Britain’s Got Talent finalist Faryl Smith has urged her fans to give the dog a phone and help Ashleigh and Pudsey go one step further.
The 16-year-old mezzo-soprano from Kettering, who was catapulted to stardom after making the final of the ITV talent show in 2008, has backed Wellingborough schoolgirl Ashleigh Butler, 17, and her dancing dog Pudsey to win it on Saturday.
In an open letter Faryl said: “She has done our county proud, so please everyone, pick up that telephone and help her achieve her goal.”
Ashleigh and Pudsey are second favourites behind singers Jonathan and Charlotte to bank the £500,000 cash prize and bag a spot at the Royal Variety Performance at five to two, according to Blue Square Bet.
The Wrenn School pupil and Pudsey, a six-year-old cross of border collie, bichon frise and Chinese crested powder puff, have pledged to put everything into their live final performance, which is expected to be watched by more than 10 million viewers.
The duo were the first act to be voted through to the final after receiving a standing ovation from the audience and all four judges for their semi-final routine last weekend.
All four judges have praised the unique act, but Simon Cowell seems to be their biggest fan.
More than 1,000 people are following them on social networking website Twitter and fans have been sending Ashleigh emails of support.
Faryl, who is concentrating on her A-Levels at Southfield School for Girls in Kettering after releasing two smash hit albums, advised Ashleigh to enjoy the attention.
She said: “I would tell her to make sure she enjoys it. It goes so quickly.
“BGT is different to X-Factor. It’s literally over in about a week.
“Make sure you take in everything, as much as you can.”