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Canine Britain's Got Talent star's owner eyes Hollywood career

Trip Hazard's owner has her sights set on doggy stardom.

The owner of Trip Hazard, the canine star of Britain's Got Talent's current series is eyeing a Hollywood career for her pet.

Lucy Heath and her hound will compete in the semi-finals of the 2016 edition of the U.K. TV talent contest on Thursday (26May16) and she wants to follow in the trail of last year's (15) winner Jules O'Dwyer and her dog Matisse.

If she makes it through to the final on Saturday (28May16) and emerges victorious Lucy is looking for Trip to follow the example set by the show's 2012's canine champion Pudsey and embark on a film career.

"I think we could do Trip Hazard the movie," she smiled to Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper. "He's got so much to offer. I'd love to take him on the road so lots of people could see him perform tricks, as long as it didn't go against his welfare."

In 2014 Pudsey starred in his own movie, in which he was voiced by BGT judge David Walliams.

The 30-year-old dog lover has a motive other than movie stardom for wanting her pooch to win over the public and judges David, Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon with tricks including backflips and triple roly-polies.

The professional dog trainer thinks that Trip, a Maltese-Pomeranian cross-breed, can help change the perception that small dogs are accessories, which she believes has been promoted by certain celebrities including Paris Hilton, who famously carried her pet Chihuahua Tinkerbell around in a handbag.

"I want to fly the flag for small dogs," Lucy explained. "A lot of people don't even think to train them, but actually they're really clever and nice to train. They love it. I want to change their stereotypes.

"It annoys me when I see people like Paris Hilton walking around with dogs in their handbags as it's not giving them the opportunity to be real dog."

However Lucy and Trip may face an uphill battle to win the £250,000 prize, after the controversy that surrounded Jules and Matisse's 2015 win.

Bosses at ITV, the channel which airs the talent show, offered refunds to viewers who had paid to vote for the act via telephone after it was revealed that another dog, rather than Matisse, had performed some of the tricks that impressed the public.

Judge Alesha has also declared that she'd prefer the top prize not to go to a canine act for the second year in a row.

Even if Lucy's dreams of a Hollywood career for her beloved hound fail to materialise, he and his owner still have a big future ahead of them as she wants to involve trip and her other dogs in her wedding to fiance Craig Jewkes, 31.

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