The ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ judge admitted at the beginning of the show that she was feeling nervous, revealing: “I’ve got massive butterflies. I felt really wretchedly nervous yesterday and now I feel a little bit better.”
Her first day on the daytime show was met with a generally positive reaction from viewers, with hoards of fans of the star praising Amanda for her presenting skills, as well as her look, on Twitter:
You are doing brilliantly @Amanda_Holden loving the show :-)— Dawn Hall (@dawn060861) September 22, 2014
@Amanda_Holden doing great on this morning .well done you.— Bonni (@qa_qqqqq) September 22, 2014
— Gareth_Trueman (@Gareth_Trueman) September 22, 2014
— geordiegirl83 (@geordiegirl83) September 22, 2014
However, proving that you can’t please everybody, others among the ‘This Morning’ audience were less sold by Amanda’s presenting skills, and didn’t consider her a worthy replacement for Holly.
Oh well I tried to watch @itvthismorning with Amanda Holden sitting in for Holly, but sorry it's so dire after just 10 minutes!— maggie lewis (@mjl1970) September 22, 2014
What an absolutely terrible decision to put Amanda Holden in for Holly. My mornings are RUINED #ThisMorning— Ashleigh-Kate Graham (@ickle_ashleigh) September 22, 2014
This Morning replacing Holly Willoughby with Amanda Holden is like losing your best shoes and hobbling about in soggy wellies instead.— Kim (@xThe59Sound) September 22, 2014
Amanda Holden doesn't belong on This Morning 😴 #FOff— paige jones (@paigeyjoones) September 22, 2014
Meanwhile, other people noted that although Amanda was looking very youthful on the ‘This Morning’ sofa, it may have been because she’d had a little *ahem* help, which a few avid viewers suggested may have stopped her from looking sympathetic to the guests she was interviewing:
I literally only knew that was Amanda Holden on #thismorning because of her voice. WTF happened to her face?!— Emma (@Missyruffles) September 22, 2014
Amanda later seemed relieved to have reached the end of her first day of presenting live, joking, “Is it too early for a gin?”, which her supporters seemed very in favour of:
Now I know Amanda Holden's alright - "is it too early for Gin" - that's my girl! #thismorning— Estella Joyce (@LelJoyce) September 22, 2014
@Amanda_Holden it's never to early for Gin. You did good........... Go Celebrate— CYNTHIA KERR (@CynthiaKerr) September 22, 2014
@Amanda_Holden congratulations on your first day. Ps it's never too early for gin !— deborah randall (@deborahanne67) September 22, 2014
It was announced earlier this year that Amanda would be covering the first half of Holly’s maternity leave on ‘This Morning’, with Christine Bleakley taking over in the upcoming months, despite Christine's stint co-presenting the show earlier this year being panned by critics and viewers.
Similarly, TV chef Gino D’Acampo has taken over from Holly as a temporary team captain on ‘Celebrity Juice’.