New judges have made Britain's Got Talent 2011 funnier and lighter, says Amanda Holden

Amanda Holden

Britain's Got Talent judge Amanda Holden has said that her fellow new panelists David Hasselhoff and Michael McIntyre have made the show "funnier and lighter". Chatting to the Daily Mail about the upcoming series, Amanda confessed her initial nerves about the change had disappeared.

Amanda, currently playing the lead female role in Shrek: The Musical in London's Westend, told the paper: "I think it's going to be a very different show to what went before. It's lighter, funnier. I've actually found it more relaxing, which is weird because I didn't expect to.

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"I was nervous about not having Simon and Piers there. But while I do miss those guys, I think maybe it's good for me that things have changed."

Talking about the newly appointed judges, Amanda continued: "The Hoff has an ego, but his is kind of contained. He's American. He lives in his own little bubble, Hoff World, so it doesn't really impinge.

"And Michael is a sweetheart. There is no ego there. He talks a lot - actually, I can't get a word in edgeways - but he's a darling, too."

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