Simon Cowell "feels like an idiot" after learning about BGT winner's stunt

Published Wednesday, Jun 3 2015, 13:04 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Simon Cowell has finally had his say on Britain's Got Talent winners Jules & Matisse, admitting he "felt like an idiot" after learning they had used a doggy stunt double during the show's final.

On Sunday, Jules O'Dwyer and her pet counterpart Matisse were crowned this year's winners of BGT. However, their joy at being champions was short-lived after viewers found out Jules had actually used a stunt double for Matisse during her act.

Jules has since spoke out saying she wasn't trying to deceive viewers by doing so, but it seems she even had head judge Simon feeling a little miffed after switching her canines mid-performance.

Simon Cowell arrives at The BGT Launch at The Mayfair Hotel - 9 April 2015.


Giving his verdict on Jules' decision to bring in a stunt double, Simon told the Daily Mirror: "I didn't really know what I was judging until afterwards, so I felt like a bit of an idiot. The moment I found out, I literally put my head in my hands."

For her show-stopping final performance, Jules had Matisse walk along a tightrope and while watching the pet pooch pull off the insane trick, viewers were left baffled.

It turns out though, it wasn't actually Matisse that took to the tightrope, but a more confident canine instead, Jules' other dog Chase.

Jules O'Dwyer and Matisse are crowned Britain's Got Talent winners 2015, 31st May 2015

© Twitter / @BGT

Insisting she was just "putting on a show", Jules insisted she has never hidden the fact she uses multiple dogs within her acts. That didn't stop music mogul Simon, however, seeking out who was responsible after the show.

He added: "I spoke to a lot of people after, and I did raise my voice. The producers are absolutely gutted... They felt embarrassed, they felt frustrated, they felt stupid but you've got to man up to this stuff.

"I was so depressed for the show, for Jules and for the producers themselves, because they are not horrible people."

Since news of Chase the doggy stunt double came to light, Jules has been criticised for taking home the Britain's Got Talent title. Insisting she is still a worthy winner, Simon has said: "I want people to feel proud of her. She did well, she should be happy."

Well, if it's good enough for Simon...

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