BGT sees drop in ratings after Diversity's BLM routine but pulls in 4.8m people

Britain’s Got Talent saw a drop in rating this week after Diversity’s powerful Black Lives Matter performance.

But even when 500,000 people decided to change the channel, the show still pulled in a whopping 4.8 million viewers.

That’s right, after Ofcom received 15,500 complaints over the routine, breaking the media watchdog’s 2020 records, the programme itself came out unscathed.

It even saw more than double the viewership of its rival, The Last Night of the Proms, which racked up 2.1 million views.

If anything, BGT is thriving because of Ashley Banjo – who just last week, led his dance troupe through a stunning performance inspired by the recent global protests, which happened in wake of George Floyd’s death.

While Saturday’s show was prerecorded long before the backlash, the 31-year-old who is currently stepping in as a judge for Simon Cowell, walked out to Elton John’s I’m Still Standing – a coincidence we all loved to see.

He’s also taken to social media over the past few days where he remained defiant following the complaints.

‘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,’ he wrote when reacting to the controversy.

‘My truth, my platform, my art. I’ve always tried to create not only to entertain but also to inspire… That will never change.’

He then shared a quote by Martin Luther Jr, which read: ‘Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.’ 

And he wasn’t the only member of Diversity affected by the backlash, as Ashley’s younger brother Jordan had to fight back the tears this week when addressing the ‘abuse they’ve received’ on his Kiss radio show.

‘Of course, you get some critiques but normally it’s focused on the dance,’ the star explained. ‘But this one was different, it was really important, it was special to us.

‘We are all about positivity and love and we got so much positivity and love back from this one.’

He pressed: ‘But we also got bombarded with messages and articles of horrible stuff about us, about our families, about how even now Diversity not diverse enough because there’s only five white people in it.

‘I can’t speak for anyone else, it’s sad, it’s sad, genuinely. I feel really anxious and worried saying something like black lives matter when that’s all we want man, love and positivity.’

Britain’s Got Talent continues Saturday on ITV.

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