Holden ‘set to crack the US’

Britain’s Got Talent judge Amanda Holden is being lined up for a role on US TV screens, according to the papers.

The Mail On Sunday reports that Holden is being tipped to host a programme similar to Surprise Surprise – the popular show hosted by Cilla Black which made dreams come true for members of the public.

The 38-year-old filmed a pilot for the show, titled The Wish List, last year, but ITV chiefs decided not to commission it. However she is in talks to bring the format to the US.

She became popular across the Atlantic after being seen on the Youtube clip of Susan Boyle’s audition, which was viewed by millions of Americans.

This week she is flying to the US to host the daytime programme The Early Show on the CBS network for the second time this month. Holden originally presented the show just after the Britain’s Got Talent final and was such a big hit she has been invited back.

“Amanda would be like a new Cilla Black,” a TV insider told the paper. “One reason she was great on Britain’s Got Talent was that she gets really emotionally involved with the acts.

“She has a lot of warmth, which viewers find appealing, and she can connect with people well. That’s what the Americans like about her.”

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