Amanda Holden reveals how she got Britain’s Got Talent job

Posted on Oct 12 2013 - 8:39am by Anne Smith

Amanda Holden has spoken out about how exactly she got the job as a judge on hit ITV series Britain’s Got Talent. The variety show, which will return to ITV in 2014, saw Holden apparently reeled in as a last-minute replacement for someone else, who dropped out at the last moment.

Speaking at the Cheltenham Literature Festival, she recalled:

“Historically, someone dropped out. I was told it was all kinds of people. My favourite one is Cheryl Cole, I like to think it was Cheryl. Thank you Cheryl.

Amanda Holden is on Britain's Got Talent (ITV)

Amanda Holden is on Britain’s Got Talent (ITV)

“My manager said, ‘This really interesting call’s come in – it’s Simon Cowell’, and I literally went ‘Yes’. ‘You don’t know what it is?’ ‘Just yes, yes’.”

She also said that her ill-fated marriage to Les Dennis helped inform her decision to sign up for the very first series.

“I was pulled in at the last minute to go and be a judge on this show – it was a bit like Opportunity Knocks and, of course, being married to Les all those years I was really very aware of variety and those kind of shows and passionately interested in all of that and a firm believer that variety belongs on television,” she said.

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