Pop idol Will Young meets a Rugby pup idol for new Come One video

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HE’S starred on Saturday night primetime TV and has become acquainted with some of Britain’s biggest celebrities.

And now Levi the dog has added to his celebrity status by performing with Will Young, the man who recorded the best-selling single of the past decade.

The sheepdog’s owners, Dave and Mary Ray, received an unexpected call from a company that produces pop videos, inviting them to London.

There they met Young and filmed a Crufts-themed video for his new song, Come On - with Levi playing a starring role.

Mary said: “ It was as if Will was his owner.

“I found him to be very nice and down to earth”.

Mary has trained Levi since he was a puppy and they have attended numerous shows and competitions. Levi was spotted through the Kennel Club - and footage on YouTube led to his audition.

Will and Mary first met for an afternoon rehearsal in London. With time for only two rehearsals, he came to Mary’s home in Rugby, where she trained him and Levi.

The final performance was at Wimbledon Studios the following day.

In the video, Will leads an initially unwilling and unpromising Levi through a series of agility demonstrations, with limited success.

But as three-minute film progresses, Levi improves tremendously, the bond between dog and master proving inspirational. The pair even perform a dance together.

The video has now received more than half a million hits on YouTube.

Mary said: “On the day, Levi was excellent.

“He stayed as he was meant to and did the dance.”

Levi appeared on Ant and Dec’s Push the Button last year and will be performing on A Question of Sport in two weeks’ time in a section involving an agility course and a competition between contestants.

Will Young rose to fame on ITV’s Pop Idol show in 2002. His debut single, Evergreen, sold 1.8 million copies - more than any other in the first decade of this century.

He continues to be a successful artist, with his most recent album, Echoes, entering the UK album chart at number 1 last August.

Will was unavailable for comment as the Advertiser went to press.