Ashley Banjo wishes Simon Cowell well as he prepares to step in on BGT

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 24 August 2020
Ashley Banjo

Ashley Banjo

Ashley Banjo has wished Simon Cowell well in his recovery after he broke his back, as the Diversity dancer prepares to take his place on the 'Britain's Got Talent' judging panel for the semi-finals

Ashley Banjo has sent Simon Cowell his well wishes as he prepares to take his place on the 'Britain's Got Talent' panel.

The professional dancer – who won the third series of 'BGT' with dance troupe Diversity in 2009 – is to step in for the music mogul on the judging panel for the ITV show's semi-finals, after Simon broke his back recently and had to undergo surgery.

Ashley wrote on Instagram: "Funny what can change in a year – Let alone in a lifetime... @simoncowell get well soon boss man, I've got you until then. From contestant to judge... The journey continues #bgt #wearediversity (sic)"

ITV confirmed on Sunday (23.08.20) that Ashley would be taking Simon's place on the panel for the semis.

A post on the 'BGT' Instagram read: "It's official! The amazing @ashleybanjogram will be stepping in as Guest Judge for the #BGT Semi-Finals while @simoncowell recovers from his recent back operation.

"We can't wait to see you back on Britain's Got Talent, Ashley! (sic)"

Simon recently underwent a six-hour surgery after breaking his back in a fall from his electric bike at his Malibu home.

On Saturday (22.08.20), it was reported Simon had been advised by doctors not to fly back to the UK to work on the ITV show's finals.

A source said: "Everything is fixed, he just needs healing time. Flying halfway across the world is not part of the plan and he has agreed to put his health first."

Simon was recently gifted a tricycle by his 'America's Got Talent' co-star Howie Mandel following his e-bike disaster.

Posting a picture of the bike on Twitter, Simon wrote: "This just arrived at my house! Thank you @howiemandel (sic)"

And Howie replied: "Safe biking my friend."

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