Published On: Mon, May 3rd, 2021

Diversity’s Jordan Banjo reveals the dance group are filming a documentary

Diversity star Jordan Banjo has revealed that a documentary about the dance troupe is in the works.

Speaking on his Kiss FM breakfast show, Jordan, 28, said: ‘We’ve had conversations about it. It’s finding the right people to do it and giving yourself enough time to get sorted properly.’

He added: ‘We’re going to put on an 80-date tour then bring in a film crew. Let’s make sure it’s entertaining.’

Exciting: Diversity star Jordan Banjo, 28, has revealed that a documentary about the dance troupe is in the works

The doting father was in conversation with his co-host and fellow Diversity member Perri Kiely, who added: ‘It would be really cool. It would be nice to watch online, like a YouTube thing.’

Jordan also touched upon the difficulties of filming a ‘fly-on-the-wall’ documentary.

He continued: ‘The hard part is that, when there is always so much stuff going on, how do we fit it in?

‘Fly-on-the-wall things are not just fly-on-the-wall, are they? It takes more time – and you want it to be done properly.’

Perri, 25, agreed, saying: ‘You can see the inner workings. There’s so much more than meets the eye.’

Making headlines: In September, Diversity made headlines after their Britain's Got Talent BLM-inspired dance became the second most complained about TV moment of the past 10 years

Making headlines: In September, Diversity made headlines after their Britain’s Got Talent BLM-inspired dance became the second most complained about TV moment of the past 10 years

In September, Diversity made headlines after their Britain’s Got Talent BLM-inspired dance became the second most complained about TV moment of the past 10 years.

Led by Ashley Banjo, Diversity opened their performance by reciting a viral poem The Great Realisation by the singer Tomfoolery, about the BLM movement and police brutality.

During their performance, the group also narrated the murder of George Floyd at the hands of police officer Derek Chauvin put his knee on his neck in Minneapolis on May 25 for nearly nine minutes.

The flood of complaints put 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.

It comes after Ashley, 32, said he is ‘massively proud’ of his group’s Black Lives Matter dance routine after it received a BAFTA nomination.

Appearing on Saturday night’s The Jonathan Ross Show, the dancer touched upon the impressive routine.

He told host Jonathan, 60: ‘It was controversial, made a lot of people unhappy, but it also made a lot of people stand up and be proud. It made a lot of conversations happen that needed to happen.’

Proud: Diversity star Ashley Banjo, 32, said he is 'just massively proud' of his group's Black Lives Matter dance routine after it received a BAFTA nomination

Proud: Diversity star Ashley Banjo, 32, said he is ‘just massively proud’ of his group’s Black Lives Matter dance routine after it received a BAFTA nomination

He added: ‘That performance, it was life-changing, it was incredible.

‘To potentially win a Bafta for something that was controversial when it shouldn’t have been, it will be something that stays with me for the rest of my life.’

Ashley also discussed the negative feedback the routine received.

Speaking of the controversy, the doting father said: ‘We thought it would ruffle a few feathers, but not be one of the most complained about moments of the decade.’

Important: Appearing on Saturday night's The Jonathan Ross Show, the dancer discussed the impressive routine, which took place during Britain's Got Talent in September

Important: Appearing on Saturday night’s The Jonathan Ross Show, the dancer discussed the impressive routine, which took place during Britain’s Got Talent in September 

He added: ‘The reaction, even still to this day, the online reaction I get on a daily basis is shocking, actually. But I’d do it 100 times over.’

The star also confirmed to host Jonathan that ITV were supportive of Diversity.

‘They backed it,’ he said. ‘They put out full-page ads in the press.’

Touchingly, Ashley went on to reveal just how much the moment meant for his own father.

‘My dad, to see me taking the knee in the national papers across the country.

He told host Jonathan, 60: 'It was controversial, made a lot of people unhappy, but it also made a lot of people stand up and be proud'

He told host Jonathan, 60: ‘It was controversial, made a lot of people unhappy, but it also made a lot of people stand up and be proud’ 

‘He was like, “I was young when it would say no blacks, no dogs, no Irish and now I’m looking at you in the national press”.

‘He was really touched. That’s progress. Just seeing his face.’

Ashley also opened up about the call he received from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle after Diversity’s performance aired.

He said: ‘We had a really lovely chat. Made me sort of realise, way before their [Oprah] interview, they spoke me through some stuff and really opened my eyes to some of the stuff they’d been through.

‘I was like, wow, this is real and if anyone understood it, they did, about where I was at, in the midst of a storm.

‘It was basically front page news for about three weeks. I still can’t really understand why.

‘It was huge and people were talking about it. They said, ‘listen we understand what it’s like to receive that sort of negativity.’

There was fury on Tuesday as Diversity’s controversial Britain’s Got Talent Black Lives Matter dance routine was shortlisted for a BAFTA after being nominated by ITV despite being the second most complained-about TV moment for a decade.

Officials were accused of pursuing a ‘woke, political agenda’ by considering the dance for the Virgin Media’s Must-See Moment Award, where it will now go to a public vote alongside five other scenes.

Powerful: Led by Ashley, Diversity opened their performance by reciting a viral poem The Great Realisation by the singer Tomfoolery, about the BLM movement and police brutality

Powerful: Led by Ashley, Diversity opened their performance by reciting a viral poem The Great Realisation by the singer Tomfoolery, about the BLM movement and police brutality 

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