Diversity is a street dance act that won Britain’s Got Talent 2009. The
group was formed in 2007 and in their first year together, they won a
Street Dance weekend competition. The group is based in Dagenham East
London and comprise of three sets of brothers and four of their
friends. On the night of the Britain’s Got Talent Finals, they
delivered an absolutely brilliant routine to win the title, one hundred
thousand pounds and a place at the royal variety performance. In doing
so they beat bookies favourite Susan Boyle who was widely tipped to win
Diversity consists of quite a diverse group of people. The group includes school children, students, IT engineers, bathroom installers and telesales consultants. During their spear time they get together to pursue their common goal, practice to become the best dancers the country has ever seen. The group members are:
Ashley Banjo group leader and choreographer, Jordan Banjo, 16 brother of Ashley. Ian McNaughton, 25 and brothers Jamie, 23, and Mathew 17. Sam Craske, 18 and brother Mitchell. Ike Ezekwugo, 22, one of the newest members of the group. Terry Smith, 24. Warren Russell, 19. Perri Kiely, 13, one of the youngest members of the group.
Piers: “It’s a great name for a first act, Diversity. We are a diverse show, and they don’t come more diverse than you. I always look at the acts and see how they have come on from the first audition. You lot were fantastic. Jenson Button won the Grand Prix today and you lot a bit like him – fast, fantastic and British”.
Amanda: “You want it for you, I want it for you. It was intelligent, innovative and it tells a story. I can’t take my eyes off you; I don’t know where you get your ideas from. It was utterly fantastic”.
Simon: “I thought I was back on American Idol! I genuinely didn’t think that you would improve from your first audition, but you did. It was absolutely fantastic. I would say that anyone watching this show, I think is very important to pick up the phone and vote for you. This is a talent show and what you’ve done collectively to prepare for this was sensational. Congratulations”.