ITV will be breathing a sigh of relief today as the Britain’s Got Talent final peaked with 13.4 million viewers. Jules O’Dwyer and her performing dog Matisse won £250,000 and a slot at this year’s Royal Variety Performance in December. She beat magician Jamie Raven, who earlier wowed the judges with a lemon-related trick.
An average of 11.7 million viewers watched the two-and-a-half-hour extravaganza on ITV last night, making it the most watched programme of 2015 so far. The show was on the up on the 2014 final, won by Collabro, which attracted an average of 10.7 million viewers.
Jules O’Dwyer has admitted that her winning dog Matisse was not the dog which walked across the ropes in the final on Sunday. She told ITV’s Lorraine programme this morning that Matisse is not good with heights so a double was used. A three legged dog also featured in the act which the four judges gave a standing ovation for.
One of the early favourites, Calum Scott, came in sixth place after his forgot some of the words during his performance of ‘Diamonds’. Scott was featured on the first audition show, winning over the judges and the audience with his cover of Robyn’s ‘Dancing On My Own’. He impressed Simon Cowell so much that he pressed his golden buzzer.