The Britain’s Got Talent judges – apart from Simon Cowell – always bring their A-game when it comes to dressing up for live TV, but apparently Amanda Holden’s dresses have been showing off more than viewers are happy with.
Every night this week, Simon, Amanda, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams have watched and commented on the hopeful contestants who managed to make it through to the live BGT shows.
I’d have imagined one of the most talked-about moments was when the ever-grumpy Simon stormed off stage after being asked to take part in a ventriloquist act last night, but apparently Amanda’s outfits have been the real fire-starter.
— Amanda Holden (@AmandaHolden) May 29, 2019
On Wednesday night (May 29) the 48-year-old wore a half-transparent Nicolas Jebran gown which had an intricate spider-web design covering one side of her chest, and yesterday she stepped out on stage in a Saiid Kobeisy dress which had a plunging v-shaped neckline.
Let’s do this! #BGT LIVE Semi-Final day 4 💥 Last night was incredible, tonight there are some amazing performers coming to your screen on @ITV!!
Rings: @verifinerings pic.twitter.com/bUMj03H9G6
— Amanda Holden (@AmandaHolden) May 30, 2019
I suspect the judges – again, apart from Simon – have their outfits chosen by an extensive wardrobe crew, but Amanda obviously approved enough of the dresses to wear them. However, some viewers weren’t so impressed.
A few people took to Twitter to make complaints, with some saying her outfits weren’t ‘family tv appropriate’:
Amanda, you know and we know you are a beautiful lady BUT please dress more respectful on a family show 🤦🏻♀️
— Tracie kett (@KettTracie) May 29, 2019
Amanda it's a family show as lovely as your dress is it was not appropriate. I was slightly embarrassed
— emma wilson (@emmawilson617) May 29, 2019
Speaking to The Sun, Amanda defended herself against the complaints and added not everyone was disapproving of her revealing clothes.
My t*ts seem to become the show’s biggest talking point every year.
We’ve had plenty of complaints apparently, but none from home, let me tell you.
The judge went on to say she’d actually made a conscious effort to be more respectful after facing critical comments year after year.
When I wore the spider’s web dress this week I actually wore a nipple cover, and for me that was a first.
I was thinking that it’s a family show and people talk about my boobs every year, so I thought I would wear a nipple cover. I’d now happily put it on eBay.
The last remaining Britain’s Got Talent semi-final will air tonight, so we’ll have to see if Amanda sparks even more complaints this evening. And of course, with the final set to air on Sunday, she might have saved the best – or worst, depending on your view – until last.
Cleavage aside, hopefully viewers will be more preoccupied by some good performances.
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Emily Brown first began delivering important news stories aged just 13, when she launched her career with a paper round. She graduated with a BA Hons in English Language in the Media from Lancaster University, and went on to become a freelance writer and blogger. Emily contributed to The Sunday Times Travel Magazine and Student Problems before becoming a journalist at UNILAD, where she works on breaking news as well as longer form features.