BGT Winners Con Watchers

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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

Year 7

Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar, Alford

3 Responses to BGT Winners Con Watchers

  1. Isaac Astronomy correspondent (primary) June 8, 2015 at 9:08 am

    Personally, I think Cor Glanethwy should of won! My brother and I were appalled when we found out the the doggy duo won! Worse still when I found out it was a con!

  2. Hannah June 8, 2015 at 8:14 pm

    Such an interesting article. I think they should have told the audience and judges about the stunt dog but personally I think they would have won anyway! 🙂

  3. Summer Clark June 10, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    Their performance was incredible. I personally don’t believe that the use of Jules’ other Collie matters – the use of an additional dog doesn’t make the performance any less amazing. At the end of the day, it shows what an AMAZING dog trainer Jules is, and, being a HUGE dog lover and trainer myself, this is to be appreciated. I find it almost pathetic at how much of a big deal people are making of it. Jules trained THREE dogs to an amazing standard, one being Skippy. This is even more impressive! Jules loves her dogs to pieces. She only used Chase instead of Matisse for the tightrope act because she knew Matisse was afraid. She had her dog’s best interests at heart, and the dogs were all happy and safe performing what they did – that is all that really matters. Jules has put SUCH work and effort into training her three incredible dogs, which thoroughly deserves the BGT win.