Has Amanda Holden got talent for Shrek the musical?

ASCOT, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 15: Amanda Holden attends Day One of Royal Ascot on June 15, 2010 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Stuart Wilson/Getty Images)

Amanda Holden has been showing producers behind the £10 million stage musical Shrek just how much talent she’s got.

The actress-presenter has auditioned for the role of Princess Fiona, the part voiced by Cameron Diaz in the animated Shrek films.

Amanda did an initial audition and was then recalled to sing and dance for the production team — and by all accounts ‘she played a blinder and was brilliant’.

She was, however, one of several people who tried out for the role. It’s very early days and the audition process has a long way to go. The full creative team — including directors Rob Ashford and Jason Moore, composer Jeanine Tesori, lyricist and book writer David Lindsay-Abaire and various producers from DreamWorks Theatricals and Neal Street Productions — will all need to put in their tuppence worth on what they think of prospective cast members for Shrek.

It’s a shrewd move for Amanda, who’s coming hot from the phenomenal success of the TV show Britain’s Got Talent to a stage show that’s also a well-known brand name.

The production of Shrek The musical opened on Broadway 18 months ago and was a brilliant spectacle, but it didn’t warm the heart. A touring production opening in Chicago next month has enabled the directors to overhaul it from top to bottom.