The actress, 31, is apprehensively preparing to star in the new series of All Star Musicals, which will see seven celebrities go head-to-head performing song and dance numbers in a bid to impress a panel of West End experts. Addressing the ITV talent show, Emmerdale’s Amy Walsh admitted she hadn’t asked her former co-star Michael Parr, 32, who took part in last year’s series, if she should take on the challenge before she signed up. “I didn’t and I should have!” she told this week’s OK! Magazine. “He was in LA when I got it and I didn’t tell him until a few weeks ago, but he said, ‘Babe, you’ll love it, it’s amazing and just enjoy it.’
“I said, ‘Yeah, but I can’t really because I’m absolutely petrified!’” she quipped.
Amy revealed the nerves had kicked in during rehearsals for All Star Musicals, explaining: “I suddenly realised what I was doing and my legs started trembling!
“It has been really tough and I haven’t wanted to let myself down, but at the same time I’ve felt totally out of my depth,” she added.
“I’ve had a few meltdowns. Elaine Paige came into our rehearsals when I was ill and gave some honest feedback, which no one wants to hear from Elaine Paige!”
The actress said she “wasn’t really ready” to perform her song in front of musical theatre legend Elaine, 71, saying she had been busy going back and forth between All Star Musicals preparations in London and up north for Emmerdale filming.
“She said I was flat at one point, which was awful!” she told the publication. “She was absolutely right but I wanted to defend myself and be like, “I haven’t had a proper rehearsal yet!’
“It was the kick up the bum I needed. I am living and breathing this b****y song!’
Elaine will be acting as a mentor and judge on the new series off All Star Musicals, which is set to be hosted by John Barrowman, 52.
The judging panel will be completed by Wicked star Kristen Chenoweth, 50, Aladdin favourite Trevor Dion Nicholas and Strictly Come Dancing and Rock of Ages performer Kevin Clifton, 36.
Alongside Amy, stars including Alan Titchmarsh, 69, Martin Lewis, 46, and Joel Dommett, 33, will all be taking to the stage.
Meanwhile, Amy joined the cast of Emmerdale in 2014.
She has also starred in Hollyoaks Later and has made appearances on Celebrity Chase and The Big Quiz: Coronation Street vs. Emmerdale.
In the ITV soap, Amy’ character Tracy looks set to become tangled in Maya Stepney’s (played by Louisa Clein) web of lies as the teacher continues her sordid affair with 16-year-old Jacob Gallagher (Joe-Warren Plant).
Next week, Tracy will hear noises upstairs when she arrives home unexpectedly, with Maya thinking fast to cover her relationship with Jacob by telling her that Leyla Harding (Roxy Shahidi) is upstairs with a man.
The lie leads to the plot thickening further when Tracy later sees Leyla talking to Billy Fletcher (Jay Kontzle) angrily confronting the pair as she assumes they were the ones getting hot and heavy.
Emmerdale continues tonight at 7pm on ITV and All Star Musicals airs Sunday at 6pm on ITV.
Read the full interview with Amy Walsh in this week’s OK! Magazine — out now.