AMANDA HOLDEN decided she might as well go the whole hog and drop an album after she surprisingly rivalled Dua Lipa in the charts.
At 49, the Britain’s Got Talent judge proved she can compete with younger singers in the wardrobe department as well and is pouring the highs and lows of her personal life into her debut album, called Songs From The Heart.
The TV siren says her bold move comes after her cover of Over The Rainbow to raise money for the NHS went toe-to-toe with Dua Lipa during lockdown.
‘I had no idea that it would bypass singers like Dua Lipa and get to number two. As much as I love Dua Lipa, I loved that,’ said Holden. ‘I hoped it would go into the charts.’
On her album she has teamed up with TV and theatre star Sheridan Smith for a cover of I Know Him So Well — and rivals Susan Boyle with her own take on I Dreamed A Dream from Les Miserables.
The ex-theatre star says her collection of well-known tracks feel personal to her and hit a nerve at points. ‘People think they know who I am because they see me being loud and outrageous on the television or radio,’ she said.
‘That is a part of me but really I’m all about my family. This album is all the songs I’ve loved in my life, sung for the people who mean the most to me.
‘It’s a very emotional album that everyone can relate to.
‘I had a tape recorder as a little girl and would sing into it dreaming of this moment. There is a story behind every song on the album, celebrating life, love and loss — the darkest and happiest moments in my life so far. It is literally my heart laid bare.’
On her first single, she pointed out: ‘The NHS has been a massive part of my life. They looked after my sister when she had a terrible car accident, they looked after me when I went through two difficult births and I did a documentary with three midwives who have remained friends to this day.’
Songs From The Heart is released on October 2. The single With You is out today.