BGT Winners Con Watchers
When Jules O’Dwyer and her performing pooch (Matisse) claimed the BGT prize of £250,000 and a place at the Royal Variety Show, they became the 2015 champions of the popular entertainment show- but their act was not as it seemed.
Their performance had a cute cops and robbers theme, which stole the hearts of the nation and beat the other acts, including the talented magician Jamie Raven who came second. In the winner’s performance, Matisse appeared to travel across a tightrope to get to one building from another, a feat that stunned and amazed the public. However, it was later revealed that the duo duped everyone by using a stunt dog called Chase, without telling anyone.
What makes it worse is that the stunt dog’s collar was blatantly on display. This has left the public feeling ripped-off and over 200 complaints flocked in overnight.
Britain’s Got Talent started in June 2007 and has been successful since, maintaining its original idea and concept. Simon Cowell, David Walliams, Alesha Dixon and Amanda Holden judge the show and new acts and creative ideas are found on the show every year.
When confronted on the matter, Jules commented, “I was just putting on a show – it was not my intention to deceive people,” she confessed. “We have never hidden the fact we have used a multitude of dogs. My other dogs are part of this family.”
Although Jules may have had the best intentions in mind for her dogs and her performance, the public feel lied to and betrayed because they were tricked into believing it was Matisse and therefore voted for him.
Many people believe that Jamie Raven should have won in place of the pair but the show has shown no sign of taking back the results, although they have admitted to the stunt dog.
Sophie, YJA Entertainment Correspondent
Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar, Alford