Britain’s Got Talent: Amanda Holden makes stunning return to the panel

She's back! Amanda Holden made her return to Britain's Got Talent at the weekend
She's back! Amanda Holden made her return to Britain's Got Talent at the weekend©Stuart Nichol/Rex Features

Britain’s Got Talent judge Amanda Holden made a triumphant return to the panel on Saturday, looking trim, healthy and happy.

The 40-year-old actress nearly died after suffering complications during the birth of her second child in late January.

But Amanda proved she’s a fighter, making a stunning return to the auditions at the Edinburgh Festival Theatre at the weekend.

Wearing an orange sleeveless chiffon blouse, a black skirt and massive skyscraper black heels, and with her blonde cropped locks left free-flowing, the mum-of-two drew admiring glances as she made her way inside the venue.

She was met with huge applause from the crowds who had queued up on the street to see the star make her return, as well as from her fellow judges – Simon Cowell, David Walliams and Alesha Dixon.

The judges and the hosts Ant and Dec also surprised Amanda with cute presents for newborn Hollie Rose Hughes, her second daughter with husband Chris Hughes.

Cowell is quoted in the Sunday Mail saying: “We have all missed her but she’s back at last – the wonderful, the adorable Amanda Holden.”

Carmen Electra had been standing in for Amanda at the previous set of three auditions last week, but audience members clearly wanted to see actress Amanda back on the judging panel, shouting her name during auditions.

Amanda had told bosses not to replace her as she would be back in time for the Scottish auditions, which moved to Edinburgh rather than Glasgow for the first time.

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