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'Britain's Got Talent' final: Live blog

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After weeks and weeks of singers, psychos and a lot of dance acts, Britain's Got Talent tonight comes to a close for another year with possibly its strongest lineup of finalists yet.

Simon Cowell may very well get his wish of a dog act winning, as Ashleigh & Pudsey are the ones to beat according to the bookies. But we wouldn't rule out Jonathan and Charlotte, Ryan O'Shaughnessy or Loveable Rogues just yet.

And of course there's the possibility that the mystery wildcard could pull off the ultimate underdog victory.

Join Digital Spy from 7.30pm as we say goodbye to Simon, David, Amanda and Alesha and watch the winner get crowned.

Britain's Got Talent Final: Alesha Dixon, Amanda Holden, winners Ashleigh and Pudsey, Simon Cowell and David Walliams.

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22:00Good on Pudsey - if we had just won £500,000 there's no way in hell we'd be traipsing over all those ridiculous obstacles. Aaw, that was a great ending to a great series there - we miss BGT already. But at least we've still got The Voice. Night night, everyone!


21:56Simon is understandably overjoyed that a dog act has finally won. He also claims that this year's Britain's Got Talent was his favourite series ever - or at least it was until Amanda Holden bullied him into dancing with Pudsey.


21:55The dog done good! Ashleigh & Pudsey are the winners of Britain's Got Talent 2012! I'm absolutely chuffed, love them two! I'm not even mad that they've given 500k to a bloody animal.


Britain's Got Talent Final: Ashleigh and Pudsey

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21:52Only Boys Aloud are in third place. It was always going to be a battle of the double acts, wasn't it?


21:51Jonathan and Charlotte, Ashleigh and Pudsey and Only Boys Aloud are in the top three. Put that Loveable Rogues album on hold!


21:48Okay, now it's decision time. All the acts are out on stage and looking nervous as heck.


21:48That Amanda and David seat swap may have been ridiculously choreographed but, darn it, we just love their bromance/romance.


21:47Drum roll please! It's decision time.... oh, almost. First we've got some more nattering from the panel.


21:43N'aaw, I'm going to miss this awkward VT and the backstage banter. Apparently there's been some celebs tweeting about tonight's show - Gary Barlow likes The Mend, so they should probably come back for X Factor when they fail to win tonight. And Kylie Minogue is a fan of Ryan O'Shaughnessy. Better get writing, boyo.


21:39Before the result is announced, we zip through a montage of the series's best acts. And... and... oh my Lord, The Showbears are back! And this time they've given David Walliams an outfit and everything! I still think we here at Digital Spy did better.


21:34And she's singing Madge. How about that! Still, if she can cover The Rolling Stones I suppose there's nothing she can't tackle. Absolute legend, that woman.


21:31We're back and it's time for Susan Boyle - the queen of Britain's Got Talent (yes, she even beats Simon Cowell to that title).


21:29You can practically see Banjo thinking "Go away Ant or Dec, I can't give an interview when I'm hyperventilating." Will Susan Boyle be similarly breathtaking when she performs next? Also, small side note, Katy B looks scarily like Rebekah Brooks in that Coke advert.


21:24Yup, Diversity are obviously still the best dance act around. They just do better at telling a story through their performance and sucking us into the action. Good old Banjo.


Britain's Got Talent Final: Diversity

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21:22While the votes are pouring in, let's welcome back some of the (admittedly few) Britain's Got Talent success stories. First up, it's Diversity.


21:20So that's it. The acts have all performed and the lines are now open. Who's going to be the winner of Britain's Got Talent then? In this writer's opinion it could be Ashleigh and Pudsey, Jonathan and Charlotte, Only Boys Aloud or Loveable Rogues. It won't be Kai and Natalia, The Mend or Nu Sxool.


21:17David says they are "both fantastic", Alesha calls them "so amazing" and Amanda says the performance was "just ridiculous" (in a good way). Simon praises their "loyalty and friendship" and says they are "lucky to have each other". No thanks to you, eh, Cowell.


21:13Heck, that performance could have just won them Britain's Got Talent. I'm always surprised by how powerful Jonathan's voice is. It's like he's been performing for decades. And Charlotte is in no way excess baggage - lovely stuff.


21:10It's time now for our final act - Jonathan & Charlotte. Tears are imminent.


21:06Alesha's been reduced to a gibbering wreck by the awesomeness of that darn dog. Amanda calls them "unbelievable" and "sensational", while Simon gives a sweet shout-out to a dog charity. My, this is all a little bit heartwarming.


Britain's Got Talent Final: Ashleigh and Pudsey

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21:04Get ready to smile - it's Ashleigh & Pudsey time! We didn't know that he got papped though - next we'll discover someone hacked his squeaky phone. This time they're doing a Mission Impossible-themed routine. The dog is once again incredible, bounding all over the place like nobody's business. Getting Pudsey to walk across the panel was a bit of a risky move though, given Simon's Cruella de Vil-esque intentions. He looked ready to snatch him.


20:53On stage now are Only Boys Aloud. Oh man, there's so many of them. It amazes me how that many people can sing in unison like that. Incredible. Definite contenders. David agrees, calling the performance "sensational" and Amanda wants Seb Coe to book them for the Olympics. Blimey, Amanda Holden in sensible idea shocker!


20:48So is he singing this song to that girl again or is he now after thingy from The Saturdays? Ryan wipes away the tears to hear David describe his song as the "most emotional" performance ever and Alesha call it "exquisite". Amanda thinks he's better than Sam Kelly (hmm... not sure about that) and Simon calls him a dark horse - blimey, this final has more dark horses in it than the Grand National.


Britain's Got Talent Semi-Final 5: Ryan O'Shaughnessy

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20:42Next it's Ryan O'Shaughnessy. Apparently that famous song of his was written for a girl he has a crush on. Funny, he hasn't mentioned it before.


20:35David gets his first boo of the series by daring to suggest that he liked their last performance more. Amanda completely disagrees though and says they did themselves proud. Simon also thought it was an "amazing routine". What do we think gang, are Aquabatique dead in the water?


20:34Another mesmerising performance from the girls there set to a banging soundtrack, including that song that reminds us through club beats that the apocalypse is coming. Love Aquabatique.


20:32Quick, get running outside, Ant & Dec. It's Aquabatique! They say that although they may not be competing in the Olympic Games, at least they're in the Britain's Got Talent final. Because that's just as good.


20:31Alesha suggests that the pair were a bit "disjointed" and Amanda agrees they "lacked heart". Simon is uncharacteristically sympathetic though and says they did good considering the injury. Fair enough.


20:28Hmm, Kai and Natalia are not as polished as usual tonight. I think they may struggle. But Kai is wearing a tank top, so they still might get votes.


20:26Next is Kai and Natalia. Ooh, Natalia's been plagued with injury this week. Will she be able to perform on the night? Yes. Yes, of course she will.


20:25Simon says exactly the same comment I just made - this talent show judging lark is a doddle! David likens them to The Beatles (uh, okay) and asks if he can join Loveable Rogues too. God, what other acts will David Walliams try to muscle in on? Will he ask Ashleigh if he can follow her around on all fours barking?


20:22Rhyming parrot with apparent - now that's talent. To be fair, that was quite a catchy number there from the Rogues and they've clearly got something special about them. They seemed more like BGT musical guests than contestants. Choke on that, Tulisa!


Britain's Got Talent Final: The Loveable Rogues

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20:19Right, here they are. Lovable Rogues. They're being all over the top kooky and cheeky as usual... Must. Control. Rage.


20:15After the break it's the Loveable Rogues. If they sing that same song a THIRD time I will be punching the TV.


20:14Next is Essex kiddiewink Molly Rainford singing some kind of pimped-up version of 'Ave Maria'. Oh my heck, how does a girl that small make a sound so loud? Incredible. David calls her "absolutely astonishing" and Alesha calls her "a star of the future" (agreed). Amanda says she's been left speechless, then goes on forever about how emotional she is. Simon closes the comments by suggesting that she could pull out a surprise victory tonight. Finally, Molly sets her cute levels to kill by declaring that BGT has been a "dream come true". A-bloody-dorable.


20:07David goes on again about how much he loves Nu Sxool and even asks if he can join them. No, you can't, David... that would be creepy. Alesha says they have "so much energy" and Amanda suggests they could be a resident dance troupe on The X Factor, where they will presumably be sensationally axed after five days.


20:03Is there even any point describing Nu Sxool's performance? You know the drill - school uniforms, limbs flying everywhere, bodies being thoroughly popped, all to a messy soundtrack. Having said that, they did an alright job.


Britain's Got Talent Final: Nu Sxool

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20:01We're back and it's time for Nu Sxool to perform. Jeez, those kids are scary. Still, it'll be sad to see them burst into tears later on when they blatantly don't win.


19:59In other news, Men In Black 3 is obviously bloody awful. Unless it contains a cameo from BGT's Dalek man...


19:55Another belter of a performance there from Sam - he manages to stand out even when dressed up exactly like Olly Murs. No mean feat. He's singing 'Bless The Broken Road' and like David said, he "had us all in the palm of [his] hand". Alesha is impressed by the intimacy of the song (she's single Sam, go get her!), Amanda says he "sang with heart and soul and passion" and Simon says he would have won on any other year. Agreed. You never know, he might even Jai McDowall his way to the top tonight.


19:50Next up is Sam Kelly. His voice is terrific, but tonight I'm more impressed by the amount of chest hair he's sporting for his age. Yes, I'm a little jealous.


19:49We've been informed that on The Voice Tom Jones is playing dinosaur mini-golf. And you thought BGT was going to be the maddest thing on TV tonight...


19:45Ad break alert! Get used to them - there's gonna be a lot over the next two and a bit hours.


Britain's Got Talent Final: The Mend

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19:44David Walliams continues to mock that member of The Mend's choice of coats. We're gonna miss his zingers. That joke about sleeping with Simon Cowell at the beginning of the show had me choking on my pizza. Alesha thinks there's "more to see" from The Mend, while Amanda calls them "natural performers". Elsewhere, Simon outs himself (oop) as an Usher fan. Who knew?


19:41After a bit of a cruel David Hasselhoff jibe, The Mend take to the stage. David says that apparently everyone on the street is talking about the boys - he must be referring to the streets outside Fountain Studios because nobody's said owt to me. They're singing Usher's 'Without You'... in the death slot. I think these boys might have wasted their evening.


19:38And the wildcard act is...Tulisa's favourite, The Mend. What do you think about that, guys? Simon says that apparently everyone on the panel wanted them back - apart from David, who wanted that Dalek man. A man who clearly knows what this show needs.


Britain's Got Talent Final: The Judges : Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams

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19:35On come the judges - Amanda's apparently getting married and the top of Alesha's dress is reminiscent of a shiny swimsuit. She looks ready to take a dip with Aquabatique.


19:34And don't forget, we've a wildcard act still to be unveiled. Ant & Dec make their entrance and recap all the winner's perks. I got a little bit excited when they said "an appearance on the bill". But then I realised they were talking about the Royal Variety Performance, and not the ITV show. Which I remember has been axed anyway. Silly boy.


19:32The show starts off with a little reminder of this week's semi-final action. It was alright, wasn't it? Now the attention turns to the finalists - including a very sweaty Kai and the Loveable Rogues wearing some lovely Topman jumpers.


19:28Hello, hello everyone! Schofe and The Cube are buggering off so it must be Britain's Got Talent time! Tonight's the final - are you sad to see it go? Leave your comments below! And I'd appreciate it if you could let us know there what's happening on The Voice.

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