Amanda Holden responds to Ofcom about Britain’s Got Talent outfit complaints
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Amanda Holden's Britain's Got Talent outfits have caused quite the primetime stir over the years, so much so that there have even been hundreds of Ofcom complaints.
The most recent series of the long-running talent show was plunged into controversy over the mum-of-three’s garments. Back in 2020, the 52-year-old presenter, singer and TV personality sparked a whopping 235 Ofcom complaints after wearing a navy plunging thigh-slit gown.
But like always, she has continued to defy critics over the years and if she has her way, she just might show up as Queen Charlotte one day.
In an exclusive chat with Tyla ahead of the launch of her new sex-themed documentary series described as ‘Horrible Histories for adults’, Amanda said about the Ofcom complaints: “I dress for myself and I've always dressed for myself and I really enjoy fashion and I'm okay with it is all I'll say.
“I don't lose any sleep over it and I never set out to offend anybody. But I think these days you're unable to not offend - there's no way of winning. So you have to stay true to yourself and wear what you want."
She also hilariously pointed out what the 'problem' usually is. "It's just always a bit of side boob!" she said, before joking about how Simon Cowell can wear low-buttoned shirts without any flack.
In Sex: A Bonkers History, Amanda and co-host and historian Dan Jones explore how sexual behaviours have changed through the agent civilisations to now. You may think that the sexual behaviours of the Spartans or the Romans were widely different to those in 2023, but in some ways, not much has changed at all.
In the first episode there’s a segment about Messalina, an empress in Rome who is an early example of slut shaming in society perpetrated by men, just like suspected human trafficker Andrew Tate who mum-shamed Amanda this year for posting bikini snaps.
“Women always come out on top in the end,” Amanda said on the matter.
The show features ‘drama reconstructions’ featuring Amanda, who gets to live her dream of dressing up as Cleopatra, Marilyn Monroe and Queen Charlotte, plus a bunch of other incredible women throughout history.
She managed to take home some of the costumes but refuses to say which ones. But with that said, “Oh wouldn't I love to come out as Queen Charlotte,” she laughs. “I wonder what Ofcom would say about that!”
Dearest Shonda Rhimes, if you’re reading this, Amanda would love to be on Bridgerton. “My favourite thing is being different characters and different people. I've always wanted to be in a bonnet drama. I was dressed up in a full wig as Queen Charlotte. Big almost pompadour-ish wig, I'm praying the call from Bridgeton comes!”
Although Sex: A Bonkers History is about, well, sex, it’s not a ‘cheap show’ and you’ll definitely finish watching it with your brain filled with fascinating facts about dead monarchs and how Ancient Egyptians made spermicides with crocodile dung (don’t try this at home!)
“It's a really clever way at looking at history,” she said, explaining how it ‘humanises’ people like Queen Victoria. “Everyone just thinks [she is] this sort of buttoned up, battle axe, who actually was passionately in love with her husband, she was a very vital and passionate, sexy woman."
Sex: A Bonkers History is available on Sky HISTORY from Monday, 18th September.