VIDEO: Britain's Got Talent's TALKING DOG sparks fury!
She wowed celeb judges Simon Cowell and Amanda Holden, but it seems Britain’s Got Talent viewers were less than impressed by ‘talking dog’ contestant Miss Wendy.
The ‘talking’ pooch and owner Marc Métral were put through to the show’s semi-finals after Cowell called the act “incredible” and Amanda said: “You made TV history”, but the show’s since sparked a slew of complaints from the public when the secret behind the stunt was revealed.
Making a dog ‘talk’ involves fitting a fake snout over the animal’s nose, which is then controlled remotely to make the artificial mouth open in time with the routine. To make it seem more realistic, the snout’s camouflaged to look just like the dog’s real hair. In a similar illusion, shown on America’s Got Talent three years ago, contestant Todd Oliver used the device to make his French bulldog appear to speak.
One viewer wrote on Twitter: “That’s not talent [and it] should be looked into for animal abuse.”
After Saturday’s episode of the show, broadcasting regulator Ofcom received 21 complaints over the talking dog, while ITV received a further 35. UK animal welfare charity the RSPCA said it would work to “ascertain what methods were used”.
“We would be very concerned if it became clear that [the dog] was caused distress,” a spokesman said. “Distress could result from her being unable to breathe or pant properly whilst wearing a mask on stage – in an environment which can get very warm, it is essential that panting is not restricted.”
But French ventriloquist Marc Métral insisted Miss Wendy “loves performing”. “I’ve been working with Wendy since she was a puppy,’ he said. ‘I would never put her in a situation that would cause her distress. She gets excited when we go to work and is always comfortable on stage.” Britain’s Got Talent also defended the act, with a spokesman saying RSPCA guidelines were followed during the audition process. “We are comfortable that Mr Métral’s act complies with the guidelines and we look forward to hearing from the RSPCA to talk through the methods used”, he added. Cowell has always dismissed claims that having animals on the show is cruel. He’s previously said: “No, I think the opposite! We show animals’ personalities. “I think they all have a great time on our show – you can see the dogs are wagging their tails.”
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