Viewers will see dog lover Simon Cowell appear to resist the charms of a hypnotic hound in tonight’s Britain’s Got Talent.
Cowell, who is regularly photographed with his dogs Squiddly and Diddly, got on stage after Krystyna Lennon and her dog Princess had performed their act on members of the audience and presenting duo Ant and Dec.
But he failed to fall under her spell, saying: “Nothings happening.
“It’s just a normal dog, it’s just a dog with a huge tongue staring at me”, although later on in the show he appeared to fall asleep at his desk.
Other acts on the show include singer Paul Manners who proudly boasted of singing at Peter Andre’s brother’s wedding but then proceeded to forget the words to his own song Hold You (In My Arms).
Ant made fun of his forgetfulness, telling the audience: “He wrote it, produced it, mastered it, forgot it.”
But David Walliams came to his defence telling the Geordie duo: “If you two can have a pop career, it’s possible for anybody.”
Cowell said he did not fake being hypnotised by a dog.
He said: “No! 100% real. I was feeling sleepy and then fell asleep. It’s almost like your brain tells you to do something which you shouldn’t be doing but you just go along with it. The next thing is, you’ve actually fallen asleep. I always said I wanted to find a cat that could play the guitar. I think we’ve done pretty well finding a dog that can hypnotise people! I just want to own the dog. I could literally rule the world with this dog because all it does is stare at you and you do whatever it wants.”
Dec said: “We had to go and spend a bit of time with the dog beforehand, about half an hour so that it could do its thing and work on us. It was a bit odd really because the dog made us forget the number seven. For everything else we were perfectly all right apart from when we tried to recall the number seven. When we were with the dog before we were like, ‘We’re really not hypnotised, it definitely hasn’t worked because we feel completely normal’. The next thing we couldn’t recall the number seven, it just wouldn’t come out of our mouths, so it definitely did something.”
Ant said: “I have been hypnotised before, years ago, so it seems to work.”
Walliams said: “Simon being hypnotised by a dog was quite peculiar because he was very keen to get on stage to be hypnotised by this dog. We didn’t quite believe he had been hypnotised, but on reflection I think he was.
“I think it was the woman hypnotising him and the dog was just there. It was a little bit disturbing. I was hoping that he might go under forever and stay in this hypnotised state, but he did come out of it.”