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'Simply amazing' Only Boys Aloud earn the Royal vote; DUCHESS FAN OF CHOIR WHO CAME THIRD IN BGT FINAL.

Byline: JAMES MCCARTHY

BRITAIN'S Got Talent stars Only Boys Aloud were yesterday in talks to determine their future, as the 141-strong choir revealed the Duchess of Cambridge had promised to vote for them in the hit show's hotlyanticipated final.

The young Welsh singers, who were beaten by dancing mongrel Pudsey and owner 17-year-old Ashleigh Butler, arrived home last night but were keeping tight-lipped about any deals in the offing.

They did reveal, however, that BGT supremo Simon Cowell had dubbed their performance of hymn and rugby song Calon Ln as "simply amazing".

And Craig Yates, who is one of the choir leaders who coaches the singers, said: "We had a message from someone saying that the Duchess of Cambridge loved us and was supporting us.

"It came from an official source at the palace that she was going to vote for them - that was the message.

"It was unbelievable to get such support from the highest level.

"We think we all need to meet her now. Though that might be dangerous with 140 boys.

"We approached her to be our patron so she is going to be considering that."

The word she was a fan came from "someone in the palace who is a friend" of director Tim Rhys-Evans.

Singer Elliot Howells, of Tonyrefail, is a Cardiff University computer science student. The 19 year old claimed wowing 14.5 million TV viewers on Saturday night during the BGT live final was "incredible."

He said: "We had good luck messages from the Duchess of Cambridge saying that generally she was behind us and was wishing us luck and that she was going to vote for us as well.

"We were overwhelmed as you can imagine. Especially as the prize was to perform at the Royal Variety, so to have a member of the Royal Family behind us was fantastic.

"We were all in awe; it was amazing."

Fellow member Emyr Jones, 19, of Aberdare, said: "We have had the best journey possible and as a group we have become closer.

"We all know each other's names now. There have been a lot of friendships made and that is what this is all about."

Mr Rhys-Evans is the mastermind behind Last Choir Standing winners Only Men Aloud and the boys.

The music director said: "There are things being discussed and things in the pipeline, and we will see what comes from it.

"From working in this business a long time I know that we have got to act fast because people make a lot of promises and in the majority of cases they do not happen.

"But we are going to go all out to try and capitalise on this and give us a secure future.

"Simon said after the show said, 'Simply amazing'. And it is inspirational. He was genuinely moved after we had finished our performance.

"Simon is a phenomenon and there is a presence with him. He was lovely to the guys and he shook hands with everyone but we will just have to wait and see what happens with that. I'm not at liberty to say anything at this point."

Judge Amanda Holden called on London Olympics' organisers to include Only Boys Aloud in the opening ceremony.

"If Mr Coe is listening there are 140 Welsh lads who would be very happy to do that," said Tim.

PR expert Max Clifford said it was important for Only Boys Aloud to strike while the iron was hot.

He said: "They have been in the biggest shop window in Britain over the last few weeks and it was an amazing final and they have had an amazing impact.

"They have a year to build on that so what they need is people around them who understand the music industry and the whole performing industry so they can build on the foundations that Britain's Got Talent has given them. I cannot stress that enough.

"The difference between success and failure often where you have got someone who is very good to start with - as they are - is the people that guide them through the next stage.

"They have got lift off but they need management and agents that know the right places and areas for them to go. Then they will have a wonderful year."

Pudsey and Ashleigh took home a pounds 500,000 prize while favourites Jonathan and Charlotte were knocked into second place.

An average of 11.4 million saw Ashleigh Butler and Pudsey triumph in the ITV1 show against 5.6 million for The Voice on BBC1.

ITV claimed the programme was the highest rating show of the year so far, nudging ahead of a Coronation Street episode which pulled in 11.2 million in January.

Cowell declared the series the best ever, and invited judges Alesha Dixon, Holden and David Walliams to return next year.

> CAROLYN HITT PAGE 15 PUDSEY'S PAL HOPES FOR HOLLYWOOD STARDOM BRITAIN'S Got Talent winner Ashleigh Butler, right, believes her victorious dog Pudsey would be perfect for Hollywood roles like the one played by Uggie in Oscar-winning film The Artist.

Pudsey is enjoying his new found fame and dined on steak after Saturday night's victory, and Miss Butler says if he gets his paws on a Tinseltown role she will be by his side. The teenager is adamant that she and her pet will not be separated but is aware that the dancing dog could be a movie star in the making.

She said: "I did watch The Artist and thought it was an amazing film and Uggie was absolutely brilliant and, you know, I think Pudsey would be perfect for that kind of thing because he loves film work and looking at cameras."

Miss Butler says she is not afraid Pudsey's fame will split them up, because she is certain he could not cope away from her.

She said: "If Pudsey did go to Hollywood I'd have to go with him because, you know, there's no way you're going to separate me and Pudsey.

"We're always going to be together, and, you know, I don't think he'd ever want to go away from me.

"It's different with film work - I'd still be directing him, I'd still be there helping him out, but he'd never go off to a different country or even a different part of a country without me."

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