Ipswich dog is a TV star!

SHE stands just inches off the ground - but little Bessie is making a big impact as a star of the big screen.

Lizzie Parry

SHE stands just inches off the ground - but little Bessie is making a big impact as a star of the big screen.

The mini pooch has posed for the cameras, modelling her very own knitted jumper in a bid to win a national competition.

The three-year-old miniature long-haired Dashshund charmed audiences on Saturday night's episode of Harry Hill's TV Burp taking part in the shows new reality challenge, the K Factor.

Sporting her hand-knitted green-and-white jumper the gorgeous pooch graced the TV studio in her bid to win the public vote, as part of a quest to search for the best knitted item in the country.

Owners Andi Hopgood, 27, and her partner Alex Best, 29, of Bramford Road, are now keeping their fingers firmly crossed.

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They are hoping their pup makes it through to the next round.

Miss Hopgood, a professional singer, said she has always been a big fan of the show and its host, Harry Hill, which inspired her to enter Bessie.

“I just thought my dog looks very cute in her knitted jumper so I sent her photo into the show and they called up saying could we come down to the studio for filming,” she said.

“It was all very surreal, it was amazing, I have never met anyone famous before.

“Harry was such a nice guy, he was all dressed up in his outfit ready for filming.

“We talked about our dogs, he kept saying how Bessie was very friendly and well behaved on the show.”

The green-and-white stripey number, modelled by Bessie on Saturday's show, was hand-knitted by Miss Hopgood, who has struggled to find garments to fit her mini dog.

She said: “Most jumpers just don't fit her, she has a long body and they are usually too short. So I thought, I like knitting so I got hold of a pattern and knitted it myself.

“She has had it for quite a while. My mum has got a sausage dog too so we both knitted the dogs little jumpers, to fit.

“The whole thing is a bit bizarre really. It is lots of fun, and a bit light-hearted.

“Everyone has been really supportive and friends on Facebook have all voted for her already.

“Everyone thinks it is a good laugh, we just want as many people to vote for her.”

And so now Bessie's fate is in your hands. To secure her place in the next round of the K Factor Miss Hopgood is urging people to go online and vote for her pooch.

She added: “Vote Bessie. It is vital people vote for her if she is to win and get through, hopefully she can do it.”

If she wins this week's vote, which closes at 5pm today, then Bessie will progress through to the next round, giving her the chance to take the title of K Factor winner 2010.

Miss Hopgood added: “We really think Bessie can do it, she looks lovely in her jumper so please get voting for her.