Ashleigh Butler says it would be a “dream come true” to win Britain’s Got Talent after winning praise for her dance routine with her dog Pudsey.
The 17-year-old Wrenn School sixth former appeared on the ITV show on Saturday night performing a dance routine to the theme of The Flintstones with her dog.
The routine won praise from the judging panel – Simon Cowell said he loved dancing dogs and said Pudsey was one of the best he had ever seen, while Alesha Dixon said the routine was “fantastic”.
Ashleigh, of Wellingborough, and Pudsey, are now waiting to see if they will get through to the next round of the contest.
The winner will receive £500,000 and will get the chance to appear at the Royal Variety Performance.
Ashleigh and Pudsey have appeared in the Evening Telegraph several times over the years when they have had success at various dog competitions, including Crufts.
Ashleigh said: “Winning Britain’s Got Talent would be a dream come true. Winning it with Pudsey as well would just mean all that much more, I’m just so proud of him, he has coped ever so well. He didn’t put a paw wrong, he was absolutely fabulous.”
Ashleigh watched the show at a friend’s house on Saturday and has watched it again numerous times since the original broadcast.
She said: “I did cry all the way through when I first watched it and the amount of times I have rewatched it must be about 50 times.
“I’ve had so much support from my friends and family – I watched the show and about 30 seconds later I had 12 texts. Everyone here has been absolutely amazing, especially people from Wellingborough Dog Training Club, I have been going there my whole life and they are like my second family.
“I never really expected the outcome that’s come out of it – I went on Britain’s Got Talent hoping for the best but this is beyond the best, this is just amazing.”