Of all the members of the panel, which now includes Simon, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams, she is the only one to have been in every series of Britain’s Got Talent
Britain’s Got Talent has made stars of performers such as Susan Boyle and Diversity but one of its biggest success stories is its longest serving judge – Amanda Holden.
The actress has appeared on all eight series of the ITV hit.
And she reveals to the Sunday People how she jumped at the chance when Simon Cowell initially offered her the job.
It wasn’t just the prime time slot or the large salary that appealed, BGT also gave Amanda, 43, the chance to rid herself of her “Mrs Les Dennis” tag, as she puts it.
She told us: “I will always be grateful to Simon or giving me a chance on Britain’s Got Talent when everyone used to know me as, ‘Amanda Holden, who was married to Les Dennis.’
“He has given me a chance to reinvent myself. When my time is up, my time is up but Simon has been very sweet and has said as long as the show is on air, the job is mine.”
Of all the members of the panel, which now includes Simon, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams, she is the only one to have been in every series .
Quite an achievement.
But then Amanda does have a close bond with her boss and she admits he is the keeper of her secrets.
She is delighted he has finally becoming a father in his 50s and has found love with Lauren Silverman.
And she reckons he wants a second child, preferably a girl.
“The pair of them are a good combination,” said Amanda.
“She gives as good as she gets. She is very feisty, funny and bright and has a lot going for her.
“She never stops talking and her and Simon have so much fun.
“I’ve known her for years and have always been fond of her.
“It doesn’t really matter with men and babies, but it’s the right time for Simon, I don’t think he would have been ready before this.
“He is very sweet on my daughter Hollie and I think he would like to have a little girl.
“You can’t plan these things although he might be able to plan that. Who knows with Simon.
“I would say that he is much happier since he has become a Dad and he is more relaxed and seems more content.
“I think he always thought fatherhood would be dull but he realises it is anything but. This happening in a surprising way has been the making of him.
“OK, he doesn’t do all the nappies but who would want to out of choice. I made Chris do some but I don’t think Simon will ever go there.
“That doesn’t make him a bad dad. He will leave it up to Lauren. They both love going out together as well.
“I couldn’t do without love in my life. I am so happy that Simon has got love in his life now that he has met Lauren and he has his son Eric.
“He is happier and more content than before.
“Now he has always got to think of someone else other than himself, which is important in life.”
Simon’s “bromance” with David doesn’t appear to be going as well this series.
There have been reports that the pair are bickering a lot more.
Amanda laughed and said: “It’s true. Simon says that David is mentally an 11-year-old in this huge body.”
“But David does bring a naughty schoolboy humour to proceedings and he brings out the worst in Simon.
“Through the auditions if anyone pregnant came on stage David would say to them, ‘Is that Simon’s baby?’
“Or he would say to Simon, ‘Just stop showing off because you have impregnated a woman.’
“Whether or not it makes the edit, who knows? But it was very funny.”
Amanda’s face lights up when she talks about her husband Chris Hughes.
She has been married to the music executive for six years and the pair have daughters Lexie, eight and Hollie, two.
The strong marriage has seen them face some agonising ordeals that might have finished another couple.
In 2010 she had a miscarriage and the following year her son was stillborn after seven months. Amanda then nearly died when giving birth to Hoillie.
She lost a lot of blood and was in a critical condition for three days after the placenta became attached to her bladder.
Fortunately both mum and baby made a full recovery.
Her marriage to TV comic Les Dennis in 1995 ended after eight years after it emerged she had an affair with Men Behaving Badly star Neil Morrissey.
Amanda said: “I do regret how I upset Les Dennis in our marriage fallout. I don’t like upsetting people.
“But I have no regrets about my life path.
“It might sound contrived but I have grown as a person and when you get married for a second time you know what you’re doing and you’re going to make it right.”
Amanda admitted her head is still turned by a handsome man, and confessed she has crushes on actors.
But Chris, 40, is the only man for her. Like any other couple they also enjoy a “date night” together.
She said: “I am married and 43 years old and I would never cheat on my husband Chris but I can’t help but notice a hot man.
“We’ve actually had a few hunks on Britain’s Got Talent this year.
“I have always liked men with a good sense of humour and a bigger waistline. I have a massive crush on Jack Nicholson – who is quite portly.
“He is silly and naughty and a brilliant actor.
“I am also fascinated by US actor Owen Wilson but he is bizarre looking. I like British actor Eddie Redmayne – although he’s a bit skinny.
“Muscly men don’t personally turn me on but recently I met lots of male hunks for a campaign that I was doing with (Greek-style yogurt) Oykos.
“Some of them were real beefcakes while others were tall and skinny and there were a couple of hairy ones too.
“I don’t like vain men who are aware of their good looks and always preening themselves in the mirror.
“I would never want a man who is too buff because they would have to maintain it and are aware of how they look.
“My husband Chris is good-looking but he isn’t aware of it and he still makes me a laugh a lot after 10 years.
“ I like tall men too – Chris is 6ft 1in.We go out at least every couple of weeks for lunch and then pick Lexi up from school together.
“In February Chris took me out for dinner in London for my birthday.
“We had a meal and cocktails and, for a laugh, I put on Twitter, ‘As it’s my birthday, I let Chris take me up The Shard.’”
There are plans for Amanda to take part in a current affairs programme and to act again but she’s selective about what she does right now.
She said: “It sometimes means not taking every job that I am offered and for me it is being brave enough to say no.
“And wherever I possibly can I don’t work Fridays.
“When I went back to BGT my mum, who lives in Cornwall, came to live with me for the first 18 months of Hollie’s life and she was an amazing support.
“But now I hire a nanny to help out when I am working on Britain’s Got Talent. And Lexi has an iPad so we Facetime to keep in touch.
“Although sometimes she will come to the studio with me.”
Amanda says all of the judges have brought their children along to the show but she insists the studio won’t become anything like a crèche.
“Alesha’s daughter Azura, who is now six months old, has been on set. David has brought his son and I held Simon’s son Eric for an hour while I was getting my hair and make-up done.
“Baby Eric is gorgeous. He has the same nose and lips as Simon.
“We have all brought our kids along but I don’t think that will be possible when the live shows start later in May.”
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