Diversity 'will star in one-off BGT Christmas special' after BLM routine ...

Diversity are set to star in a one-off Britain's Got Talent Christmas special, after complaints about their Black Lives Matter-inspired performance on the show last weekend soared to a record 21,673.

New BGT judge Ashley Banjo and his dance troupe sparked controversy with their performance, which featured the portrayal of a policeman kneeling on Banjo's neck. 

Now The Sun has claimed the dance group, who won the show in 2009, will front a BGT Christmas special which will see some of the show's most successful acts return and join forces with one another to impress the audience.   

Comeback: Diversity are set to star in a one-off BGT Christmas special, after complaints about their recent BLM-inspired dance soared to a record 21,673 (Ashley Banjo pictured)

Comeback: Diversity are set to star in a one-off BGT Christmas special, after complaints about their recent BLM-inspired dance soared to a record 21,673 (Ashley Banjo pictured) 

A TV source told the publication that Diversity are 'top of the wish list' alongside Susan Boyle and magician Marc Spelmann.

They said: 'Simon and his team didn't want to simply do another Champions version so they came up with this twist. 

'The idea is that they will collaborate and create a unique, one-off performance for fans.  

'There was talk about creating super-groups — for example, putting together the best dance acts and the best magic acts to compete against one another — but that's out of the window.

Upcoming: The show will see some of the show's most successful acts return (original judges David Walliams, Alesha Dixon, Amanda Holden and Simon Cowell pictured last year)

Upcoming: The show will see some of the show's most successful acts return (original judges David Walliams, Alesha Dixon, Amanda Holden and Simon Cowell pictured last year)

They added the show will be 'spectacular for fans' but that the details of putting on the show amid the COVID-19 crisis are still being ironed out.      

MailOnline has contacted representatives for BGT for comment. 

Ofcom complaints following the group's divisive set reached 21,673 on Monday - and edged closer to becoming the most protested TV moment of the decade. 

The flood of complaints puts the controversial routine just steps behind Celebrity Big Brother's 'punchgate' which received 25,237 objections in 2018, after Roxanne Pallett falsely accused Ryan Thomas of hitting her.  

'That should confuse the racists': On Monday, dancer Ashley, 31, shared a snap of his kids Rose, 18 months, and Micah, five months, and highlighted 'one child is brown and one is white'

'That should confuse the racists': On Monday, dancer Ashley, 31, shared a snap of his kids Rose, 18 months, and Micah, five months, and highlighted 'one child is brown and one is white'

TV personality Ashley, 31, took to social media to 'lighten the mood' later in the day as he shared a sweet image of his daughter Rose, 18 months, and son Micah, five months.

Highlighting that 'one child is brown and one is white' in a bold message to the naysayers, the choreographer penned: 'There’s been a lot of negativity recently so I thought I’d lighten the mood with a picture of me completing some dad duties.

'One child is brown and one is white... That should confuse the racists #diversity #family.' (sic)

On Friday, an Ofcom spokesperson confirmed to MailOnline that BGT had received 15,500 complaints. Last Monday, the figure stood at 1,121. 

'It's been a lot': The choreographer recently broke his silence about Diversity's routine during the first semi-final, and welcomed the conversation the complaints have started

'It's been a lot': The choreographer recently broke his silence about Diversity's routine during the first semi-final, and welcomed the conversation the complaints have started

Filling in: Ashley (pictured far right on Saturday) has stepped in as the variety show's latest judge while music mogul Simon, 60, recovers from his back injury

Filling in: Ashley (pictured far right on Saturday) has stepped in as the variety show's latest judge while music mogul Simon, 60, recovers from his back injury

The representative added: 'We are assessing the complaints against our broadcasting rules, but are yet to decide whether or not to investigate.' 

Ashley recently broke his silence about Diversity's routine during the first semi-final, and welcomed the conversation the complaints have started.

The dancer addressed both the positive and negative response in a candid video as he revealed he and the group have been the target of 'racial abuse and threats' following the dance. 

In the statement, he said: 'It's been a lot, everything from racial abuse to threats, to just some really nasty stuff. I'm not going to give light to it, I'm not going to give it any more time than it deserves.

'But a lot of the negativity, the nastiness, and the racism shows exactly why these performances and exactly why this conversation that has arisen is so necessary.  Racism is very real, I've known it before and I definitely know it now.'

He originally began his video by thanking those who had supported Diversity and had shared positive messages and well wishes, even mentioning those who had checked in on the members mental well-being during the aftermath of the routine.

The Leytonstone native said: 'Firstly I want to say thank you to all the people who are supportive of me and Diversity's performance, who've reached out. 

CBB: The complaints are just shy of Celebrity Big Brother's 'punchgate' which received 25,237 objections, after Roxanne Pallett, pictured, falsely accused Ryan Thomas of hitting her

Support: Ryan Thomas, pictured, received an outpouring of support following the shocking incident

CBB: The complaints are just shy of Celebrity Big Brother's 'punchgate' which received 25,237 objections, after Roxanne Pallett, left, falsely accused Ryan Thomas, right, of hitting her

'Honestly it's overwhelming the positive reaction to what we did. Hundreds of thousands of messages, comments, DMs and interactions in the street.

'There's been what 15-16,000 complaints of negativity thrown back at the performance, but trust me I'm right in the centre of it and the negativity is in the minority.

'The positive response has been huge so thank you so much everyone who has supported and shown love, stood by what we did.'

Grateful: He originally began his video by thanking those who had supported Diversity and had shared positive messages and well wishes

Grateful: He originally began his video by thanking those who had supported Diversity and had shared positive messages and well wishes

He added: 'Everyone who reached out who checked if we were alright, thank you to you as well. 

'We are good though, we are feeling positive, proud, happy confident and we stand by every single decision that we made for that performance.

'If I'm honest with you to be able to stand on the very stage that launched Diversity into the limelight as a judge on the panel, standing up for something, using our art to spark nationwide conversation, what more could I ask for as a creative and an artist?

'To entertain, to get people talking, to cause emotion, that is everything I could have asked for so I am proud and like I said I stand by it so thank you to everyone showing their positivity.'

Shocking: The ITV show has been embroiled in controversy after Diversity took to the stage with a Black Lives Matter-inspired performance

Shocking: The ITV show has been embroiled in controversy after Diversity took to the stage with a Black Lives Matter-inspired performance

Sharing his decision to remain positive in the face of racist , he went on: 'After this performance everything that we've seen, I don't know, it's been overwhelmingly negative sometimes, which is tough.

'But still, like I said, [I'm] standing strong and feeling so happy with what we've done, if that's what it takes that's a price I'm absolutely willing to pay.'

Ashley then described the dance routine in full, stipulating that Diversity were giving a 'summary of 2020' with their performance tackling topics like lockdown, COVID-19, the NHS, George Floyd's death and the Black Lives Matter movement.

'It was layered, it was something we wanted to bring to the stage to bring hope but also not to shy away from difficult conversations and difficult issues that have arisen,' he said of the dance.

Still going strong: Britain's Got Talent's second semi-final pulled in 4.95 million viewers, just a week after its first show sparked backlash from viewers (Ashley pictured)

Still going strong: Britain's Got Talent's second semi-final pulled in 4.95 million viewers, just a week after its first show sparked backlash from viewers (Ashley pictured)

'That's exactly why the question whether Britain's Got Talent was the right platform was one that I just can't get on board with. 

'If an artist or creative can't use real world issues, universal issues, to inspire their art and come through how they express them then what's the point?

'Britain's Got Talent has been a stage for so many incredible performers, artists and talents who want to express all different kinds of emotions and views, and stories, human ones.

'Of course political ideas are going to work into performances because it affects us every single day, universal things that affect us, that is what art is; it's an expression of how we feel and this set of 2020 is exactly that.'

'If you can't handle it Britain, wake up': Piers Morgan furiously spoke out in Diversity's defence on Monday morning

'If you can't handle it Britain, wake up': Piers Morgan furiously spoke out in Diversity's defence on Monday morning

Explaining that he wanted Diversity's dance to express the 'rollercoaster of emotions' that he and the group have experienced this year, he then addressed the portion of the dance dedicated to the Black Lives Matter movement.

'The bit that was really seemed to connect with people and agitate, annoy and offend people was the fact that we stood up and said that racism is real and as far as we're concerned it has to change so that we're tolerant because Black Lives Matter.

'Now, a lot of people were offended at the political nature of that statement, but that's never what we intended, black lives mattered long before it was anything political or affiliated with one set of people with a statement.

'Black Lives Matter is a fact. It is and always will be a fact. That's what I stand by that's what every single one of my team proudly standby and that's why we included it in our summary of 2020.'

Speaking out: Sitting alongside co-host Susanna Reid, Piers told viewers, 'If you can't handle that without feeling the need to never watch BGT again... there's something wrong with you'

Speaking out: Sitting alongside co-host Susanna Reid, Piers told viewers, 'If you can't handle that without

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