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Pudsey's Got Talent as dog scoops half a million win on BGT

Undated ITV handout photo of Ashleigh and Pudsey, one of this year's finalists in ITV1's Britain's Got Talent. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday May 11, 2012. See PA story SHOWBIZ Talent Contestants. Photo credit should read: ITV/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated ITV handout photo of Ashleigh and Pudsey, one of this year's finalists in ITV1's Britain's Got Talent. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday May 11, 2012. See PA story SHOWBIZ Talent Contestants. Photo credit should read: ITV/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Britain's Got Talent winner Ashleigh Butler believes her victorious dog Pudsey would be perfect for Hollywood roles like the one played by Uggie in Oscar-winning film The Artist.

Britain's Got Talent winner Ashleigh Butler believes her victorious dog Pudsey would be perfect for Hollywood roles like the one played by Uggie in Oscar-winning film The Artist.



Pudsey is enjoying his new found fame and dined on steak after victory, and Miss Butler says if he gets his paws on a Tinseltown role she will be by his side.



The teenager is adamant that she and her pet will not be separated but is aware that the dancing dog could be a movie star in the making.



She said: "I did watch The Artist and thought it was an amazing film and Uggie was absolutely brilliant and, you know, I think Pudsey would be perfect for that kind of thing because he loves film work and looking at cameras."



Miss Butler says she is not afraid Pudsey's fame will split them up, because she is certain he could not cope away from her.



She said: "If Pudsey did go to Hollywood I'd have to go with him because, you know, there's no way you're going to separate me and Pudsey.



"We're always going to be together, and, you know, I don't think he'd ever want to go away from me.



"It's different with film work - I'd still be directing him, I'd still be there helping him out, but he'd never go off to a different country or even a different part of a country without me."





The BGT winner is part of the first animal act to win the competition.



Miss Butler, who won £500,000 in prize money, is due to sit A level exams in the coming weeks and says she is a little worried about her lack of dedication to her studies.



"It's a little bit scary and I haven't revised, I'm not going to lie," she said.



She added: "I think I've just got to do my best and have a look at my results and see where it takes me from there."



The Britain's Got Talent final silenced The Voice last night by pulling in double the audience as the BBC1 show suffered a ratings collapse.



An average of 11.4 million saw Ashleigh and Pudsey triumph against 5.6 million for The Voice.



ITV claimed the programme was the highest rating show of the year so far, nudging ahead of a Coronation Street episode which pulled in 11.2 million in January.



Adding viewers for ITV's +1 channel brought the audience to 11.9 million for the BGT finale, with a peak audience of 14.5 million. The peak without +1 was 13.8 million.



Last night show boss Simon Cowell declared the series the best ever, and invited judges Alesha Dixon, Amanda Holden and David Walliams to return next year.



But it was dismal news for The Voice, which has seen its audience plummet. At one stage, when station bosses had scheduled a series of head-to-head clashes, The Voice had won the ratings battle for three consecutive weeks - but since then it has been losing pace as viewers have lost interest in the show.



It was also hampered by a much earlier start last night - 50 minutes earlier than normal.



Peter Fincham, ITV's director of television, said: "Britain's Got Talent 2012 has been an amazing series, with an incredibly high calibre of acts, culminating in a really special final.



"We are delighted that viewers tuned in in their millions to watch Ashleigh and Pudsey be crowned this year's winner



Pudsey is enjoying his new found fame and dined on steak after last night's victory, and Miss Butler says if he gets his paws on a Tinseltown role she will be by his side.



The teenager is adamant that she and her pet will not be separated but is aware that the dancing dog could be a movie star in the making.



She said: "I did watch The Artist and thought it was an amazing film and Uggie was absolutely brilliant and, you know, I think Pudsey would be perfect for that kind of thing because he loves film work and looking at cameras."



Miss Butler says she is not afraid Pudsey's fame will split them up, because she is certain he could not cope away from her.



She said: "If Pudsey did go to Hollywood I'd have to go with him because, you know, there's no way you're going to separate me and Pudsey.



"We're always going to be together, and, you know, I don't think he'd ever want to go away from me.



"It's different with film work - I'd still be directing him, I'd still be there helping him out, but he'd never go off to a different country or even a different part of a country without me."



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