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Amanda Holden’s charity single hits # 1 on iTunes, beating The Weeknd and Dua Lipa

Amanda Holden’s charity single, Somewhere Over The Rainbow, has reached number one spot on iTunes, for music megastars The Weeknd and Dua Lipa.

Britain’s Got Talent judge told MailOnline on Monday how excited she is about the news, but she can’t rest on her laurels with four days to go until the weekly map update – urging fans to keep downloading to help her through a lifetime to pay debts’ to the NHS.

She also revealed that she has plans to perform on the live shows of Britain’s Got Talent in the future, as agreed with show boss and co-judge Simon Cowell.

On the top! Amanda Holden's charity single, Somewhere Over The Rainbow, is number one on iTunes

On the top! Amanda Holden’s charity single, Somewhere Over The Rainbow, is number one on iTunes

Of the news that she is currently number one, Amanda, 49, told us, “Simon doesn’t know yet. As soon as LA wakes up, I immediately get on the phone [Simon’s partner] Lauren [because Simon doesn’t use a mobile phone].

“He donates a lot to charity, but I’m going to check if he downloaded the song, because every little bit helps!

“I’m going to perform at the [BGT] live shows when the album is released. I don’t know when that will be. Simon agreed to perform. I hold on to it. An oral contact is as good as ever these days! ‘

Amanda was extremely open about her gratitude for the NHS, which have helped her and her family through difficult medical situations over the years.

Speaking about overtaking artists like Dua Lipa, Amanda said, “I love Dua so much. She is so beautiful and has the best songs. We play her all the time at Heart Breakfast and she was so kind when she was in the studio earlier this year '

Speaking about overtaking artists like Dua Lipa, Amanda said, “I love Dua so much. She is so beautiful and has the best songs. We play her all the time at Heart Breakfast and she was so kind when she was in the studio earlier this year '

Speaking about overtaking artists like Dua Lipa, Amanda said, “I love Dua so much. She is so beautiful and has the best songs. We play her all the time at Heart Breakfast and she was so kind when she was in the studio earlier this year ‘

Overtaken: She also pushed American artist The Weeknd to the post

Overtaken: She also pushed American artist The Weeknd to the post

Overtaken: She also pushed American artist The Weeknd to the post

She said, “As everyone knows, the NHS has been there for us as a family many times over the past ten years. As for me, I owe them a lifetime debt.

Every penny of this song’s downloads goes to NHS Charities Together, so it’s not just incredible to be the number one of the most downloaded songs today as I’ve never released a song in my life, but I’m really glad I can help the NHS in this little way.

“The rainbow has become a symbol of hope, and I am overwhelmed with the messages I have received from people who say they hope that we will soon reach the other side of that rainbow and that the world will be a better place.

“Someone sent me a message on Instagram with my song playing with a real rainbow in the sky and it really touched me.”

She said, “As everyone knows, the NHS has been there for us as a family many times over the past ten years. As far as I’m concerned, I owe them a lifetime debt ‘

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Taking the stage: She also revealed that she has plans to perform in the live shows of Britain's Got Talent in the future, as agreed with show boss and co-judge Simon Cowell

Taking the stage: She also revealed that she has plans to perform in the live shows of Britain's Got Talent in the future, as agreed with show boss and co-judge Simon Cowell

Taking the stage: She also revealed that she has plans to perform in the live shows of Britain’s Got Talent in the future, as agreed with show boss and co-judge Simon Cowell

Amanda’s song – released in line with Marks & Spencer’s All In This Together campaign – comes amidst the ongoing coronavirus crisis in the world after recording the track as an album filler last year.

She continued, “[Being number one] doesn’t really feel! Last week we only had conversations with Marks & Spencer and my record label Virgin EMI to make all this possible.

“It’s still early because there are four days to go, so if people have 99 cents spare on iTunes and download the song. We want to collect as much money as possible with this number. It all goes to NHS Charities Together. ‘

From catching up with artists like Dua Lipa, Amanda continued, “I love Dua so much. She is so beautiful and has the best songs. We play her at Heart Breakfast all the time and she was kind when she was in the studio earlier this year.

“She has the number one album, so I’m sure she wouldn’t mind trying it, especially for a good cause!”

Going live: 'I will perform at the [BGT] live shows when the album is released. I don't know when that will be. Simon agreed to perform. I hold on to it. Oral contact is as good as any other today, ”Amanda said

Going live: 'I will perform at the [BGT] live shows when the album is released. I don't know when that will be. Simon agreed to perform. I hold on to it. Oral contact is as good as any other today, ”Amanda said

Going live: ‘I will perform at the [BGT] live shows when the album is released. I don’t know when that will be. Simon agreed to perform. I hold on to it. Oral contact is as good as any other today, ”Amanda said

Songstress: Amanda released a cover of Somewhere Over The Rainbow to raise money for the NHS during the current COVID-19 crisis

Songstress: Amanda released a cover of Somewhere Over The Rainbow to raise money for the NHS during the current COVID-19 crisis

Songstress: Amanda released a cover of Somewhere Over The Rainbow to raise money for the NHS during the current COVID-19 crisis

Prior to the single release last week, Amanda told MailOnline that she played Simon the entire album at his home one day and that his response was pleasantly surprising.

“I spent an unbearable afternoon playing the album with him,” she recalled. “I was clearly wondering what he would think, but he was actually embarrassingly complementary, which was even worse. I honestly waited for dry comments from him! ‘

Amanda admitted she didn’t think she would release her Somewhere Over The Rainbow cover – which she releases along with M&S campaign All In This Together – but that it suited the current health crisis perfectly.

“With the children’s drawings now in the windows … the rainbow symbol has been incorporated into what is happening now and I thought this would be a great way to raise money,” she explained. “All the money goes to NHS Charities Together. I am very passionate and have always been involved with the NHS.

Not so scary: Amanda - who judges alongside Simon BGT - told MailOnline that she played the music boss at his house all day - but that his response was pleasantly surprising

Not so scary: Amanda - who judges alongside Simon BGT - told MailOnline that she played the music boss at his house all day - but that his response was pleasantly surprising

Not so scary: Amanda – who judges alongside Simon BGT – told MailOnline that she played the music boss at his house all day – but that his response was pleasantly surprising

A goal close to her heart: the Britain's Got Talent judge will release an album in the future, but wanted to take off one of the tracks to fight those on the front lines that are fighting the global virus

A goal close to her heart: the Britain's Got Talent judge will release an album in the future, but wanted to take off one of the tracks to fight those on the front lines that are fighting the global virus

A goal close to her heart: the Britain’s Got Talent judge will release an album in the future, but wanted to take off one of the tracks to fight those on the front lines that are fighting the global virus

“They’ve been there for myself, my son Theo, my sister. They saved my sister’s life after she had a car accident. I feel like I owe them so much. I feel that we all owe them all now and of course for the future.

And they finally have a light that shines on them completely, making us realize how lucky we are to have them.

“And I hope it stays that way. I hope that many things are happening on the other side of the rainbow that are happening now. The love, hope, appreciation and reflection we get from this downtime. ‘

Amanda lost her son Theo in 2011 when he was stillborn – a tragedy she has started to help others since. A year later, she also had a complicated delivery when she gave birth to her daughter Hollie. She slipped into a four-day coma after the placenta attached to a main artery and left her bleeding.

Inspirational: Amanda admitted she didn't think she'd release her Somewhere Over The Rainbow cover - which she releases along with M&S campaign All In This Together - but that it suited the current health crisis perfectly

Inspirational: Amanda admitted she didn't think she would release her Somewhere Over The Rainbow cover - which she releases along with M&S campaign All In This Together - but that it suited the current health crisis perfectly

Inspirational: Amanda admitted she didn’t think she’d release her Somewhere Over The Rainbow cover – which she releases along with M&S campaign All In This Together – but that it suited the current health crisis perfectly

Mentor: “I spent an unbearable afternoon playing the album with Simon,” she recalled. “I was clearly wondering what he would think, but he was actually embarrassingly complementary, which was even worse. I honestly waited for dry comments from him! ‘

“I’m so behind the weekly applause for the NHS, of course,” she added, talking about her time on the 2009 series Out Of My Depth, where she learned about the role of an obstetrician for five weeks.

“I helped deliver 11 babies and met incredible women who have since become my lifelong friends,” she said of the midwives she worked with on the series, Jackie Nash, Pippa Nightingale and Natalie Carter, who was rushing to be with her when Theo was born sleeping two years later. ‘I literally do everything for them, I have seen firsthand what they do. They work so hard. ‘

Primarily a trained actress and singer, Amanda has attended Mountview drama school in London, trained in music theater, and admitted she likes to keep up with her creative side to be ‘worthy’ behind the BGT. desk.

Life-changing experience: “I’m so behind the weekly applause for the NHS, of course,” she added, talking about her time on the 2009 series Out Of My Depth, where she learned about the role of the midwife for five weeks

Life lock: Other than cooking from scratch, Amanda explained that she uses the time at home to ensure she runs every day to stay healthy - but also balances things out by getting her rosé solution

Life lock: Other than cooking from scratch, Amanda explained that she uses the time at home to ensure she runs every day to stay healthy - but also balances things out by getting her rosé solution

Life lock: Other than cooking from scratch, Amanda explained that she uses the time at home to ensure she runs every day to stay healthy – but also balances things out by getting her rosé solution

“Mountview taught us to do everything, which meant we worked more often,” she said. “Sometimes people forget that I did that. I still have to be willing to put myself out there. I was once that girl on stage auditioning. You have to earn your place. ‘

Last summer, Amanda announced that she had signed a record deal with Virgin after posting a video on her Twitter page of her portrayal of The Greatest Showman’s Tightrope. The video, a tribute to husband Chris Hughes, received more than 1.5 million views in two months.

Her album is ready to go – recorded before the pandemic turned the world upside down – so Somewhere Over The Rainbow was already ready.

Dashed line: Last summer, Amanda announced that she signed a record deal with Virgin after posting a video on her Twitter page of her portrayal of The Greatest Showman's Tightrope

Dashed line: Last summer, Amanda announced that she signed a record deal with Virgin after posting a video on her Twitter page of her portrayal of The Greatest Showman's Tightrope

Dashed line: Last summer, Amanda announced that she signed a record deal with Virgin after posting a video on her Twitter page of her portrayal of The Greatest Showman’s Tightrope

“It’s in the bag. So I didn’t have to go into a ventilation closet with a towel on my head to record this single, ”she said. “The song is so hopeful. It is about overcoming adversity. It’s about the clouds breaking up and the rainbow coming through. It’s about looking ahead. ‘

Amanda explained why she wanted to raise money to support the NHS with her charity single, and shared the deeply personal reason behind her decision.

She said, “It has been well documented over the years regarding my relationship with the NHS. I’m concerned that some people think I’m talking too much about my experiences … but I owe my life to the NHS.

“When it comes up in a conversation, I will always be very open about my love and gratitude for them. I just wouldn’t be here without them.

“I had the most horribly traumatic birth with Hollie, where my husband and eldest daughter Lexi were told to prepare not to come home. So I will be eternally grateful to them. ‘

Popular: Reportedly there was a bidding war with the UK's major record labels wanting to contract her after sharing a video of her singing

Popular: Reportedly there was a bidding war with the UK's major record labels wanting to contract her after sharing a video of her singing

Popular: Reportedly there was a bidding war with the UK’s major record labels wanting to contract her after sharing a video of her singing

Amanda explained, “They also saved my sister’s life three years ago. She had pulled herself hard when a truck hit her back a few minutes later. She suffered a brain injury.

“Fortunately, she has now fully recovered, but I don’t think I will ever be able to do enough to repay them.”

M&S has designed a special rainbow T-shirt to support the NHS, with 100 percent of the profit also going to NHS Charities Together. Amanda used M & S’s T-shirt design as a source of inspiration for the single piece of art.

From her time in confinement, Amanda explained that she ‘got into the mindset to enjoy the downtime’ and enjoys the unique experience of being ‘with my favorite people’ constantly.

In the bag! “I didn’t have to go into a ventilation box with a towel on my head to record this single,” she said after taping it for the lockdown

Now available: Somewhere Over The Rainbow is now available for streaming and download

She said, “I don’t want to sound airy or superficial. But I like being in the house I work hard for and never see. I also like my garden. It’s nice because we spend time wishing we were traveling somewhere better.

“I think I’m a better mother, too. And I am definitely a better woman! ‘

Aside from cooking from scratch, Amanda explained that she uses the time at home to ensure she runs every day to stay healthy – but also balances things out by getting her rosé solution.

“I’m talking about ice cream. So it’s fine. I make sure I get my daily dose of H20, ”Amanda assured.

Somewhere Over The Rainbow is now available to stream and download.

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