Britain's Got Talent's Ofcom complaints have more than doubled to 2,966 after dance troupe Diversity performed a controversial routine inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement.
The new figures come as lead dancer, choreographer and guest judge Ashley Banjo defended his group's performance, calling it 'his art'.
Diversity's routine, which narrated the killing of unarmed black man George Floyd in May, had already polarised fans of the mainstream talent show on Saturday night due to its overtly political stance.
An Ofcom spokesperson confirmed to MailOnline on Tuesday afternoon that complaints had more than doubled to 2,966. On Monday the figure stood at 1,121.
Doubled: Britain's Got Talent's Ofcom complaints have more than doubled to 2,966 after dance troupe Diversity performed a routine inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement
Ofcom have stated they 'are yet to decide whether or not to investigate' while assessing the complaints.
The update comes as Ashley, 31, defended the routine and took to Instagram to release a statement.
He penned: 'Art: The expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their Beauty or emotional power. My truth, my platform, my art.
'I've always tried to create not only to entertain but also to inspire... That will never change.'
Ashley then referenced a Martin Luther King Jr quote as he revealed he was both 'grateful' and 'overwhelmed' by the support.
'My truth, my platform, my art': The new figures come as lead dancer and guest judge Ashley Banjo defended his group's performance, calling it 'his art' (pictured in 2019)
He continued: 'Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter' - Martin Luther King Jr.
'I'm so grateful and overwhelmed by all of the love and support but also by the amount of conversation this performance has thrown up 2020 has been such a historical year.
'One day we will look back and realise it was the start of real change... Sending out nothing but love and positivity to everyone reading this post #wearediversity.'
Ashley's post was flooded by messages of support from his fellow dancers and celebrity pals.
His brother, Jordan Banjo, 27, put: 'Proud.' Perri Kiely, 24, wrote: 'Nah I’m so gassed to be a part of this.'
Ashley Roberts, 38, said: 'Loved this performance!!' Strictly Come Dancing professional, Neil Jones, 38, added: 'For me it was powerful.'
Support: Ashley's post was flooded by messages of support from his fellow dancers and celebrity pals
Statement: Ashley also wrote on Sunday, just hours after the performance aired: 'So much to say... But I’ll Just let the performance talk...'
Ashley also wrote on Sunday, just hours after the performance aired: 'So much to say... But I’ll Just let the performance talk. Thousands of messages of Love and support - Thank you.
'For the thousands of messages of hate and ignorance - Thank you. You highlight exactly what needs to change. Sending nothing but love to you all #Diversity.'
It comes after an Ofcom spokesperson told MailOnline on Monday: 'I can confirm that we have received 1,121 complaints for Britain's Got Talent on 5 September, most of which were in relation to the Diversity performance.
'We are assessing the complaints against our broadcasting rules, but are yet to decide whether or not to investigate.'
The former Britain's Got Talent champions opened Satuday's performance by reciting a viral poem The Great Realisation by the singer Tomfoolery, about the BLM movement and police brutality.
Spokesperson: An Ofcom spokesperson confirmed to MailOnline on Tuesday afternoon that complaints had more than doubled to 2,966. On Monday they were 1,121
During their performance the group also illustrated the death of Floyd, who lost his life after police officer Derek Chauvin put his knee on his neck for nearly nine minutes during an arrest in Minneapolis on May 25 for nearly nine minutes.
The routine was met with a flurry of mixed responses from viewers, with some calling out the display as making a 'political statement' and others hailing the dance 'powerful'.
One user wrote: 'Disgraceful! Make political statements elsewhere not on a family TV show.'
While another commented: 'Wrong time and place. BGT should be a lovely entertainment show not political. I had thoroughly enjoyed the show and forgot the troubles of the world and then thud!
'So disappointed though AB was a great judge