Britain’s Got Talent’s Amanda Holden has compared Ashley Banjo to Steven Spielberg ahead of Diversity’s performance on the upcoming Christmas special.
Ashley has been standing in for Simon Cowell this year on the show as a judge. Now, he’s also preparing to take to the stage in the festive episode for a new routine inspired by the movies.
The dancer will open the show with his troupe, as the show welcomes back winners from years gone by. Diversity won the competition back in 2009, and they’re set to perform alongside 2008 winner George Sampson and 2018 finalists DVJ.
Speaking ahead of the special, Amanda said: ‘Ashley fronting another Diversity routine was like a movie within the show, with really beautiful music.
‘He thinks up the whole thing. It’s like a mini-Spielberg moment. And bringing all that young talent through and appearing in it himself, it opens the show and it’s absolutely gorgeous.’
Ashley has replaced Simon Cowell as he recovers from a broken back, and Amanda said he has been fantastic on the show.
‘He’s been a fabulous stand in judge this year… Oh, so confident and so fun and eloquent, and just qualified for the job. He looks amazing and he’s up for fun. He appreciates the show for what it is,’ she said.
Ashley isn’t the only judge set to perform. Alesha Dixon will take to the stage with 2017 winner Tokio Myers, Amanda Holden will sing with Collabro and David Walliams will bring the laughs with comedians Francine Lewis, Lost Voice Guy, Steve Royle and more.
2020 winner Jon Courteney will also make an appearance, as will Britain’s Got Talent favourites Stavros Flatley.
Production on the Britain’s Got Talent Christmas special was halted in October after three crew members tested posted for coronavirus, putting the future of the series into doubt.
Thankfully, though, the show was also to resume, and the show will air on Christmas Day.
Diversity’s appearance will be the first time since they triggered 24,000 Ofcom complaints after they performed their Black Lives Matter routine in September.
Britain’s Got Talent: Christmas Spectacular will air on Christmas Day at 8pm on ITV.
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