Who are Amber & Her Dancing Collies?

THERE are many acts of owners and their pets on Britain's Got Talent, but Simon Cowell described Amber and Her Dancing Collies as the "best ever."

Get to know Britain's Got Talent Final wildcard act, Amber and Her Dancing Collies.

Who are Amber & Her Dancing Collies?

The trio originally come from the Netherlands and is known to be circus artists and worldwide performers.

In their native country, they finished third overall in Holland's Got Talent, which is similar to the UK's BGT.

Amber, 25, initially started her BGT journey with just Nymeria, a two-year-old dog.

Before the semi-finals, Amber changed her act name from Amber and Nymeria to Amber and The Dancing Collies to introduce another dog, Ruby.

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Amber Karstens is a 25-year-old dog trainer from the Netherlands.

When she auditioned for BGT, she was asked why and she replied: "It's always been our biggest dream to achieve something like this and now standing here I'm almost crying."

She admitted that she and her dogs practice every day to master the routines.

Amber spends seven to eight months training her dogs to perform on stage.

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In an interview with Stunt Dog School, Canine Stars, Amber spoke about some of the preparation she has to make to prepare a routine for her and her dogs.

She was the 2018 winner of the school's worldwide contest along with Sara Carson's Superstyle program.

She said: "So basically, you're taking into consideration the speed of the song and the emotion part, and the sound of the song.

"And then, you're doing the tricks to the beat plus based on that segment, so if that bridge or whatever happens for that distance.

"But you're also listening to the lyrics, and then you do tricks that match the lyrics."


Two-year-old Nymeria joined Amber from the first audition of BGT.

For their first act together in the UK, they sat alongside each other on a table as Amber had Nymeria jump into the air, while Let's Twist Again by Chubby Checker played.

Some of the tricks Nymeria performed were dancing whilst holding Amber's lane and walking between her legs.

Amber then performed a roly-poly and Nymeria ran across her body to jump into the air.

After a lot of dancing, the pair finished off their act by sitting next to each other down upon the stage.

Simon Cowell gave very high praise for the act but was slammed by fans for not giving the act the golden buzzer.

The judge said: "That was incredible to watch, I'm speechless.

"I mean honestly you've done an incredible job.

"You know I love dog acts but this was in a different league.

"I mean this is the best dog act we've had since Ashleigh and Pudsey."

All judges voted 'yes for the act in which Nymeria performed brilliantly.


Ruby was introduced in the semi-final performance.

The act had a Pirates of the Caribbean theme and saw Nymeria play dead, before waking up as Ruby ran onto the stage and started performing tricks too.

Some of the tricks she performed were jumping through Amber's hands and reflecting Amber's body.

The act was voted with the top three but lost to Flintz and T4ylor on that night.

Ruby still has an opportunity to shine with her pals on stage in the final though.

How did Amber & Her Dancing Collies reach the Britain's Got Talent final?

At first, 10 acts are chosen through the public's and jury's votes, to go through the grand final.

After that, the judges look at the acts that finish in third.

From these acts, the judges choose one, known as the wildcard to also perform in the BGT final and have the opportunity to eventually perform in the Royal Variety Performance show along with a cash prize of £250,000.

After missing out on a Golden Buzzer opportunity because of Simon and also on the getting directly through to the final, Amber and her pups were given another chance to shine.

They will now be performing in the final taking place on June 5 at 7.30pm.

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How can I watch the Britain's Got Talent final?

You can watch the show live on ITV, which will cover the two-and-a-half-hour show.

Just in case you miss it, it will be available to watch on the ITV Hub once it finishes.

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