Street dancers Diversity were the surprise winners of the Britain's Got Talent 2009 Final held in London, England on May 30. Formed in 2007, the group of 11 dancers hail from Dagenham, a suburban town in east London. The multi-ethnic troupe consists of three sets of brothers aged between 12 to 25 and they were the UK Street Dance Champions 2007. Diversity showcased a street dance routine choreographed by 20-year-old Ashley Banjo. Judge Simon Cowell described their performance as "utter perfection". "If I had to give marks on that, that is the only performance tonight I would want to give a 10 to" Cowell added. Diversity won the top prize money of 100,000 pounds (RM565,00) and an invitation to perform before Queen Elizabeth in the Royal Variety Performance in December.
Susan Boyle who was the favorite to win the competition came in second. For the final she reprised the song she had sung in the audition and which had made her famous - I Dreamed A Dream from the musical Les Miserables. Putting behind her jitters and less than perfect rendition of Memory in the semi-final last weekend, Boyle put on a polished and perfect performance this time. Judge Piers Morgan called it "the greatest performance I have seen in the history of Britain's Got Talent - you should win the competition, I loved it". Fellow judge Amanda Holden said, "I have never heard such powerful, confident vocals". Following her performance, a bashful Boyle who wore a modest grey sequined long dress said she wanted to thank people for all the support they had given her.
Britain's Got Talent has been seen by millions of viewers around the world. Besides actress Demi Moore and rock star Jon Bon Jovi who are fans of Susan Boyle, the King of Pop, Michael Jackson also watched this show. Jackson was so thrilled with the win by Diversity that he now wants them to join him on stage in his upcoming This It It UK shows. It means that Diversity could be dancing alongside the Thriller star who is set to play 50 live gigs at the O2 Arena in London beginning next month. Jackson's performances are as much about the dancing as they are his singing and Diversity could add to the magic and help pull in the crowds. Choreographer Kenny Ortega (who will be directing the remake of Footloose) who is putting together the This Is It show is also keen to include Diversity in Jackson's show.
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