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Diversity

Diversity are a street dance group that won Series 3 of Britain's Got Talent. They were formed in 2006, and hailed from Essex. They were aged between 12 and 25 at the time of their audition. They were led by Ashley Banjo, who before their audition explained the name of the group; 'Apart from dancing, there's university, school, college, IT solutions, telecoms engineers... we're diverse - ages, race, heights, hairstyles - we're just a diverse group of people'.

As they entered the stage for their audition, one member of the group placed a gym bag at the back of the stage before joining the rest to introduce themselves. Another member, Perri Kiely, began the performance backstage. They began their audition with hoods over their faces, the first line of Martin Luther King's famous 'I Have a Dream' speech playing before the group broke into their routine. Perri entered the stage midway through the performance, before another member, Mitchell Craske, emerged from the gym bag to join the performance. Amanda remarked 'just when I think I've seen it all and nothing could get any better, you came on', with Piers adding 'you are right up there with the best of the dancers you've seen'.

In the semi finals, they performed another routine, incorporating a robbery scene into their performance, in which Mitchell was lowered down onto the stage and Perri portrayed a policeman. Piers described the group as 'fantastic', with Simon adding 'what you've done collectively over the past few weeks to prepare for this is sensational'. The group finished second in their semi-final, behind Susan Boyle.

Their final routine incorporated Mitchell entering the stage dressed as Superman, before pulling off his clothes to join the routine alongside the rest of the group. Three group members then put on red hats, which were then pressed in turn, representing the 'buzzers' on Britain's Got Talent. Amanda remarked 'you have practically rendered me speechless Ashley - your choreography is second to none'. She also added 'I think you have blown Flawless out of the water', resulting in a negative reaction from the audience. They won the competition ahead of singer and big favourite Susan Boyle, and saxophonist Julian Smith.

After BGT Edit

Since their BGT win they have returned to the show as guest performers on a yearly basis either dancing as guest performers in the semis or in the finals. Their Series 11 performance however differed in the fact that Robert Ankar had died and was no longer a member of the group. Their Series 13 guest performance also differed in that they had Series 12 contestants DVJ join them as part of the routine on stage.

In 2010 Jordan Banjo appeared on StreetDance 3D. Between 2012 and 2014 Jordan appeared on Ashley Banjo's Secret Street Crew, Got to Dance, Got to Dance: Auditions Uncut, Jordan and Perri's Ultimate Block Party, Jordan and Perri's Xmas Slime, and Nickelodeon's Kids Choice Awards. Between 2015 and 2018 Jordan appeared on Diversity Live, I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!, and Dancing On Ice. In 2016 Ashley Banjo co-hosted a BBC game show named Can't Touch This alongside Zoe Ball between the March and October of that year. The pair did not return to host Can't Touch This the following year in 2017 however though, as the BBC had made the decision to axe the game show. Between November 2016 and March 2017 Perri Kiely appeared on the second series of Celebs Go Dating. In 2017 Robert Ankar died due to a car crash.

Since 2017 Ashley Banjo has been co hosting cancer awareness show The Real Full Monty alongside Alexander Armstrong. Ashley has also been a judge on the revived series of Dancing On Ice from 2018, along with Jordan Banjo as the backstage digital host for the 2018 series, before Jordan was replaced by 2018 contestant Kem Cetinay in the role. In March 2018 both Ashley and Jordan Banjo participated in the I'm a Celebrity...Get Out of Me Ear segment of Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway. Diversity were growing too old so wanted to replace themselves with younger diversity dancers, otherwise known as DVJ who auditioned for Series 12. DVJ stood for Diversity junior, and the dancers from DVJ had been coached by Ashley Banjo, and Perri Kiely. DVJ had rehearsed for over three weeks to learn the dance routine that they auditioned for Series 12 with. Despite DVJ's advantage via Ashley and Perri coaching them they still reached the semi finals and later the finals in Series 12. Unlike Diversity DVJ did not win, they came sixth to end their stint on the twelfth series of the show. In September 2018 Jordan competed on Celebrity Catchphrase playing for charity WellChild, and being eliminated alongside Ruth Jones, with Rob Beckett making the super catchphrase. In October 2018 Sam Craske appeared on Celebs Go Dating.

As of 2019 Jordan has been a host on BBC's The Greatest Dancer, alongside Britain's Got Talent judge Alesha Dixon. In 2019 Perri Kiely and Jordan Banjo both appeared as guests on Step Up to the Plate. On Sunday 1st December 2019 Ashley Banjo appeared as a guest chef on Sunday Brunch on Channel 4 in the UK. Over Christmas in 2019 Diversity appeared in a Christmas pantomime of Robin Hood with Ashley Banjo in the title role, this being the third consecutive year that they appeared in a Christmas pantomime. In February 2020 the group appeared during the first live show of The Greatest Dancer. In Early March 2020 Perri Kiely placed as runner-up on the years series of Dancing On Ice alongside professional skating partner Vanessa Bauer. In early May 2020 Ashley Banjo appeared via video call in a Tesco advert for their 'Food love stories' thanking Stacey Solomon for dedicating a Chocolate Cheesecake that she had made to him.

Trivia Edit

  • Diversity are the first, and only, act to win the show despite not winning their semi-final.
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