Eurovision host’s pointed dig at Amanda Holden labelled ‘iconic’ by fans

Sex Education star and West End powerhouse Hannah Waddingham last night sent Eurovision fans wild after making a cheeky dig at the expense of Britain’s Got Talent judge Amanda Holden.

Ted Lasso star Hannah, 48, was seen joining forces with Amanda’s BGT co-star Alesha Dixon – as well as Ukrainian singer Julia Sanina – to present the first semi-final of the much-loved singing contest last night.

It was during her hosting stint that Hannah left viewers in hysterics following a jibe at 52-year-old Amanda, whose role it was to award points on behalf of the United Kingdom during the 2021 ceremony.

Mum-of-three Amanda previously came under fire during her Eurovision stint after making a joke that didn’t go down well with viewers, quipping that she didn’t know the difference between French and Dutch, leading some fans to dub her “arrogant”.

Hannah made a dig at former host Amanda Holden
Hannah appeared to make a dig at former host Amanda Holden

During Hannah’s turn at presenting however, the blonde bombshell appeared to reference the blunder, opting to outline the voting rules and restrictions in perfect French.

With a smug grin on her face, she teased: “You see Europe, some of us Brits do bother to learn another language”, which many have taken to be a pointed dig at fellow theatre star Amanda.

And viewers of the show were quick to pick up on Hannah’s well-timed slight, with many taking to Twitter to express their amusement.

”Hannah Waddingham throwing Amanda Holden under Le bus, quality shade #Eurovision”, one fan wrote.

Amanda was part of Eurovision 2021
Amanda was part of Eurovision 2021

Another added: “Hannah Waddingham’s French somewhat making up for the existence of Amanda Holden. Amazing start, Liverpool. #Eurovision2023”.

A third wrote: “Hannah Waddingham throwing shade at Amanda Holden already?! I love her so much!!!! #Eurovision”.

The first of two semi-finals took place in Liverpool last night and King Charles and Queen Camilla even featured in the show, action, making a cameo during the opening film titled Welcome to Liverpool.

And last night also saw Hannah’s co-host Alesha send fans into a frenzy as the former Miss-Teeq star showcased her rapping skills.

Alesha Dixon gave fans a glimpse into her old days in Miss Teeq while hosting Eurovision
Alesha Dixon harked back to her Miss Teeq days as she rapped while hosting Eurovision

Celebrating Eurovision’s return to the UK, Alesha, 44, broke into a rap which viewers have since hailed as an “unforgettable” performance.

In the Eurovision-inspired rap, Alesha referenced Ukraine and numerous former winners including Finland’s Lordi and Italy’s Maneskin.

“Alesha Dixon did the thing,” wrote one viewer on Twitter, as another penned: “A lot of people questioned Alesha Dixon being involved, however she’s absolutely nailing this #EUROVISION”.

“Alesha Dixon’s rap during Eurovision was unforgettable,” said another.

A fourth continued: “Alesha Dixon needs to get back to making music!”


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