Amanda Holden believes musical TV shows have removed the "snobbery" associated with theatre.
The blonde star was the presenter of talent show 'Superstar' - which gave people the chance to audition to play the lead role in a new production of 'Jesus Christ Superstar' - and she thinks the series and others in the genre have made musicals more accessible to the general public.
Speaking at the opening night of the stage show at The O2 in London, Amanda told BANG Showbiz: "I think shows like 'Superstar' have killed a bit of the snobbery of theatre. It's made it right for people who've been on TV or been in these kind of shows to then go into the West End or wherever else.
"I think with the state of the economy as it is the West End box offices need all the help they can get and if television helps and if television names get people into the theatre that can only be a good thing."
Amanda has got nothing but praise for Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber for inventing the musical star search TV format - which began with 'How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?' in 2006.
The 41-year-old star worked with Lord Webber - who has co-written some of the most acclaimed musicals of all-time, including 'Jesus Christ Superstar', 'Cats' and 'The Phantom of the Opera' - on 'Superstar' and admits it was inspiring to be around such a creative genius.
Speaking about the theatre impresario, Amanda said: "Longevity is everything in this business and that's the only way to sort of prove yourself - it's to keep being around and keep turning out good stuff and obviously that's what he's been doing. When I was at drama school - I was on the musical theatre course as it's what I wanted to do - Andrew Lloyd Webber was God to me. And to now say he's a friend is just incredible and you know he's told me his next project and everything he's doing and I'm like, 'Oh my god!' He's lovely. He's so talented but such a warm, genuine man and he mentored the guys (in 'Superstar'). From the moment he woke up and he would be in the studio with them all day - he really works hard."
'Jesus Christ Superstar' has a cast which includes 'Superstar' winner Ben Forster, Mel C, Tim Minchin and Chris Moyles and it is touring the UK for the next month. Visit ww.jesuschristsuperstar.com for more information.