WELLINGBOROUGH’S Ashleigh Butler and her dog Pudsey were named champions of Britain’s Got Talent last night with 39 per cent of the vote, newly-released figures show.
Voting statistics released by ITV following the final show Ashleigh and Pudsey received 39 per cent of the votes, while second-placed Jonathan and Charlotte took 25.8 per cent of the vote and third-placed Only Boys Aloud got 15.8 per cent.
Ashleigh, 17, and Pudsey’s prize is £500,000 and a place on the Royal Variety Performance to perform for the Queen.
Staff and pupils at Wrenn School, Wellingborough, where Ashleigh is in the lower sixth form, gathered at the school last night to watch the final in the hall with members of Ashleigh’s family and members of Wellingborough Dog Training Club, of which Ashleigh is a member.
After they performed for the first time on the final, Ashleigh and Pudsey received praise from the show’s four judges.
Simon Cowell said the pair were “one of my favourite ever acts” and said: “I adore both of you”.
David Walliams said: “Ashleigh I can’t believe you have come out here and done another new act. I don’t know how long it takes to train Pudsey to do these acts but it’s the third original act we have seen from you, which is extraordinary, and the nation has fallen in love, not just with Pudsey but you too Ashleigh.”
After she was named the winner a shocked Ashleigh told hosts Ant and Dec: “I just want to say a massive thank you for everyone that voted for me and I am just so proud of Pudsey and it means so much.”
For all the details about last night’s final and reaction from Ashleigh and Pudsey’s fans, see Monday’s Evening Telegraph.