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I hire Stavros Flatley for parties -- Amanda

BRITAIN's Got Talent judge Amanda Holden said she loves former Britain's Got Talent finalists Stavros Flatley so much that she has hired them to play family parties.

Holden, who returned to the show after the traumatic birth of her second child Hollie, which left her in a critical condition for several days, said the comedy dancing duo were her "favourite act of all time".

She said: "I still can't get over the surprise element of their act. It was just brilliant.

"Their audition just made me so happy. I was bursting with laughter and joy. I've since hired them for weddings and family parties, I just love them.

"What I also love is that after they have performed, they hand out business cards for their electrician company, so I might use them when I'm having the cottage done up, but only if they come in their stage outfits."

Among the acts in the new series of the talent show, which starts on ITV1 this Saturday, are several ukulele players, some boybands and the show's first female drag queen.

Judge David Walliams was so impressed by one of the acts on Britain's Got Talent that he jumped up on stage and joined them.

The Little Britain star said his new role "felt natural straight away" and he tried to make show supremo Simon Cowell laugh.

He said: "If Simon didn't find me funny, it wouldn't work. The audience love Simon but because he's so successful they want to see him teased a bit as well."