Ashley Banjo performs BLM dance routine on Britain’s Got Talent tonight with cop kneeling over him

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Ashley Banjo of BRITAIN’S Got Talent is reunited with her Diversity co-stars for a special routine on Black Lives Matter tonight.

The 31-year-old judge, who replaces Simon Cowell, performs an extraordinary dance that sees a white policeman kneel on top of him.

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Ashley Banjo and her Diversity co-stars take the knee on BGT tonightCrédits: DYMOND / ITV

The group, which includes Dancing On Ice’s Perri Kiely, then fall to one knee as haunting voices sing “I can’t breathe”.

It’s a direct reference to the death of George Floyd in the United States after White Officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck, sparking BLM protests across the world.

Diversity then performs their spectacular spinning dance moves in front of support dancers dressed as riot cops with shields.

Sirens are then heard and smoke invades the stage after a rap that begins: “While we were all in hiding, under the orders of the Prime Minister, people dusted their instincts and noticed something more sinister.

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Riot shields litter the routine scene, which traces events in 2020Crédits: DYMOND / ITV
The fast-paced dance routine takes place to the sound of police sirens

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The fast-paced dance routine takes place to the sound of police sirensCrédits: DYMOND / ITV

“Another disease, deeply rooted in our system, fear, hatred and ignorance, but racism was a symptom of it. ”

The remarkable performance also touches on modern topics such as the coronavirus, capitalism and the growth of delivery services like Amazon.

He is called “powerful” by Dec Donnelly moments after his end.

Ashley told Sun Online, “This performance is extremely special to me and the rest of Diversity.

Ashley Banjo was recruited as a judge for the BGT semi-finals4
Ashley Banjo was recruited as a judge for the BGT semi-finalsCredit: Rex Features

“2020 has been an incredible moment in history for both positive and negative reasons.

“We wanted to use the platform given to us to make our voices heard, to express what the events of this year made us feel and to think about how we might rethink them in the future… We call it retrospective 2020. ”

Ashley had the strong support of BGT boss Simon Cowell to take his place as he recovers from a shocking bicycle accident in Los Angeles.

He said: “Ashley will be a fantastic addition to the panel. He knows the power of the spectacle and the responsibility of it.

“I couldn’t think of a better person to sit in my seat while I follow the doctor’s orders. I hate this stupid bike. ”

BGT returns tonight at 8 p.m. on ITV. Tickets for Diversity Connected’s new tour are on sale here

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