Amanda Holden sports a superimposed Santa hat in an old bikini snap

Amanda Holden gives a sexy twist to the Elf On The Shelf viral craze as she slaps a Santa hat and Kung-Fu Panda on a throwback bikini snap

Amanda Holden embraced the latest viral trend to sweep across social media on Wednesday morning – all while wearing a skimpy red bikini.  

The Heart breakfast co-host, 49, became the most recent in a growing list of public figures to take part in the Elf On The Shelf meme challenge after being inspired to get involved by Hollywood actress Reese Witherspoon.  

The bizarre craze, sparked by author Carol Aebersold’s 2005 children’s book of the same name, sees celebrities superimpose images of other stars whose names rhyme – often tenuously – with their own into their pictures.

Oh here we go: Amanda Holden embraced the Elf On The Shelf viral craze on Wednesday morning – all while wearing a skimpy red bikini

Evidently seeing the funny side after Reese shared an image of ‘Grease’ characters Sandy and Danny superimposed onto her right shoulder, Amanda made her own attempt in her latest social media post. 

Unearthing a four-month old picture of herself, taken as she frolicked in the sea during a UK holiday in August, the presenter superimposed a jaunty Santa hat onto her head and animated character Kung-Fu Panda onto her shoulder. 

Captioning the image, she wrote: ‘Inspired by @reesewitherspoon I present to you… Kung-Fu-Manda!’ 

Inspiration: Amanda admitted she was inspired to get involved after seeing Hollywood actress Reese Witherspoon’s effort on social media 


Getting involved: The craze sees celebrities superimpose images of other stars whose names rhyme – often tenuously – with their own into their pictures

Hilarious: Amanda saw the funny side after Reese shared an image of ‘Grease’ characters Sandy and Danny superimposed onto her right shoulder

The image used captured Amanda as she emerges from the sea in a striking red bikini, conjuring vague images of screen icon Britt Ekland striding from the ocean in James Bond classic Dr. No. 

Amanda has been littering her social media with festive excitement as she prepares for Christmas with husband Chris Hughes and their children. 

Speaking to The Sun about the festive period, she said: ‘It’s been a difficult year for us all but one of the positives to come from 2020 has been the extra time we’ve been given to engage with friends, neighbours, and our families…

Throwback: The presenter unearthed a four-month old photo of herself, taken as she frolicked in the sea during a UK holiday in August (pictured), before superimposing a Santa hat and animated character Kung-Fu Panda into the frame  

‘Home means love. This Christmas let’s all make that extra-special effort to connect in whatever way we can with one another.’

Amanda has been busier than ever since wrapping up filming for Britain’s Got Talent in October, including her music career and her work at Heart.

She recently celebrated the huge success of her new album Songs From My Heart, which was released in October.

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