Holden talks lockdown laughs and how she's coping

If she’s not been getting dolled up to take the bins out, she’s been mowing the lawn in her wedding dress or pulling hilarious pranks on her two daughters. But I’m really glad you’ve taken it how it is meant, which is a bit of fun and laughter,” she says with her trademark cackle. “I’ve howled with laughter filming it.” But if you didn’t think Amanda – or Mandy, as she quickly refers to herself – was already a Queen Of Quarantine just for keeping us entertained, the Britain’s Got Talent judge is now raising vital funds for the NHS with the release of her debut single – a cover of Judy Garland’s Over The Rainbow. Gallery: 9 of Britain's Got Talent judge Amanda Holden's most show-stopping dresses (Hello) Amanda has spoken a lot previously of how she owes so much to the NHS – they were there for her and her family when her son Theo was born sleeping in 2011, and saved her life a year later when she ran into dangerous complications during the birth of daughter Hollie. With the track on course to debut highly in Friday’s Official Chart, Amanda tells HuffPost she’s been left “over the moon and slightly weirded out” by the positive reception.  She says: “When we decided to do this a week ago with Marks & Spencer, I just said, ’Yep, absolutely let’s do this. I’m worried about it being number one because I don’t want people to think ‘Oh, it’s got to number one’ – I want them to keep downloading it.” But in between fundraising, releasing music and making us laugh on Instagram – as well as continuing to present her breakfast show on Heart Radio – life in lockdown is still like the rest of us for Amanda.  As we speak to her on the phone from her south-west London home, she’s just finished an art class with her daughter (“I’m covered in black paint!”) and is juggling the phone in one hand as she makes tea for the family with the other.   Here, she chats about the need for lockdown laughs, the future of Britain’s Got Talent amid the coronavirus crisis and why she’s not going to apologise for enjoying a few glasses of rosé... ____________________________________________________ More on coronavirus: ____________________________________________________ Congratulations on the single Amanda. But, I am a performer and it is how I started and what I’m supposed to do.  And that’s why you’re on the panel… Hopefully it will keep me on the panel for a couple more years! Lauren [Silverman, Simon Cowell’s partner] was one of the first people to text me congratulations. All of the main judges have been given a date to hold in early autumn to see if it works live. Simon has fought very hard for it to be on now, in its normal slot, and it celebrates Britain at its best. One of the things I always look forward to is seeing what you’re going to wear, and I always enjoy how much you love winding up the people who complain to Ofcom… It just makes me laugh that a bit of sideboob causes so much offence! I’ve seen so much humility, love and appreciation of everyone, and we’ve all had a chance to sit back and really have a think about life and what it’s all about. I think you should just be more daring and outrageous... Well, I have got all this time to think about what not to wear.  Your Instagram content has been a proper tonic over the last few weeks – how do you come up with the ideas for your posts?  I literally lie awake at night! I went up in the loft and found my wedding dress, and my eldest daughter then walked around the garden in it, so we now have to find a dry cleaner that’s open now.  Is there anything you’ve filmed that you’ve not been able to put on Instagram?  Let’s just say I’ve washed the car. It gets very sudsy, I’ll just say that...  You’re never afraid of being candid or a bit silly – like this story you revealed on Shopping With Keith Lemon – but do you ever get in trouble for sharing too much? But No Holden Back is my name, so I have to live up to it really.  Speaking of Keith Lemon, there’s a spot on Celebrity Juice going now that Holly Willoughby has quit as team captain – would you be up for the gig? But obviously I do Heart Breakfast, which I get up for at 5.30am, they film it over in Elstree and I’m not joking, it takes about four hours and they don’t finish until really late. I know Holly is not goodie-goodie by any means, but that’s what she plays, and I always think it’s better to watch someone who is straighter doing things out of their comfort zone. Everyone knows I’m up for anything, so it’s not as funny.  You are such a positive and upbeat person but have you found it difficult to stay that way during lockdown?  I’ve been really blessed because I’ve been able to continue working on Heart, so having the same thing of going to work every morning has really helped me to stay sane.  I’ve had to get my head round staying still, because I’m never still and always working – I’ve never really sat down in my house and enjoyed it and the lovely back garden we’re lucky to have. I know it’s a terribly difficult time for so many people financially and their mental health, but I’ve been blessed with being stuck with thepeople I love the most and I’ve got to keep my job. I’ve just done this fabulous planets in the sky project, and last week we made a robot, which I loved. It’s so funny, my husband is the life and soul at a dinner party or the pub, but he would die if there was a camera around, and so would my eldest daughter. But me and Hollie could do a little show and go out on the road.  In 2019, you joined Heart radio, recorded your album, got a doctorate and did a sky dive – is there anything left on your bucket list? [Her PR tells me my time with Mandy has come to en end] Ooh, go and have a lovely glass of rosé!