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Cheers as BGT judge Holden returns

Amanda Holden has returned to Britain's Got Talent after giving birth to her daughter.

The popular star made her first public appearance in Edinburgh after giving birth to second child Hollie, which left her in intensive care.

Holden, 40, left her new baby briefly with her family to resume her role on the panel.

She was met by cheering crowds as she arrived at the Festival Theatre in the Scottish capital. Dressed in a tangerine top, she looked radiant and happy as she smiled for fans.

She seemed a world away from being in a critical condition just over a fortnight ago.

Holden is thought to have had a blood transfusion after a caesarean and was in a critical condition for three days.

She has been recovering at home in south-west London since being discharged from hospital with her husband Chris Hughes and their other daughter Lexi, six.

Earlier this week she released the first photo of her new addition alongside the family and the picture showed Holden was on the road to recovery and the colour had returned to her cheeks.

The actress and presenter had to step down from the show due to her medical emergency, missing auditions in Cardiff and London.

She was initially not replaced, but this week US actress Carmen Electra temporarily joined show regulars Simon Cowell, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams.

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