Britain’s Got Talent judge Amanda Holden and Boyzone star Ronan Keating talk about hosting a new musical tribute to The Carpenters

So, we know Amanda’s favourite Carpenters’ song, what’s yours, Ronan?
“Close to You is beautiful and probably the one everyone would say first. Apparently, there have been over 100 different versions recorded. But I love the song I’m singing, I Won’t Last A Day Without You, because it’s a lovely idea. I picked it myself after listening to The Carpenters’ songs again on iTunes.”

So you’re both big fans of The Carpenters?
Amanda: “I’ve been a fan since I was little. We used to divide the lounge in half and my sister and I would dance to their songs.”
Ronan: “Anyone who’s involved in the industry has a song or a memory of The Carpenters. Their songs are legendary, and still hold up today.”

So just what is it about the songs that make them so timeless?
Amanda: “It’s almost the same reason that I like country music in that there’s a story to the songs. And – I don’t want to sound like a granny! – but the words are very clear and you can hear what they’re singing!”
Ronan: “The melodies are incredible and some are very complex. As a singer I’ve never known a melody like the one in my song; there’s every note in the book in it!”

What acts are you most looking forward to?
Ronan: “The Feeling for both us, and Dionne Warwick, who’s just a legend!”
Amanda: “And I’m excited and intrigued by a duet between Jamie Cullum and Girls Aloud’s Kimberley Walsh.”

You seem to get on well, considering you only met properly yesterday!
Amanda: “Ronan’s lovely and it’s been nice to get to know him. We could be the next Ant & Dec, what do you think?”
Ronan: “Yeah! Already I’m always on the left and Amanda’s always on the right!”

Celebrating the Carpenters is on Wednesday November 18 at 7.30pm on ITV1.