Ant & Dec’s ITV show to feature St Albans teenager
PUBLISHED: 14:35 19 February 2016 | UPDATED: 16:42 19 February 2016
A television advert being aired tomorrow night during Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway on ITV will feature the voice of a talented St Albans teenager.
Singing Dusty Springfield’s I Only Want to Be with You for the Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, is 16 year old Sandringham School pupil, Hope Russell-Winter.
A spokesman for Dogs Trust said: “Look out for a new TV ad appearing on screens nationwide from this weekend, featuring a fabulous new version of a Dusty classic.
“The ad is for Dogs Trust, featuring a voiceover by actor Martin Clunes, and the acoustic cover is by 16-year-old singer songwriter Hope Russell-Winter, from St Albans.
“You’ll love the new version and you’ll love the ad, which shows a dog at a Dogs Trust centre playing with his favourite woollen doll - until finally a man looking uncannily like the doll arrives to give him a new home, so hankies at the ready.”
Hope told the Herts Advertiser she was “ecstatic” at being approached by the charity to sing for the advertisement.
The teen said: “It couldn’t be a better charity for me to help advertise, as I have grown up with dogs.
“It’ll be the first time my voice has been heard on TV, and during Ant and Dec’s show - so to be included during that is really amazing.”
Nick Daniel, marketing director of Dogs Trust, said: “The song I Only want to Be with You and its lyrics fitted in perfectly with the ad and the story of a dog finding his special someone.
“We listened to various slower versions of the song and once Hope’s was recorded for us, were immediately captivated by how beautifully emotive it was.
“Her voice is stunning and Hope’s version of this classic summed up the tone and sentiments of the ad perfectly.”
Hope has featured in the Herts Advertiser several times, as her music has been released through a local independent record label, Jacket Records.
Its managing director is Jack Hobbs, a grandson of Christiane Kubrick, who offered him space to house a studio at her beautiful home in the Childwickbury Estate in St Albans.
Jack said: “To have Hope’s singing feature on the ad is incredibly exciting. It’s the start of the beginning for her; it’s a massive leap.”
The Dogs Trust #SpecialSomeone ad debuts on ITV1 this Saturday (20) night during Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway.
Its campaign is trying to raise awareness of the hundreds of dogs at Dogs Trust’s 20 rehoming centres around the country by showing just how important a new owner is to a Dogs Trust dog waiting for their special someone.