Britain’s Got Talent Winners Interview: Diversity On Winning And Susan Boyle

Anyone with half a brain will agree that Diversity were the deserving winners of Britain’s Got Talent 2009.

As SuBo mania swept over the world and the Hairy Angel’s increasingly bizarre exploits dominated column inches, Diversity kept true to what they do best: rehearsing, training and crafting an eye-poppingly creative dance routine that had the entire nation (except Piers – BOO!) grinning from ear to ear.

Anybody that can work a human Scorpion Transformer into a dance routine is all good by us.

We headed down to the Winners’ Press Conference first thing Sunday to get the lowdown from Ashley Banjo – the troupe’s choreographer – on how they felt, what their plans were, and quite what they thought of snatching the title from the most famous woman in entertainment.

Firstly, congratulations guys. How did you rate your chances against Susan Boyle?
To be honest, we thought we had no chance. We just went out there aiming to give the best performance we possibly could. So to come away as winners was amazing. We still haven’t got used to it.

As soon as the results were announced, SuBo said the ‘best act won’. What would you like to say back to her?
Susan was so gracious about it. She was so nice about the whole thing, and behind the stage she was no different. She’s just a really nice lady and I’m sure she’ll do brilliantly.

Where do you see your future? What do you have planned?
Well, firstly we’ve got the Royal Variety Performance! Other than that, we don’t think a street dance group from the UK has ever come this far. We’d love to pave our own path…. I don’t know. Maybe even tour with our own show one day?

Can you tell us what you’ve been up to since the moment you won to now (which, fact fans, had been a timespan of only 12 hours!)?
Just floating on air to be fair. We haven’t slept at all! It’s impossible! From the moment we won, we just spent the next six hours waiting to wake up!

Describe the moment you won to us.
I fell over, I think? My knees just gave way! I mean, I had my runner-up speech all ready, and then when they said our name, I just buckled!

How do you think Simon Cowell will make money out of you?
Erm… I don’t know. You’d have to ask Simon that! Whatever he decides, I think we’re something truly new and original, so you’ll have to wait and see!

Do you think Susan Boyle was faking it when she said the best group won? Was that real sincerity?
If anything, she was more gracious off stage. It’s only human to feel some disappointment, but she took it very well. She was even bodypopping with us behind stage afterwards!

Demi Moore has said you guys were amazing. How do you feel about that?

Seriously?! [laughs nervously] Wow. That’s amazing!

What inspired you to get the group together and enter the competition?

Well, back in 2006 a close family friend passed away. Her name was Sylvia, and when she finally succumbed to cancer, her death inspired us, and really gave us the push to get us together. Shortly after we choreographed our first routine, and then from there Britain’s Got Talent seemed like the logical next step.

What will you do with the money?

I honestly don’t know. I know it sounds cliched, but we didn’t enter this for the money. It’s great, but it’s not at the forefront of our thoughts, so I really can’t be sure.

For more Britain’s Got Talent, check out our recent news piece on Susan Boyle Exploding! (Not Literally) or our recent Interview with last year’s success story Escala. Or read our exclusive interview with the runners-up of last year’s X Factor, JLS, who about to launch their pop career…