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BGT bosses: We’re sorry for misleading fans

Published 02/06/2015

Britain’s Got Talent bosses have issued an apology after it was revealed a stunt dog featured in Jules O’Dwyer and Matisse’s winning act on Sunday.

Winning act Jules O’Dwyer and Matisse, the performing dog, used a stunt canine for the most impressive section of their act. The segment featured a dog, which many viewers believed to be Matisse, walking along a tight-rope, but it was in fact a second dog named Chase.

“The audience had previously seen from Jules’ semi-final routine that she works with a second dog Chase alongside Matisse. For the final performance, as Jules has said publicly herself, Chase completed the tight-rope walking section of the act,” a spokesperson said in a statement. “During the competition viewers have seen that Jules' act involves a team of dogs, including Chase and Skippy, alongside starring dog Matisse, to perform her unique mixture of dog agility and story-telling. We are sorry if this was not made clearer to the judges and viewers at home during their final performance."

Following her performance, judges Amanda Holden, Simon Cowell, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams heaped praise on the 49-year-old and Matisse. And while Chase had featured in her semi-final act, and another dog with three legs called Skippy also appeared in the final, it wasn’t made clear that Chase had once again taken part in the performance, leaving many fans feeling cheated.

But on Monday, Jules admitted she was shocked at the backlash she had received since her £250,000 win.

“Matisse is a little bit afraid of heights so although he could officially physically do it, Chase is the action dog, so he plays the double for him,” she explained on TV show Lorraine, before later adding to outlets including Digital Spy, ”Now I have a choice – I have a dog that can do it at that height, and I have a dog that I would have to push in three days to go from this to this. Why put the pressure on my dog when I've got a dog that can perform it?"

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