Ashley Banjo is ‘forever grateful’ a year after winning Bafta Must-See Moment.

Dancer and TV personality Ashley Banjo has said that winning the Must-See Moment award at the 2021 TV Baftas “changed the game for the diversity dance troupe.”

anjo and Diversity won the Virgin Media Must-See Moment award, the only British Academy Television award voted for by the public for their performance of Black Lives Matter on Britain’s Got Talent in September 2020.

At the performance, a man in a police uniform knelt on banjo, repeating the killing of unarmed black man George Floyd and sparking more than 24,000 complaints to Ofcom.

A year after the win, Banjo said on Good Morning Britain: “Anytime I get a chance to say thank you to people I always do because honestly those votes and that Bafta just changed the game for us.

“It was such a ray of light in a dark time. For that we will be forever grateful.”

Reflecting on the shock of victory, Banjo said: “Imagine if we walked away from most of the complaints and then you put that same moment up for a public vote, there’s a big part of you that thinks that things probably won’t happen, but we’re even more grateful for all the support, so when it does happen, the look on our faces, me and my brother, was absolutely genuine.

“We were amazed.”

The Virgin Media Must-See Moment award celebrates the diversity of British television and the moments that get the nation talking, tweeting and laughing throughout the year.

2021 nominees include Adele’s on-screen reunion with the teacher who changed her life and Rose Ayling-Ellis’ silent dance with Giovanni Pernice in Strictly Come Dancing.

Also in the running are Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly, who are digging up alleged lockdown-busting parties at Downing Street at I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!, the gruesome red-light-green-light game from the first hit of the hit South Korean series Squid Game and Colin’s devastating AIDS diagnosis on Channel 4 drama It’s A Sin.

Bimini Bon Boulash’s verse in UK Hun’s performance at Ru Paul’s Drag Race UK? on BBC Three completes the list of nominees.

Banjo revealed that Ayling-Ellis and Pernice’s silent dance is his must-see moment for 2022.


Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice performed a silent dance at Strictly Come Dancing to honor the deaf community (Guy Levy/BBC/PA)

He said: “For me, I mean, it’s hard. I want to see what happens and what the public thinks, but I think Rose and Giovanni’s moment on Strictly was a really, really special one.

“That’s what I love about Virgin Media’s must-see moment, that it’s so diverse. It’s so broad and there are moments for everyone, so it’s always interesting to see what people choose.”

A year after his win, Banjo was asked by GMB presenter Susanna Reid if the award had helped ease the pain of the ailment.

Over a video call from Leicester, Banjo said: “Absolutely, that’s literally why I’m here today. I was standing in this very same room last night performing to a sold out crowd on tour with Diversity and I literally spoke to them about how amazing the Bafta moment was and I can’t believe it’s been so long you know, so much time has flown by.

The winner will be announced at the Virgin Media Bafta TV Awards on May 8th. Ashley Banjo is ‘forever grateful’ a year after winning Bafta Must-See Moment.

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