Amanda Holden celebrates her 50th birthday
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The Britain’s Got Talent judge returns to screens tonight in the ITV genealogy show Ant & Dec’s DNA Journey. Holden rose to fame as an actress on the drama Wild At Heart before transitioning to TV presenting. The 50-year-old unveiled her thoughts about Brexit and her hopes that the nation recovers its reputation.
Holden felt Britain’s Got Talent was a perfect example of the UK’s “tolerance” and “welcoming” attitude to people from outside the country.
She believed it was best shown through the nation’s support of “international acts” that appeared on the talent contest.
In 2013, Holden tweeted “Welcome Europe!” after seeing a performance from the Hungarian shadow theatre group Attraction.
The dancers rose to fame a year earlier when they performed as part of the London 2012 Olympics and then beat Jack Carroll to win Britain’s Got Talent.
Holden thought Britons didn’t “take ourselves too seriously” and were used to making light of “our darkest moments”.
She said: “We’re about… laughing if we fall over, getting back up [and] welcoming international acts.”
Holden was concerned about the way the UK was perceived by the world after the EU referendum in 2016.
The vote saw 52 percent of the public cast their ballot for Brexit and turnout at an all-time high of 72 percent, around 46.5 million people.
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In 2019, Holden told the Metro: “We’ve been painted in a bad light recently.”
She argued “whichever way you voted in the referendum” the UK remained an open and kind place.
Holden continued: “I strongly believe we are a warm, very tolerant country, we’re fun and we are stoic and strong.”
She believed the negative perception of the UK was not representative of the nation and felt Britain’s Got Talent “showcased” that.
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Holden said: “Doing a champions’ series is brilliant as it is a way of uniting the entire world.
“Because we have people from all over the globe coming to compete and we’re welcoming them onto our stage in the heart of the capital.”
In April 2019, Holden referenced the former British Prime Minister Theresa May’s attempts to pass her Brexit deal.
She vented that the UK was in “a s***ty, terrible, patronising state of affairs”, one month before Mrs May announced her resignation.
Holden believed the nation was “crying out for a bit of levity” and argued Britain’s Got Talent had “all the ingredients”.
She told The Sun: “So I think, give the country what they actually want… loads of fun, frolics and outrageous stuff.”
Holden “predicted” the show was “absolutely going to fly again”.
On Britain’s Got Talent that weekend Ant & Dec held-up a “newspaper with a negative headline” in a glum scene before they launched into a “Wizard Of Oz” style number.
Amanda Holden twirls in stylish floral dress and heels
Holden believed the show had “the best sense of humour” and it was what “everybody needed”.
In a snub to Parliament’s Brexit discussions, she added: “Especially after what people are doing in Westminster, which is driving me nuts.
“We always deliver what we say we’re going to deliver, unlike them.”
In another sleight, Holden added: “We give the British public what they want!”
In what could have been a veiled attack on Mrs May’s Brexit deal, she said the show didn’t “patronise” the public.
Holden continued: “We don’t… think, ‘Oh, we’re going to change it all because… we’re not going to listen to what people want.’”
She believed the country’s ability to “punch through to the light with a bit of humour… even in our darkest moments” made the nation “great”.
Holden added: “We can find the funny side of anything.”
Amanda Holden and Alan Carr star on Ant & Dec’s DNA Journey, which airs at 9pm tonight on ITV.
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