So there you have it; Simon Cowell’s dreams have come true and a dancing dog has won this year’s Britain’s Got Talent. Schoolgirl Ashleigh and her lovely prancing pooch knocked the judges’ sock off at their first audition where a very nervous Ashleigh introduced us to her best pal Pudsey, who’s a cross breed – so he’s part Border Collie, part Bichon Frise and part Chinese Crested Powder-puff. And that’s our very favourite combination.
The pair performed a routine to The Flinstones theme tune which went down a treat with Simon, “That was heaven for me, because I love The Flinstones and I love dog acts. Heaven.”
When asked if fame would change six-year-old Pudsey, Ashleigh admitted she was a little worried he could become a bit of a diva.
For their semi-final performance, Ashleigh and Pudsey took inspiration from another popular pooch – Uggie, from Oscar-winning flick The Artist. Ashleigh donned her glitziest flapper-inspired dress while Pudsey rolled, spun, jumped and skipped his way across the stage; watching out for hunky men with clapperboards. The guys got a standing ovation from the judges and the audience, and won the public vote sending them through to the final.
Making an entrance, the loveable duo were lowered onto the stage to the Mission Impossible theme tune for their final BGT performance. With lasers and tension a plenty, Ashleigh and Pudsey darted around the stage; across seesaws and through tunnels, and even across the judges’ desk – much to the delight of Simon.
The judges were beside themselves with excitement. David Walliams said they were the ones to beat and Alesha Dixon agreed. Amanda Holden exclaimed that diamonds aren’t a girl’s best friend; Pudsey is, and Simon was overcome with joy but still managed to muster up the words, “It’s miracle.”
But could they beat BGT favourites Jonathon and Charlotte – two opera singing teenagers destined for great things? Turns out they could. Ashleigh and Pudsey, Jonathon and Charlotte and Only Boys Aloud, a male choir from Wales, were in the top three – but it wasn’t to be for either singing act. The public had chosen their winner and it was a dog and his devoted owner who walked away with £500,000 and the opportunity to perform at The Royal Variety Performance.
Enjoy the prize money guys, but watch out Pudsey doesn’t spend all the dosh on Champagne, fast cars and bitches.