Last night the nation was wowed when Jules O’Dwyer and her dog, Matisse, gave a flawless performance as Britain’s Got Talent finalists, going on to win the show and secure a spot on the Royal Variety.
However, all was not as it seemed.
In an interview on Lorraine this morning, Jules admitted that the most impressive stunt of the night, which saw Matisse walk across a tightrope, was actually performed by his stunt double because he is scared of heights.
She explained: “Although he could physically do it, the other canine is the dog that actually did it, he’s the dog that says I’m the action dog, he plays the double for him.
“Matisse, I don’t want to give too much information but we decided what he was supposed to be doing because he likes to ad lib a lot. He’s a bit of a diva.”
And although we can’t help but find the entire notion of Matisse being scared of heights all kinds of adorable, some fans of the show have taken to Twitter to express their “outrage” at being “lied to”:
Jules’ lookalike Matisse dog is no real surprise to viewers as he first made an appearance during her semi-final performance, where she also admitted that she had a lot more performing dogs where those two came from, which makes us feel that it wasn’t exactly one big “lie”?
After all, you can’t deny that whichever dog did whichever part of the performance, it was still super impressive and, to be fair, it was Jules’ talent as a dog trainer and a choreographer that really won the show; the dogs are just the performers: