By Sarah Bull

Hospitalised: Amanda Holden has pulled out of the Blackpool auditions for Britian's Got Talent today as she is under observation at hospital in London

Amanda Holden was taken to hospital today after signs that she was going into labour.

The 40-year-old star, who is believed to be over eight months pregnant, pulled out of the Blackpool auditions of Britain's Got Talent and was admitted to hospital in London after she began suffering pains, it has been reported.

The mother-of-one is now 'under observation' at the hospital, according to a spokesperson for the actress.

Holden had been due to join fellow judges Simon Cowell, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams at a luxurious hotel in Lytham St Annes this morning before the auditions, but was instead taken to an obstectrics unit.

It is believed that plans for filming the auditions in Blackpool were rejigged once the actress was taken to hospital.

A spokesperson for Britain's Got Talent confirmed that the Blackpool auditions would be going ahead today with just the three judges.

Continuing as normal: The Blackpool auditions will be going ahead today with the three other judges, Alesha Dixon, Simon Cowell and David Walliams

Amanda, who suffered the tragedy of having a son stillborn last year, was seen over the weekend looking happy and relaxed as she attended the Manchester auditions for the show on Sunday.

The actress donned a tight minidress and sky-high heels as she left her hotel to make her way to the auditions.

But after criticism that she shouldn't have been wearing heels at such a late stage of pregnancy, Amanda took to her Twitter page to defend herself.

She wrote: 'I walk less than 25metres a day in heels whilst up the duff!#justsaying!'

Meanwhile, Britain's Got Talent presenter Declan Donnelly said he would be up for the challenge of delivering Amanda's baby if she went into labour on the show.

He said: 'We've done everything else on this show - we've had animals, we've had kids - so delivering a baby is just another day on Britain's Got Talent!'

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