Jules O'Dwyer & Matisse

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Jules O'Dwyer & Matisse
Years active2015–present
OccupationDog trick act
Members
  • Jules O'Dwyer
  • Matisse
  • Chase
  • Skippy

Jules O'Dwyer & Matisse are a British dog dancing act, comprising trainer Jules O'Dwyer, a 52-year-old woman, and her dog Matisse, a male[1] Border Collie. Together they won the ninth series of Britain's Got Talent in 2015.[1]

Career[edit]

Britain's Got Talent[edit]

Jules O'Dwyer & Matisse participated in the ninth series of Britain's Got Talent. For their audition in episode 7, O'Dwyer took the role of a dog catcher with Matisse portraying a stray dog. In addition to telling a story, Matisse performed a variety of canine freestyle tricks. The routine earned them four yes votes from the judges.[2] On 23 May 2015 it was announced that they were one of the semi-finalists.[3] They performed during the second semi-finals on 26 May. This time O'Dwyer acted as toy maker with Matisse being a toy. The act included another of O'Dwyer's dogs, Chase, who looks like Matisse.[4] They received 29.3% of the viewers' votes, earning them first place in the semi-final and a place in the final.[5]

Their performance in the final, on 31 May, consisted of O'Dwyer being a policewoman and Matisse a sausage thief. O'Dwyer included two of her other dogs, Chase and Skippy, in the act. Matisse performed numerous tricks, but the biggest trick was a dog scaling a tightrope.[6] At the end of the night, it was revealed that Jules O'Dwyer & Matisse were the winners,[7][8] receiving 22.6% of the votes.[5] The runner-up, Jamie Raven, lost by 2.2%.[5][9] The following day, O'Dwyer stated in an interview that Chase did the tightrope trick. The viewers were unaware of this because Matisse and Chase look very similar. Some viewers felt that they were tricked or misled since they didn't know that Chase was in the act and assumed that one dog did all the tricks.[10][11] Ofcom received upwards of 200 complaints over the incident in their final performance. Although no formal action was taken, Simon Cowell has said that they will not be stripped of their £250,000 prize money.[12] On 17 August 2015 Ofcom ruled that Britain's Got Talent had misled the public, acknowledging that ITV did not intend to deceive viewers - it said they were ultimately misled - having received in excess of 1000 complaints, to that date. Ofcom said ITV broke rule 2.14 of the broadcasting code which states that "broadcasters must ensure that viewers... are not materially misled about any broadcast competition or voting".[13]

Jules O'Dwyer and Matisse are the second dog act to win Britain's Got Talent. The previous one was Ashleigh & Pudsey who won in 2012.[14]

Personal life[edit]

They currently live in Tongeren, Belgium.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Battersby, Matilda (31 May 2015). "Britain's Got Talent winner: Jules O'Dwyer and Matisse win with tightrope-walking act". The Independent. Retrieved 22 July 2017.
  2. ^ "Catch Jules and Matisse the dog in action". ITV. 23 May 2015. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  3. ^ "Full list of Britain's Got Talent 2015 semi-finalists". ITV. 23 May 2015. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  4. ^ "Jules and Matisse are seeing double". ITV. 26 May 2015. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  5. ^ a b c "BGT 2015: the votes revealed". ITV. 31 May 2015. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  6. ^ "Jules and Matisse have their eye on the prize". ITV. 31 May 2015. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  7. ^ "Jules and Matisse are the winners of Britain's Got Talent". ITV. 31 May 2015. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  8. ^ Finbow, Katy (31 May 2015). "Jules O'Dwyer and Matisse the dog win Britain's Got Talent 2015 - Britain's Got Talent News - Reality TV". Digital Spy. Retrieved 1 June 2015.
  9. ^ Lee, Ben (1 June 2015). "Britain's Got Talent voting figures revealed: Matisse beat Jamie Raven by just 2% - Britain's Got Talent News - Reality TV". Digital Spy. Retrieved 1 June 2015.
  10. ^ Lee, Ben (1 June 2015). "Britain's Got Talent winner Matisse the dog didn't actually do that tightrope walk - Britain's Got Talent News - Reality TV". Digital Spy. Retrieved 1 June 2015.
  11. ^ "Anger after BGT winner Matisse revealed to have used 'stunt dog'". ITV. 1 June 2015. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  12. ^ Glanfield, Emma (3 June 2015). "'I felt like an idiot': Simon Cowell's fury at being duped by fake Matisse on Britain's Got Talent". Mail Online. Retrieved 15 July 2015.
  13. ^ "BGT misled viewers over winning dog act, Ofcom rules". 17 August 2015 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  14. ^ Nathan, Sara (13 May 2012). "Our next stop's Hollywood, Pudsey!". Mail Online. Retrieved 15 July 2015.
  15. ^ MB (7 June 2015). "Top dog Matisse receives death threats". Flanders News. Retrieved 15 July 2015.
Preceded by
Collabro
Winner of Britain's Got Talent
2015
Succeeded by
Richard Jones