Even Simon Cowell 'wasnt aware' there was another dog in the Britain's Got Talent act
When Jules O’Dwyer and her dog Matisse were crowned winner of Britain’s Got Talent on Sunday night, nobody knew that Jules had used a stunt double dog.
We weren’t the only ones who were kept out of the loop though as it turns out BGT judge Simon Cowell, 55, was also totally clueless about the doggy double.
Admitting that Matisse is afraid of heights, 49-year-old Jules revealed on Monday that a second border collie named Chase was used for the tightrope part of her act.
Now a Simon Cowell insider has revealed: ‘Simon wasn’t aware during the performance that Chase was doing the high wire act.’
But they added: ‘There are no plans for Jules to lose her title.’
Well, if Simon had no idea, then how were we to know!? Simon, who is the proud owner of two dogs himself (Squiddly and Diddly), was a big fan of Matisse and even gave the adorable collie a big kiss after the show’s final on Sunday.
When Jules admitted that she’d misled the audience with her act, Twitter went crazy.
One user wrote: ‘I’ve just been informed that Matisse had a stunt double doing the tightrope walk. Absolutely fuming. I voted for that dog!!!!’
Another wrote: ‘The winner deceived the public…but the people running the show must have known.’
Well, obviously not!
In fact, TV regulartor OfCom has already received a whopping 200 complaints from unhappy viewers!
Speaking on ITV’s Lorraine, Jules admitted:
‘Although he (Matisse) could physically do it, the other dog is the dog that actually did it, he’s the dog that says ‘I’m the action dog’, he plays the double.’
Attempting to justify her actions, Jules added: ‘Why put pressure on the dog, when I have another dog who can perform on television?’
Jules’ winning act was watched by over 13.4 million people over the weekend and they managed to get 22.6 per-cent of the vote.
In a statement, BGT have said that ‘Jules’ act involves a team of dogs’. It adds: ‘We are sorry if this was not made clearer.’
Upon winning this year’s BGT, Jules was awarded £250,000 and a chance to perform at the Royal Variety Performance.