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TV watchdog launches official investigation into Britain’s Got Talent ‘stunt double dog’

Published 15/06/2015 | 13:48

Britain's Got Talent hosts Ant and Dec with Jules Dwyer and Mattise
Britain's Got Talent hosts Ant and Dec with Jules Dwyer and Mattise

THE TV watchdog in the UK has launched an investigation into the Britain’s Got Talent winning act Jules O’Dwyer and dog Matisse.

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Ofcom received 1,150 complaints over the fact it wasn’t made clear that during the winning a routine that a different dog performed the tightrope segment of the act.

The portion of the act won wide praise on social media, and was credited with giving the victory to the duo.

An Ofcom spokesman said: "We've opened an investigation to determine whether viewers of ITV's Britain's Got Talent final, who may have paid money to vote, were misled about the competition."

ITV has admitted it should have been made clearer to viewers that a stunt double was being used.

The probe will cause a major headache for Simon Cowell – if Ofcom finds against the show he could be left with the dilemma of whether to strip the duo of the crown.

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