Britain's Got Talent stars bring canine twist to pantoBy Joe Finnerty
December 20, 2012
THE ‘pawesome’ duo who headline this year’s Woking panto could not wait to get started.
Ashleigh and Pudsey, the loveable pair, who danced to victory in this year’s Britain's Got Talent are the star turn in Dick Whittington, at the New Victoria Theatre.
And Ashleigh was looking forward to showing off her purr-fect abilities on stage having been a long-term drama and dance enthusiast.
She said: “It is going to be our first, it’s our debut and I’m really looking forward to it. I have always been into drama and dance so this is perfect for me.
“I want to show a different side of myself because most people look at Pudsey. I am looking forward to showing people as well as performing and dancing, me and Pudsey can act.”
But undoubtedly everybody will be wanting to see what tricks Pudsey has in store, and whether he will perform his famed ‘backwards walking’ dance move.
But how will he cope with Dick Whittington’s cat?
“It is not a real cat thank god, hopefully he will think that it looks a bit funny,” joked Ashleigh. “He is not going to be in the whole panto, that would be way too much, but we’ve got a new performance in there and I think a lot of people will want to see him doing his tricks.”
It has been a whistle-stop tour of the globe so far for Ashleigh and Pudsey since their win in May, topped off by appearing with legendary TV chat show host Jay Leno in America before penning Pudsey’s autobi-dog-raphy.
She said: “It seems years and years ago. I have done things I never expected, the experience has been phenomenal, we owe a lot of people a lot of thanks.
“Going to America and doing the Jay Leno show was amazing, I was sitting on the same sofa as Morgan Freeman. It seems like a dream, I look back and think did I really win Britain’s Got Talent, even now I have times when I think ‘did I do that’.”
After all that, you would assume Ashleigh would want a quiet Christmas but signing up for a panto is certainly no holiday. “With panto everyone says it is amazing and it is like a family,” said Ashleigh. “My nan always took me to pantos, it is very happy and panto is Christmas and I love Christmas.”
She added: “Just come, it is going to be an absolutely phenomenal panto, this could be the biggest and best one.”