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    Ashleigh and her dog Pudsey win this year's Britain's Got Talent

    NewsUK Dog NewsMonday 14 May 2012
    UK dogs and puppies

    Owner Ashleigh, 17, burst into tears after she was announced the winner of this year's talent show.

    An emotional Ashleigh told viewers: "I want to say a massive thank you to everyone that voted for me, I’m so proud of Pudsey it means so much."

    Ashleigh and her pet dog Pudsey, who she has owned since she was 11 years old, have now secured a spot on this year's Royal Variety Performance. The pair also scooped £500,000.

    The dancing dog duo pipped bookies' favourites Jonathan and Charlotte, into second place.

    The act wowed the judges and viewers earlier in the night with an impressive Mission Impossible style routine.

    The energetic performance, which saw Pudsey jump on his owner's shoulders and jump through her arms, received rave reviews from the panel.

    David Walliams gushed: "The nation has fallen in love with Pudsey and you too. You are the ones to beat tonight."

    Alesha added: "You are showing how special dogs are and what you can do with the right owner and love. You are the ones to beat."

    Amanda said: "It was unbelievable and sensational. Pudsey is everybody's best friend."

    Dog lover Simon added: "You've got better and better and to do what you did in a short time is a miracle."

    The Sun revealed last night that bookies were slashing Ashleigh and Pudsey's odds ahead of the final tonight. The act saw their odds increase to 7/4 while opera duet Jonathan and Charlotte maintained their lead at 5/4.

    It is the first time a dog act has won the show. Simon Cowell, who has been on the lookout for a top dog act, revealed that "his life's work is now complete".

    Runners-up Jonathan and Charlotte, who sang Celine Dion's classical hit The Prayer, were however ecstatic to come second. Charlotte said: "Oh my god we came second. It was incredible."

    The opera singers had seemed certain to win the show after a "professional performance" in this year's final.

    Jonathan and Charlotte, who were the last to perform, have been compared to Susan Boyle, who found fame on the same show in 2009.

    Bookies Ladbrokes have already put 2/1 odds for the duo to have a number one this year and 25/1 odds for the Christmas number one.

    Welsh choir Only Boys Aloud, who sang Calon Lan, came third.

    Judges David Walliams, Simon Cowell and Alesha Dixon had earlier predicted in the series that Jonathan and Charlotte would win the show while Amanda predicted Only Boys Aloud.

    Earlier in the night, Irish singer-songwriter Ryan O'Shaughnessy brought the judges to tears after he sang his hit No Name.

    The lovesick singer, who nearly missed the final after being contracted to the The Voice in Ireland, sang the song he had written for his best friend Katie Keegan.

    The judges predicted a bright future for the star with David saying it was the "most emotional performance we've ever seen on Britain's Got Talent."

    He added: "You are going to have a very big future as a musician.

    Simon Cowell's wild card act, Manchester band The Mend, failed to make their mark in tonight's competition - despite kicking off the show in style with David Guetta's Without You.

    Camp judge David Walliams showed he had talent as he took to the stage to perform alongside The Showbears for a second time.

    David donned a silver cap and costume to sing We're Sailor Men, live on the Britain's Got Talent stage.

    Source: The Sun

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