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Amanda Holden reveals first day nerves

by Brad Mincey (2020-08-19)

Amanda Holden has admitted she suffered first-day nerves as she began her new role as a presenter on ITV's This Morning.

The Britain's Got Talent judge is covering Holly Willoughby's maternity leave, and said she had been worried about filling the regular host's shoes.

She said at the top of the show: ‘I've got massive butterflies - I felt really wretchedly nervous yesterday and now I feel a little bit better.'

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Here we go: Amanda Holden admitted she 'had butterflies' ahead of her This Morning debut on Monday morning 

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Co-host Phillip Schofield read out tweets of encouragement for Holden, including one from Willoughby, and she replied: ‘Thank you, Holly, hope you've got your feet up at home!'






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She added: ‘My heart is pounding, can you see it?'

Show veteran Phillip joked: ‘You told me you've got three nipple covers on - it's absolutely fine because I have too.'

Amanda made it through her first This Morning without any mishaps and said as the show finished: ‘Yes, I'm all right now. Is it too early for gin?'

Relief: The presenter occupies the sofa next to show veteran Phillip Schofield as he presenting debut on This Morning comes to an end 

Well done: Phillip was full of praise for his new co-host on Monday afternoon 

But while she was assured by Phillip that she'd ‘done a good job,' viewers were divided by her debut, with many airing their opinions on Twitter as the credits rolled.

Comments on the micro-blogging site ranged from good to bad, with some users claiming she did ‘a cracking job' while others rubbished her presenting skills as ‘bad' and ‘very annoying.'

The actress was also criticised for a lack of expression, caused - some users claimed - by ‘too many Botox injections.'

But Phillip was full of praise for her new co-host.

Showtime: Amanda looked nervous as she took her place alongside Phillip as the live magazine programe got underway 

High praise: The veteran host complimented Amanda on Twitter shortly after the show came to an end on Monday afternoon

Taking to Twitter after the show he wrote: ‘Just got home from a very fun morning. Congratulations @Amanda_Holden your @itvthismorning debut was fantastic x.'

Amanda will join Philip on the show for four days a week, with husband-and-wife team Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford continuing on Fridays.

'I'm over the moon to get the chance to present one of my favourite shows on TV and I'm thrilled to be keeping Holly's seat on the sofa warm when she goes off on maternity leave,' she admitted after being unveiled as pregnant Holly Willougby temporary replacement.

She's off: Amanda exited on the back of a motorbike after making her presenting debut on This Morning 

Until next time: The presenter gave onlookers a wave as she sped away from ITV studios after admitting to first day nerves

Making an exit: Amanda laughs as the powerful bike pulls away 

Referring to her third pregnancy in June, Holly - a parent to Harry, five and three-year-old Belle with husband Dan Baldwin - admitted she was yet to determine the sex of her unborn child.

‘I really have no idea,' she said. ‘It's weird with your third. Having had one of each and both pregnancies having been pretty much the same, hand on heart, I really don't mind if I have a boy or girl.

‘I'm lucky to have one of each, anyway. They're both wonderful. What will be will be.'


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