Our next stop's Hollywood, Pudsey! Dancing dog set to make millions off the back of Britain's Got Talent victory
23:20 GMT, 13 May 2012
He's worth an estimated 10million, has his own showbiz agent and is on his way to Hollywood.
Not bad for a dog – and a crossbreed at that.
Pudsey the capering canine was given a juicy sirloin steak by his teenage owner Ashleigh Butler yesterday after they swept to victory in the final of Britain’s Got Talent.
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Next stop Hollywood: Simon Cowell is hoping that Pudsey will be a hit in
Hollywood following his win alongside his owner Ashleigh on this year's
Britain's Got Talent
And 17-year-old Ashleigh admitted that
all the attention appeared to be going to his head, adding: ‘He’s
definitely become a diva.’
Pudsey – who was escorted by three
security guards at the ITV studios – has had his name trademarked by
Simon Cowell’s company Syco and has already received offers for a book
deal, as well as a dog food advert.
He has a pet passport ready for the
journey to Hollywood – although he will travel on Cowell’s private jet
as he is now too precious to go in a commercial aircraft hold with other
And as part of his BGT prize he will of course perform for the Queen at the Royal Variety Show later this year.
Ashleigh, from Wellingborough,
Northamptonshire, received a cheque for 500,000 after she and Pudsey
won the viewers’ vote on Saturday night.
And that is only the start of her
six-year-old pet’s money-making potential.
If as expected he continues
to work for five years, he will pull in an estimated 5million in
personal appearances at 25,000 a time, plus film work, book deals,
newspaper columns and merchandising including cuddly toys, posters and
That makes him worth many times his own weight in gold which, since he weighs 22lb, is about 320,000.
Ashleigh and Pudsey’s win, with a
routine based around the Mission: Impossible theme, attracted an an
average of 11.9million viewers and a peak audience of 14.5million – the
highest of any programme this year.
Last year’s BGT final was watched by
a peak of 14.4million.
'The people's favourite': Simon Cowell dubbed Pudsey the show's 'biggest star yet'
Admitting that she thought the
operatic singing act Jonathan and Charlotte would win, Ashleigh added:
‘I couldn’t believe it when they called our names.
‘Quite a few people came up to me
afterwards and said they cried when they watched us on stage, I know
Amanda and Alesha (judges Holden and Dixon) were in tears and my mum was
'I couldn’t stop crying – it hasn’t really sunk in yet.’
She added: ‘We were whisked away after
the show to do interviews and photos, but I know that Simon Cowell
really wanted to have his picture taken with Pudsey.
Talented duo: Ashleigh is still in shock over winning the 500,000 prize, while Pudsey was just satisfied with his sirloin steak
‘But Pudsey kept Simon Cowell waiting – I can’t honestly believe that!’
The dog, whose ancestry includes
border collie, Chinese crested powderpuff and bichon frise, was bred
by Ashleigh’s mother Penny and was going to be sold for a few hundred
pounds but was instead given to Ashleigh as an 11th birthday present. He
is now insured for 1million.
She admitted: ‘Dogs have been my life since I was about five. That’s all I have ever really known.’
The sixth-former is due to take AS
level exams in English, information technology, psychology and dance
from Friday. But she might not bother going back to school at all.
She admitted: ‘I haven’t had any time
to do any revision – don’t tell my head of Sixth! I’ve never been the
brightest or the smartest at school. After we won, mum said, “Oh, we
won’t have to worry about your results now, will we!”.’
Rising stars: Ashleigh said of her hopes for the future, 'We’ll be back soon with a whole array of dazzling dance routines so watch this space!'
Pudsey has already sired six puppies
with a bitch called Crumble, but there are no plans for him to breed
He is now being managed by showbiz agent Jonathan Shalit, who
looks after Myleene Klass and X Factor star Tulisa Contostavlos, and
discovered Charlotte Church.
Ashleigh said: ‘I started training
Pudsey in agility from 12 months and he’s been doing canine freestyle
since he was three.
'He’s still so young and absolutely loves training
and performing. If we don’t do anything for the day he runs around as if
he’s saying, “Come on, come on, let’s go”.’
She said she and Pudsey were both
exhausted after their winning performance and revealed: ‘He slept in bed
with me and I woke up before him. I was prodding him saying, “Come on,
Pudsey, wake up” – he was so tired!’
Although there is plenty of interest
from boys who would like to share her social life, Ashleigh added:
‘There’s no time for that now. My friends have been so good, but all
that will come later.’
biggest supporters: Following their win on BGT the judges couldn't wait
to get a picture with the winners of the show who beat singing duo
Jonathan Antoine and Charlotte Jaconelli
Triumphant: Ashleigh and Pudsey's routines wowed the judges until the very end
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