'BGT' judge Amanda Holden apologises for swearing live on family show after being spooked by 'ghosts'

'Britain's Got Talent' judges Alesha Dixon and Amanda Holden (Credit: Syco/Thames)
'Britain's Got Talent' judges Alesha Dixon and Amanda Holden (Credit: Syco/Thames)

Amanda Holden has issued an apology after using the F word on the first Britain’s Got Talent 2019 live show.

The 48-year-old mother-of-two confessed she had a panic attack after being terrified by spooky magic act The Haunting on the ITV talent show on Monday night.

Holden shouted: “F***k” stage as she was gripped on the shoulder by magician Elizabeth as the family entertainment show was broadcast live to the nation before 9pm.

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The TV presenter said later: “I can honestly say I have never been so terrified in my whole life! I wouldn’t want anyone to go through that, but she’s a genius, I don’t know how she does it. And apologies again.”

After apologising to the audience for swearing Holden had joked she was worried Simon Cowell might sack her.

As part of The Haunting’s audition to be voted through to the final Holden had been led down into the dark backstage basement area of London’s Hammersmith Apollo theatre where she had been terrified to meet ‘ghosts' Florence and Agatha.

Elizabeth culminated her semi-final performance by hinting that Simon Cowell would be her target for a spooking if she makes the final, and received a standing ovation from the audience. However she did not make it through.

Holden joked on Instagram she had fled the studio after her scary ordeal.

The public have voted Flakefleet Primary School and Police dog handler act Dave and Finn through to Sunday night’s final.

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Singing and dancing act Flakefleet Primary School are the out-and-out favourites to win this year’s show. Judge David Walliams put them straight through to the semi-final by pressing his Golden Buzzer after they moved him to tears. Bookmakers William Hill have set their odds at 3/1 to be crowned the winners of BGT 2019.

Holden’s Golden Buzzer act, teenage boyband Chapter 13, are second favourites with odds of 4/1.

The live semi-finals continue on ITV tonight.

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