Saturday 24 February 2018

Amanda Holden's Britain's Got Talent dress received the highest number of Ofcom complaints in 2017

Amanda Holden on Britain's Got Talent in June
Amanda Holden on Britain's Got Talent in June

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Amanda Holden's revealing Britain's Got Talent dress has received the highest number of Ofcom complaints in 2017.

The blonde star has sat on the judging panel of the TV competition since it began in 2007, but this year ended up featuring her most memorable moment of the decade.

In June she stepped out on set in an extremely low cut, backless Julien Macdonald dress costing a staggering £11,250, and posted a photo of herself wearing it on Instagram at the time with the caption, "'It is always better to be slightly under-dressed' - Coco Chanel".

Britain's Got Talent viewers were quick to share their shock at Amanda's choice of outfit and the U.K.'s communications regulator Ofcom received 216 complaints within 48 hours.

Several months later criticism is still coming in and her gown has now racked up a total of 663 negative comments to Ofcom, making it the event which has most upset audiences of 2017.

And it seems the 46-year-old anticipated the reaction her ensembles would have, as she divulged to The Sun before the programme kicked off, "I can’t wait to wear my dresses. They are very flattering and feminine and a few are... what you would expect.

"Will people be complaining to Ofcom? I hope so. I really do. I haven’t done my job if they aren’t."

But Ofcom chose not to investigate the issue further, previously stating, "While some outfits were revealing, we considered it was appropriately scheduled and would not have exceeded most viewers' expectations."

Her risque wardrobe choice left more people disgruntled than comedian Russell Brand, who received 340 Ofcom complains after using sexual references and bad language during his appearance on Comic Relief in March, which also saw Vic Reeves expose a fake penis before the 9pm watershed.

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