Alesha Dixon was in ‘floods of tears’ during Diversity’s BLM dance on Britain’s Got Talent

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Alesha Dixon has revealed she had a very strong response to Diversity’s Black Lives Matter performance on Britain’s Got Talent.

The judge, 41, revealed how as she watched the troupe’s routine she grew emotional and ended up sitting ‘in floods of tears’, reports The Mirror

Since being aired on September 5, Ofcom has received 24,041 complaints about the dance with some critics saying it had politicised the entertainment show.

Emotional: Alesha Dixon has revealed that she was left in 'floods of tears' after watching Diversity's BLM dance routine on Britain's Got Talent

Emotional: Alesha Dixon has revealed that she was left in ‘floods of tears’ after watching Diversity’s BLM dance routine on Britain’s Got Talent 

However Alesha has made it clear that she supports the performance, revealing her reaction to being in the audience.

Alesha said: ‘On the day of the performance, the camera didn’t actually pan to the judges and I was sitting there in floods of tears.

‘I had this overwhelming feeling of “Wow I can’t believe I am watching this on BGT”. It felt really important.’

The singer also praised dancer Ashley Banjo, who is covering for Simon Cowell while he recovers from back surgery after falling from his electric bike, in her interview

Powerful: The TV judge said it felt 'really important' to be watching the BLM inspired dance on the talent show (pictured Ashley Banjo during the routine)

Powerful: The TV judge said it felt ‘really important’ to be watching the BLM inspired dance on the talent show (pictured Ashley Banjo during the routine)

Alesha said: ‘He is the perfect person to step in for Simon – and talk about making an impact on your first week!’

This isn’t the first time that Alesha has spoken about the dance, with her telling critics to ‘kiss my black a**’ on Instagram last Friday.  

Alesha commented under an post from a disgruntled social media user, who said: ‘We the Great British Public will only support you if you entertain us and do not say anything about racism.’

Hard hitting: The routine, which narrated the death of black man George Floyd beneath the knee of a white police officer, divided fans after it aired during the live show on Saturday September 5th

Hard hitting: The routine, which narrated the death of black man George Floyd beneath the knee of a white police officer, divided fans after it aired during the live show on Saturday September 5th

The comment referred to the BLM-inspired dance, which some have claimed had politicised the entertainment show, with one Twitter user insisting ‘they are a dance group not a political movement.’ 

The full post – which also referred to boxer Anthony Joshua and F1 champion Lewis Hamilton – read: ‘Dear Joshua, Hamilton, Banjo and any other black public figures.  

We the Great British Public will only support you if you entertain us and do not say anything about racism. Thank you for your understanding.’  

On the night: Alesha explained how the cameras didn't spin round to the judges during the dance but she was crying in her seat (pictured during the show on September 5)

On the night: Alesha explained how the cameras didn’t spin round to the judges during the dance but she was crying in her seat (pictured during the show on September 5)

Ashley shared a screenshot of a message written by a critic to his Instagram, and said in the caption: ‘1. You do not represent or speak for the Great British public. 

‘2. Silence was never and will never be an option. 3. Change is inevitable… Get used to it.’  

Alesha wasn’t the only celebrity to throw her support behind Ashley, as fellow Britain’s Got Talent judge Amanda Holden commented with a heart emoji. 

And former Britain’s Got Talent judge Piers Morgan retweeted a post made by Diversity member Ashley, adding: ‘I thought it was great. Ignore the haters, Ashley. Proud of you.’ 

Supportive: The singer previosuly gave her support to Ashley when he shared a post on Instagram from a troll telling him to keep politics out of entertainment

Supportive: The singer previosuly gave her support to Ashley when he shared a post on Instagram from a troll telling him to keep politics out of entertainment

Calling it out:  Ashley posted a comment from one troll who referred to him, Anthony Joshua and Lewis Hamilton, and said they shouldn't 'say anything about racism'

Calling it out:  Ashley posted a comment from one troll who referred to him, Anthony Joshua and Lewis Hamilton, and said they shouldn’t ‘say anything about racism’

Response: Ashley wrote back, '1. You do not represent or speak for the Great British public. 2. Silence was never and will never be an option. 3. Change is inevitable... Get used to it'

Response: Ashley wrote back, ‘1. You do not represent or speak for the Great British public. 2. Silence was never and will never be an option. 3. Change is inevitable… Get used to it’

Although now happening almost two weeks ago, the dance routine is still receiving complaints with TV regulator Ofcom counting 24,041 to date. 

The routine, which narrated the senseless death of black man George Floyd beneath the knee of a white police officer, divided fans after it aired during the live show on Saturday September 5th. 

The negative response has made it the second most complained about TV moment of all time, just behind Roxanne’s Pallett’s notorious appearance on Celebrity Big Brother, with a record 25,237 objections. 

ITV have stood by Diversity troupe leader Ashley Banjo after the performance provoked a heated response. 

In a statement the broadcaster told MailOnline that their performance offered an ‘authentic, heartfelt’ response to the issues of 2020 after viewers criticised the routine for ‘politicising’ the show.

They said: ‘Britain’s Got Talent has always been an inclusive show, which showcases diversity and supports strong storytelling in all forms and ITV stands behind the decision to broadcast Diversity’s performance on BGT.

‘Ashley and the group are a great example of the talent, creativity and diversity of modern Britain and their performance was an authentic, heartfelt response to many of the issues and events which have affected society in 2020.’ 

Support: The broadcaster shared a statement on their Twitter page as the furore continued

Support: The broadcaster shared a statement on their Twitter page as the furore continued

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