Ashley Banjo reflected positively on her time as a judge on Britain’s Got Talent, as the last – and highly controversial – series came to an end.
Taking to Instagram on Sunday, the 32-year-old choreographer shared a photo of himself with fellow judges Alesha Dixon, Amanda Holden and David Walliams as he called the past few weeks one of the best experiences of [his] life’.
The star’s release came weeks after her performance with the Diversity Dance Troupe, which featured a moment inspired by police brutality and Black Lives Matter, drew a record number of viewer complaints to Ofcom.
BGT: Ashley Banjo (front) positively reflected his time on Britain’s Got Talent on Sunday, as he shared a photo of himself with (LR) Alesha Dixon, Amanda Holden and David Walliams
Captioning the picture, Ashley, who rose to fame after winning BGT in 2009 with Diversity, wrote: “Funny where life can take you when you least expect it!”
“It was one of the best experiences of my life to be able to come back to the show that started it all… and to make some real friends with this band…”
Addressing this year’s winner Jon Courtenay, he continued, “Congratulations @joncourtenay, you are a well-deserved winner my friend.
Performance: The star’s post came weeks after her performance with the Diversity dance troupe, which drew a record number of complaints from viewers to Ofcom
“Well done to all the other nominees and thank you to everyone who has supported me and shown love to me and @diversity_official over the past few weeks. It was special ✨ # Bgt #nextchapter. ‘
Ashley was recruited as an eleventh hour judge to replace Simon Cowell, who was recovering at his home in Malibu, Calif., After a bicycle accident.
In Saturday night’s finale, Ashley was seen laughing at Ofcom’s recent complaints from Diversity when he responded to comedian Nabil Abdulrashid’s routine.
The talent judge, 32, told the virtual audience he “knows what it’s like to get a few complaints” after Nabil joked that the show has become one of the hottest TV shows. criticisms of the decade.
Defiant: Ashley mocked recent Ofcom complaints about Diversity during Saturday’s Britain’s Got Talent finale when he responded to comedian Nabil Abdulrashid’s routine
During his routine, the comedian addressed his previous performance by getting 733 Ofcom complaints and Diversity receiving 24,500 as he hit back at critics.
In his performance on Saturday, Nabil began his act by responding to his complaints and those of Diversity Ofcom.
Referring to climate change and the people who have complained, he said: “How else do you explain so many snowflakes in October? He also said he was surprised that the plaintiffs could even write.
Speaking about his own drama Ofcom, he said: “This is what upsets me, what did I say to offend someone?
Complaints: Ashley told the virtual audience he “knows what it’s like to receive a few complaints” after Nabil Abdulrashid, pictured, joked about the show’s complaints record
“You would think I came here and said something really inflammatory like Winston Churchill was black. By the way, he was!
After the routine, Ashley said: “I know what it’s like to get a few complaints! There are two ways to react: you can bow to the pressure or you can be yourself without any excuse. And it’s pretty obvious to me which one you picked!
“It’s not even about being black, it’s about being yourself. It’s really interesting what Alesha said, almost afraid of what you’re going to say.
“In a way, I sit here, and I’m like, ‘Why would I be afraid that a comedian will make us laugh in his own way, in his own style.’ I’m like, “What, because some people might be offended? No way, I’m proud!
Response: In response to her performance, Ashley said of Diversity’s 24,500 Ofcom complaints: “I know what it’s like to get a few complaints!
Another judge, Amanda Holden, also addressed the negative reactions she received on the show after a daring dress sparked 235 complaints.
Ashley’s joke referred to the September 5 routine of her dance group Diversity, which received 24,500 complaints from watchdog Ofcom.
ITV “supported diversity” by running advertisements in national newspapers in support of the performance, while Ofcom announced it would not investigate the complaints.
The act saw bandleader Ashley have a white man’s knee resting on his neck, in reference to the death of black man George Floyd earlier this year.
Routine: Referring to climate change and the people who have complained, he said, “How do you explain so many snowflakes in October?
Nabil received 733 complaints for opposing his Britain’s Got Talent semi-final routine, which saw him fight racism in his act.
The funny 35-year-old wowed the judges with his act that saw him joke about racism, with a moment seeing him joke about how his “white liberal left friend” told him to “forget about it. ‘he was black’ so that he would not be subjected to racism.
During his performance, he also joked, “People watching will think he’s another one of those Black Lives Matter guys making jokes about stops and searches.
“No, it’s a joke about being fat. Big Narstie and I are both fat, we are both black too. Don’t throw away the race cards guys!
Support: ITV “supported diversity” by running advertisements in national newspapers in support of the routine, while Ofcom announced it would no longer investigate complaints.
The judges were impressed with his performance. Alesha, 40, said: “I really enjoyed him, the reason I chose you as my Golden Buzzer is that you are pretty edgy, you are different and you are this guy.
“It’s okay to feel a little uncomfortable with comedy, I think that’s what comedy is and I think you’re very brave to bring up the subject of racism, very poignant right now. “
She continued, “I think we all need to learn to laugh a little bit more and have so much fun, that was great. “
Ashley, who recently admitted that he and his fellow Diversity members were racially abused after their performance in the show’s first semi-final, called Nabil’s act “legendary.”
Where it all began: Ashley and her Diversity dance troupe became famous 2009 Britain’s Got Talent winners. Photographed at ITV’s London studios shortly after their victory
After being elected for the final, Nabil was moved and said he was happy to have succeeded because it “meant a lot” because he represented a lot of people.
Nabil later tweeted after the show: “Funny how I made fun of lefties too but so far they haven’t been wishing me death or sending me abuse… hmmm who were still the flakes of snow? “
He also wrote: “I promise not to make any racism or Islamophobia jokes in my final if I don’t know any racism or Islamophobia by then.
“Do they want to complain? Ok, I’ll give them something to complain about… TUNE IN ON SATURDAY.
Complaints: Britain’s Got Talent became the most criticized TV show of the decade with Amanda’s racy dress (pictured) receiving 235 Ofcom complaints
Britain’s Got Talent has become the most criticized television show of the decade.
The series, which ended on Saturday, saw 27,898 people file formal complaints with the media regulator, the amount exceeding that of the most criticized previous show, Celebrity Big Brother.
The now defunct Channel 5 reality show saw 25,372 people demonstrate outside Ofcom after actress Roxanne Pallett falsely accused actor Ryan Thomas of hitting her with malice.
In Saturday’s final, musical comedian Jon Courtenay became the very first Golden Buzzer issue to win Britain’s Got Talent.
Winner! In Saturday’s final, musical comic Jon Courtenay became the very first Golden Buzzer issue to win Britain’s Got Talent