17-year old Ashleigh Butler and her 6-year old pet dog Pudsey beat the pre-final favourites 17-year old Jonathan Antoine and 16-year old Charlotte Jaconelli in tonight’s final.
It is the first time a dog act has won the Britain’s Got Talent show and will no doubt please Simon Cowell who is on record as saying he has been looking all of his life for a top-notch dog act. Well tonight he got his wish as Pudsey and Ashleigh attracted more votes than anyone else in a top-class final.
The show has got better as the series has gone on in contrast to earlier series when the best episodes were those with the car-crash acts. It has taken a few weeks but Britain;s Got Talent is now back to consistent ratings victories over BBC’s The Voice.
Britain’s Got Talent has had several acts this series that could have taken victory including the 3rd placed act Welsh schoolboy choir Only Boys Allowed and Irish singer-songwriter Ryan O’Shaughnessy.
Simon Cowell is believed to want to sign Jonathan and Charlotte regardless of tonight’s result and from the reaction they have received they should be sure of a good future. Certainly finishing 2nd in a Britain;s Got Talent final is no bad thing as Susan Boyle can attest to as she has gone on to far more success than winning act Diversity managed.
As well as the opportunity to perform in front of the Queen at this year’s Royal Variety Performance Ashley and Pudsey also share prize money of half a million pounds. That is quite a lot of doggy chews whichever way you look at it. Apparently Pudsey’s favourite snack is a ham sandwich and it seems that Ashleigh has had to bribe him with quite a few to learn tonight’s new routine.
The band have not released a record since their 2008 album Out Of Control bit Nadine Coyle has already spoken about their plans to release some new material and also tour again some time in 2013.
All of the girls have kept themselves busy since their last release together but there has always been a strong desire from their fans for the group to perform together again.
They do have some prior experience of working on Children In Need as they released a cover of The Pretender’s track I’ll Stand By You as the charity’s official single back in 2004.
A source was quoted as saying: “The plan is to release it in November. It is looking like it will be an original song. Bosses think it will be the perfect comeback hit as well as helping a good cause.”
It is thought that the reunion has been delayed by Nadine who now lives permanently in the US, so any comments she makes about a new Girls Aloud tour or new single are probably more valued than those from other members of the group. The group have not performed together since July 2009 when Nadine, Cheryl, Nicola, Kimberly and Sarah went their own ways to pursue their own individual projects.