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Diversity members now from death tragedy and Ofcom fury to royal friendship

Oct 4, 2021

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Diversity shot to fame after winning the third series of Britain’s Got Talent in 2009.

Singer Susan Boyle was the hot favourite to win the nail-biting final at the time but it was Ashley Banjo and his dance troupe who walked away with the top spot after receiving the most public votes on the night.

Their energetic dance routines have sparked seven sold out UK dance tours and other television opportunities over the years and the group even performed at the closing ceremony of the Invictus Games in 2014.

Dance leader and Dancing on Ice judge Ashley celebrates his 32nd birthday on October 4.

To mark the occasion, Daily Star has taken a look to see what some of the other troupe members have been up too since winning the ITV talent show over 12 years ago.

Ashley Banjo

Diversity leader and choreographer Ashley Banjo has had the biggest success after the group won BGT.

He has been a part of the Dancing on Ice judging panel since 2018.

The street dancer and his Diversity bandmates were met with a barrage of criticism and complaints to the broadcasting regular Ofcom for their controversial Black Lives Matter performance on Britain’s Got Talent in September.

The extraordinary dance routine sees a white police officer kneeling on him during one thought-provoking segment, which was subject to nearly 30,000 complaints.

Ashley and his dance troop won a BAFTA TV award for their powerful performance – and the 32-year-old TV star has revealed royal couple Harry and Meghan have since been in touch to potentially work together.

He says the Duke and Duchess of Sussex offered their support after he came under-fire for his Must See TV Moment if 2020 performance.

"There's been a couple of conversations,” revealed Ashley. "I think the paths might cross at some point, I'm not sure how.”

Away from his dancing and TV career, the 32-year-old TV star married dance and talent manager, Francesca Abott in 2015 after dating for 10 years.

The pair are now parents to daughter Rose, one and son Micah, who was born in March soon after the start of lockdown.

Jordan Banjo

Ashley’s younger brother Jordan Banjo dances alongside him in Diversity.

In 2013, Jordan paired up with fellow Diversity dancer Perri Kiely to present backstage for the fourth series of Got to Dance.

The dynamic duo hosted their own TV show, Jordan and Perri’s Ultimate Black Party, which saw them transform a youth swimming team into a dance troupe.

Jordan has also taken part in Ant and Dec’s I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! in 2016 and was the fourth famous face to leave the jungle during the series.

The 28-year-old star became the digital presenter for Dancing on Ice when the show restarted in 2018.

The year after, he started working alongside Alesha Dixon co-hosting The Greatest Dancer.

Jordan and Perri were reunited as a presenting duo in 2020 and currently host KISS Breakfast Show.

The dancer went on to appear on ITV's The Masked Dancer in 2021 as Viper and became the first celebrity to get the boot from the competition.

Away from all his TV commitments, Jordan has been engaged to Naomi Curtis since 2015.

The pair have two children together, Cassium Ashley, three, and Mayowa ‘Mimi’ Angel, two.

Perri Kiely

Diversity fans will remember Perri as the little boy who was always being thrown around by the group.

After BGT, Perri and fellow Diversity members took part in roadshows to perform and teach dance masterclasses for children.

The 25-year-old star later joined forces with Jordan Banjo to present multiple shows and competitions.

Perri, who was runner up to Joe Swash in the 2020 series of Dancing on Ice, showed off his impressive dance moves and was the first to do a back flip while on skates.

The radio host has also taken part in the TV show Celebs Go Dating.

While he did find a spark with someone, he didn't stay in contact after the show ended and is now dating Dancing On Ice production assistant, Laura Smith.

Throughout lockdown Perri has created hundreds of TikTok’s showing off his dance moves and continues to do so to his 2.1 million followers.

Robert Anker

Former member Robert Anker died following a car accident in Canada in 2017.

Robert, who grew up in Essex, made the move to Canada to live with finance Cyndi the year before and the couple had only married just months before the tragic accident.

Before his passing Robert appeared in the Bring It On film and worked with The X Factor and Strictly Come Dancing.

Following the 27-year-old' dancer's death his former troupe members paid emotional tributes to him.

Although the rest of the Diversity group are not in the spotlight as much as their dance mates Ashley, Jordan and Perri, some of the original members have left the group over the last 10 years.

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