Then We'll Be Happy; Rickie Haywood-Williams and Melvin Odoom May Have Just Landed a Prime-Time Slot on ITV - - but the Gig Won't Go to Their Heads. the DJ Duo Tell GEMMA DUNN of Their 'Guy-Next-Door' Appeal - - and Why Radio Will Never Die

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If We're Half as Good as Ant and Dec, Then We'll Be Happy; Rickie Haywood-Williams and Melvin Odoom May Have Just Landed a Prime-Time Slot on ITV - - but the Gig Won't Go to Their Heads. the DJ Duo Tell GEMMA DUNN of Their 'Guy-Next-Door' Appeal - - and Why Radio Will Never Die


SINCE meeting at university, Rickie Haywood-Williams and Melvin Odoom have shared success in numerous presenting roles - including their most high-profile gig to date, as two-thirds of KISS FM's Breakfast dream team.

Now, however, the London-born duo, both 35, are set to share screen time, too. And not just any screen time, but peak-slot, Saturday night, brand spanking new game show screen time, as hosts of ITV's highoctane offering, Bang On The Money. On meeting the pair to find out more, there's no formal handshake.

It's straight in with a warm hug and questions - and it's them doing the asking: "Where are you from?" Melvin quickly quizzes me.

"Is this an interview where it feels like it's flipped on you? Surprise!" It's immediately clear why this infectious pairing works, and why they've landed themselves that prestigious Saturday night TV slot.

Curious to know what's in store? Rickie and Melvin spill the beans ...

IT'S SHOW TIME YOU may fancy yourself as a bit of a maverick when it comes to game show wins, but Bang On The Money is all about the teamwork - and soon-to-be-infamous boxes - according to the excitable duo.

"Essentially, the show brings two teams of friends together to go head to head in a series of challenges," explains Melvin.

"But the stars of the show are the boxes."

"Each number could amount to thousands of pounds if you get through to the final," Rickie adds, hinting at the boxes' importance.

"Ultimately, you're trying to beat the other team."

NAME OF THE GAME STEELY contestants with a steady hand are a must, but the pair insist the beauty of the show is that anyone can play the games. And they should know - they've tested them out!

Double Ant Of the format, Melvin says: "When you get to the fourth and final round, it's all or nothing, but you don't have to be Einstein or an athlete to play. Some (challenges) physical, some are memory, and some are based on celebrity."

Rickie elaborates: "One of the games is called 'Coin It In', and it was literally born because one of the producers dropped her purse on the floor and was trying to pick up all of the coins before her baby put them in her mouth.

"So, one of the games is literally picking coins up off of a desk!" HAVE-A-GO HEROES LIKE all good game shows, expect twists, turns and, in the name of fun, the presenters are even pitted against one another.

act ...

Taking part in a series of challenges, contestants will and Dec need to back either host, with the winning team put in control of selecting the boxes and target numbers for the next game.

"There's everything from us running 100 metres dressed in chicken outfits and (as) Sumo wrestlers, to hitting the streets trying to get free food for people," reveals Melvin, laughing again.

"Our mums are even in the show, so it's a lot of fun, and the videos are our vehicle to express and show our personalities a bit more, which is a good thing for us," adds Rickie. …

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