Britain's Got Talent, the TV variety show which promoted 'dodgy' acts from amongst the UK masses, comes to the boil this week and, with the final on ITV1 this Saturday, the red hot favourite is a dancing dog named Gin.
Gin, a Border Collie, rolls around and performs tricks to music accompanied by his blond owner Kate, who looks a bit gormless.
The studio audience almost rioted on Monday when Gin and Kate faced a decisive vote that resulted in Dean Wilson, a future West End musical star, being eliminated. Several bones were launched onto the stage by Gin's supporters.
Now Gin and Kate plan to upstage the other final acts and win the first prize of £100,000 and an appearance at the Royal Variety Performance by wowing judges Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden and Piers Morgan with their stunning breakdance routine to the Run DMC Hip-Hop hit It's Like That.
Prince Charles, who will be the guest of honour at the Royal Variety Performance, has given his full backing to Gin, and said yesterday that he hopes the choreographed Collie comes through on Saturday. He said:
"I love an underdog. In fact, I love all dogs, that's why I married one."