Congrats to Wenhan Yang and Jiwen Jiao for their latest publication in Chin. J. Org. Chem. A direct deoxygenative silylation of amides with silylboronate reagents is developed in the presence of SmI2/Mg. The addition of Xantphos ligand can improve the reaction efficiency, probably due to the effect of the reactivity of samarium species by the coordination with Xantphos.