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Sunday 20 April 2014

Animals lose magic in talent show

Ant and Dec said there hasn't been much animal magic on BGT so far

Britain's Got Talent hasn't had much animal magic this year after a string of pet performers failed to live up to the success of last year's winners - dancing dog act Ashleigh and Pudsey.

Host Declan Donnelly said the animals were not a patch on Pudsey.

He said: "We had a dancing raccoon that didn't really dance. It did take a poo outside the judges' room though. We also had a painting donkey that didn't paint."

The donkey failed to impress judge Alesha Dixon as well who said: "It was supposed to be an amazing painter but it just stood there and didn't really do anything. There was also one dog act where I think I said to the owner 'My dog can do more tricks than that dog'."

Dec said he hoped it was "the turn of the humans" to win this year's series which starts on ITV on Saturday.

His co-host Ant McPartlin said: "We're massive fans of variety acts, so it would be nice to have a different type of act winning.

"A comedian, a magician or an old school variety act would be good. We've got lots of them this year, but they need to be a modern take on variety."

Teenager Ashleigh Butler and her bichon frise-border collie-Chinese crested cross pet are set to star in Pudsey: The Movie later this year after already releasing a biography and clocking up appearances on numerous TV shows since their win.

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