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Amanda Holden has released a cover of Somewhere Over The Rainbow to help raise money for the NHS, during the current COVID-19 crisis.

The Britain's Got Talent judge, 49, will be releasing an album going forward, but wanted to lift one of the tracks from it to support those on the frontline battling the global virus, as it's a cause close to her heart.

Amanda - who judges BGT alongside Simon Cowell - told MailOnline this week that she played the music boss the whole album one day at his house - but that his response was pleasantly surprising.

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

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

'I spent an excruciating afternoon playing him the album,' she recalled. 'Obviously I wondered what he'd think but he was actually embarrassingly complimentary which was even worse. I was waiting for dry comments from him to be honest!'

Amanda admitted she hadn't thought she would release her Somewhere Over The Rainbow cover - which she releases in conjunction with M&S campaign All In This Together - but that it was the perfect fit for the current health crisis.

'With the children's drawings in windows right now... the rainbow symbol has been adopted in what's going on right now and I just thought this would be a great way to raise money,' she explained. 'All money will be going to NHS Charities Together. I am very passionate and always have been about the NHS.

'They have been there for myself, my son Theo, my sister. They’ve saved my sister's life after she was in a car accident. I feel like I owe them so much. I feel like we all owe them a debt now and of course for the future to come.

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

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

A cause close to her heart: The Britain's Got Talent judge, 49, will be releasing an album going forward, but wanted to lift one of the tracks from it to support those on the frontline battling the global virus

A cause close to her heart: The Britain's Got Talent judge, 49, will be releasing an album going forward, but wanted to lift one of the tracks from it to support those on the frontline battling the global virus

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'And they are finally having a light completely shone on them which makes us realise how completely lucky we are to have them.

'And I hope that lasts. I hope that loads of things happening now are still considered on the other side of the rainbow. 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 opened up about in order to help others since. She also suffered a complicated birth just a year later when she gave birth to her daughter Hollie. She slipped into a four-day coma after the placenta attached itself to a main artery and left her haemorrhaging. 

Inspiring: Amanda admitted she hadn't thought she would release her Somewhere Over The Rainbow cover - which she releases in conjunction with M&S campaign All In This Together - but that it was the perfect fit for the current health crisis

Inspiring: Amanda admitted she hadn't thought she would release her Somewhere Over The Rainbow cover - which she releases in conjunction with M&S campaign All In This Together - but that it was the perfect fit for the current health crisis

Mentor: 'I spent an excruciating afternoon playing Simon the album,' she recalled. 'Obviously I wondered what he'd think but he was actually embarrassingly complimentary which was even worse. I was waiting for dry comments from him to be honest!'

Mentor: 'I spent an excruciating afternoon playing Simon the album,' she recalled. 'Obviously I wondered what he'd think but he was actually embarrassingly complimentary which was even worse. I was waiting for dry comments from him to be honest!'

'I am of course so behind the weekly clapping for the NHS,' she added, and recounted her time working on 2009 series Out Of My Depth, which saw her spend five weeks

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