Britain’s Got Talent judge Amanda Holden has made bold fashion statements before, but it would seem her most recent one was a little too bare than bold for some.

In the third semi-final on Wednesday, May 29th, Amanda’s barely-there dress received numerous criticisms for being too inappropriate for a family show.

But was Amanda’s dress really all the inappropriate?

We share our thoughts…

Screenshot: Britain’s Got Talent, S13 E13.

What was Amanda’s dress?

In the third round of semi-finals, Amanda wore a dress from Nicolas Jebran’s SS17 collection.

The intricately designed dress saw half of Amanda’s body covered with a white dress and the other half made out of sheer fabric. To cover up the bits you definitely would not be allowed to show at 7.30 pm on weeknight telly was a spider web and a floral design, creating the illusion of a garden scene.

Check out the stunning dress she wore below.

Why did it receive complaints?

After she made her appearance on the show, Amanda’s outfit received nine Ofcom complaints.

Viewers claimed her dress was too inappropriate for a family show like Britain’s Got Talent… And it would seem that Twitter users agreed, as hundreds sent out criticisms of her outfit for the evening.

But it’s not the first time her outfit choices have been the subject of criticism. Over the 2017 series, Amanda and fellow judge Alesha Dixon received over 200 Ofcom complaints.

Even her outfit from the night before (Tuesday, May 28th) was branded inappropriate for children – Amanda just can’t win!


An Ofcom spokesperson said:

We are assessing these complaints against our broadcasting rules, but are yet to decide whether or not to investigate.

Opinion: Amanda’s dress was not disrespectful

Although some of Amanda Holden’s BGT outfits in the past have been a little bit too inappropriate for before the 9 pm watershed, this particular outfit was not disrespectful.

In the Ofcom Guidance, just 5% of parents were concerned by nakedness/naked body parts and just 2% of 12 – 17-year-olds were concerned. But no actual nudity was seen through Amanda’s dress.

Considering this and the fact that only nine Ofcom complaints were actually made, we don’t think Amanda’s dress was anything but teetering on the risqué.



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