A hungry dog being teased by his owner about treats given away to others has topped the 2011 listings for most-watched video on YouTube in the U.K. The talking dog beat the Royal Wedding spoof video to reach the number-one spot.
The unfortunate hound appears to speak perfect English, saying "You're kidding me!" after yet another treat of bacon (the maple kind) escapes his watering mouth. The genuine look of disappointment on the mutt's face and very clever dubbing dialogue to match the Briard's mouth captured the nation's hearts.
The video pipped T-Mobile's spoof advertisement of the Royal Wedding which saw actors playing the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall bumping their backsides as they danced down the aisle before Prince William leap-frogged over his brother Prince Harry to the delight of whooping guests.
Google, who own YouTube, says the videos are a reflection of events, people and animals that have captured the imagination of the nation throughout the year. With the surge in use of the smart phone, users are now able to watch videos with clean high-definition streaming and show the clips to friends and family at the pub, restaurant or school playground, reaching a wider audience than ever before.
Ultimate Dog Tease has now been viewed 74.3 million times. The Martin Sheen interview, Songify This: Winning, comes in at third place and the adorable twin babies who have a stand up conversation in baby language in the kitchen, came in at ninth position. Second-placed video, the T-Mobile Royal Wedding has been watched almost 25 million times.
In BBC Technology News, YouTube trends manager Kevin Allocca said: The 10 most-watched YouTube videos of 2011 show that around the world, whatever language we speak, there are certain things that bring us all together around a computer screen or mobile phone – adorable babies, talented performers and clever advertising.
The Guardian list the top 10 videos for 2011 as:
1. Ultimate Dog Tease
2. The T-Mobile Royal Wedding
3. Songify This - Winning
4. Nyan Cat [original]
5. Michael Collings audition
6. Masterchef Synesthesia
7. Diary of a bad man 5
8. Rebecca Black Friday (Brock's Dub)
9. Talking Twin Babies