Ashley Banjo: Jai McDowall deserved BGT win

Diversity star Ashley Banjo thinks Jai McDowall ''one hundred percent'' deserved to win 'Britain's Got Talent'

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This article is from 2011.

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Ashley Banjo

Ashley Banjo thinks Jai McDowall deserved to win 'Britain's Got Talent' "one hundred percent".

The Diversity dancer - who was crowned champion of the third series of the ITV talent show with the street dance troupe in 2009 - rates Scottish singer Jai as one of his "three favourite acts ever" alongside his own group and operatic sensation Paul Potts.

Ashley exclusively told BANG Showbiz: "Jai one hundred percent deserved to win. There's just something about him. His performance at the semi-final was up there with my top three favourite performances ever on 'Britain's Got Talent'.

"I'd have to put Diversity in there! And opera singer Paul Potts from the first series."

However, 12-year-old Ronan Parke - who was runner-up to Jai - also received high praise from Ashley, despite claims the show had been fixed in his favour.

He added: "Ronan's just such a talented little boy - he's brilliant. He's got a really powerful, refined voice for his age. I suppose people just aren't satisfied without a little bit of controversy, but Ronan's going to do really well for himself anyway."

Diversity embark on their biggest UK Arena tour to date on March 29 at Glasgow's SECC venue. Tickets are now on sale. See www.gigsandtours.com for more details.

This article is from 2011.

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  • Written by: Ashley Banjo

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