Amanda Holden defends Britain's Got Talent as it's criticised for 'scouting for acts' like Sarah Ikumu

AMANDA Holden has backed Britain's Got Talent following numerous claims producers have used scouts to find acts for the show.

The talent show judge, who has been working on BGT since it started in 2007, says she feels the show should "cast the net" as wide as possible and claimed social media has changed the way stars are found.

She also addressed why a number of the programme's performers are not British, or reside in Britain, despite the show's title and premise.

Talking to Now mag, Amanda said: "I do think you have to look globally and everywhere. You have to cast the net wide."

Asked if acts are brought on to the show by scouts, she avoided directly responding — instead discussing how social media has changed how talent is sourced.

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Amanda with co-judges David Walliams, Alesha Dixon and Simon Cowell as well as presenters, Ant & Dec and Stephen MulhernCredit: ITV

The 46-year-old said: "The word 'scouting' is an interesting one because actually in terms of social media… there's so much out there.

"Before social media, people sent in video tapes of themselves to talent shows and now social media has replaced tapes as a way to showcase yourself.

"That's the changing world we live in now."

She then said: "Let's remember it's about having fun, after all. It's a fun entertainment show."

Her comments come after it was revealed that this series' hot favourite Sarah Ikumu was discovered by a BGT head-hunter, and the show's original winner Paul Potts said it is a "shame" scouts are supposedly relied upon.

Mum-of-three Amanda called Simon's Golden Buzzer act Sarah "sensational", adding: "She was absolutely fantastic and she came across so well."

Earlier this year it was reported that the show had turned to a team of head-hunters to rope in acts for BGT after applications "dried up".

Britain's Got Talent continues Saturday at 8pm on ITV.

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