Pudsey The Dog Wins Britain's Got Talent
May 14, 2012
A teenager and her dog have won Britain's Got Talent and a £500,000 cash prize as well as the chance to appear at the Royal Variety Performance.
Ashleigh Butler, 17, from Northampton, and her pet, Pudsey, won the ITV talent show with a routine to the theme tune for Mission Impossible.
They beat favourites pop-opera duo Jonathan and Charlotte as well as dance troupes, synchronised swimmers and a Welsh choir in the final.
Miss Butler wept as she was told she had won and expressed her pride in her dog, who is a mix of border collie, bichon frise and a Chinese crested cross.
Judge Simon Cowell even said the pair were one of his "favourite ever acts".
"I adore both of you. You have got better and better as the competition has progressed and to do what you did in such a short time is a miracle," he said.
Comedian panellist David Walliams added: "I don't know how long it takes to train Pudsey but it is the third original act we have seen from you which is extraordinary.
"The nation has fallen in love, not just with Pudsey but with you, too."
Miss Butler joked that Pudsey had become "very diva-ish" during the last week, demanding steak dinners.