Ofcom have launched an official investigation into whether or not viewers were misled in this year's Britain's Got Talent finale, when a stunt double dog was used to perform a tight-rope stunt helping to secure the BGT winner's title, prize money and slot at the Royal Variety show.

Credit: ITV

Credit: ITV

1,150 complaints were launched with the watchdog after it emerged that winner act Jules O'Dwyer and dog Matisse had used a double hiding on-stage for the trick.

A spokesman confirmed: "We've opened an investigation to determine whether viewers of ITV's Britain's Got Talent final, who may have paid money to vote, were misled about the competition."

Producers have apologised since the finale, saying that the use of O'Dwyer's other dog Chase should have been made clearer both to viewers and the judges.

Beating out magician Jamie Raven for the top spot, Jules said that she didn't use Matisse for the tight-rope because he's not a fan of heights.

"I introduced Chase in the semi-final, and I said Chase is Matisse's best mate. Why put the pressure on the dog when I already have another dog who can perform it on television?" Jules has said since the controversy.

Despite that, show boss Simon Cowell has said "no-one set out to fool anybody" and blamed the "confusion" of a live show and performance for the mix-up, stating we should now "accept" Jules won the series.

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