Monday, June 01, 2009

Diversity 'didn't expect to win' BGT

More than 19 million people tuned in to watch Diversity win Britain's Got Talent, making it the most watched programme in five years.

Susan Boyle was the clear favourite ever since her first audition, which has become the fifth most watched video ever on YouTube. However, it wasn't to be.

The 48-year-old from West Lothian was gracious in defeat. She was clapping the dance act as they fell to the floor in disbelief at beating her.

At the press conference for the winners on Sunday morning, Diversity were still in shock.

Choreographer and leader of the gang, 20-year-old Ashley said: "I really didn't expect us to win at all, I thought there was no chance whatsoever. We were just going to do our best.

"So to come away as the winners, we still haven't got our heads around it."

'No sleep'

Thirteen-year-old Perri said: "Winning yesterday, I'm just speechless. I haven't really taken it in yet because I haven't had much sleep."

They were all clearly overwhelmed by the attention at the press conference.

Susan Boyle
Susan Boyle was taken to a London clinic after the final

There were reporters from all over the world, probably there in anticipation of Susan Boyle winning.

Ashley said Susan Boyle was lovely back stage: "Obviously you'd be a bit disappointed, you wouldn't be human if you weren't."

It was never going to matter whether Susan won or lost. The papers reckon she's set to make at least £7 million in her first year.

Susan had the likes of Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher twittering about her. But on the night Demi was seemingly blown away by Diversity.

She twittered: "Diversity was amazing and so incredibly humble. I love that."

Child support

Twenty-five-year-old Ian McNaughton was stunned: "Did she say that? I'm lost for words. I don't know what to say. That's amazing, absolutely amazing."

The other big question mark from this year is whether children should be allowed to take part.

Perri from Diversity
Simon Cowell gave Diversity 10 out of 10 for their performance

Hollie Steel cried when she forgot her words in the semi-final on Friday.

She was allowed to sing again and made it through to the final.

Would the same rules have applied if any of the adults forgot their words?

Back to the winners, and before Britain's Got Talent, Diversity's only other public performance was at a shopping centre in Essex.

It earned them just £150, about £10 each. On Saturday they banked £100,000.

Ian says they're not thinking about that just yet: "The money's better than a kick in the head but it's an extra for us and something we'll think about down the line."

The future

So what lies ahead? They have the Britain's Got Talent tour, which kicks off later this month, and of course the performance at the Royal Variety Show.

Ian's excited about that. "We're going to work on something, we want it to be amazing, it's a massive honour, so we're going to try and up it," he said.

If these boys get anywhere near the sort of attention George Sampson has been getting this past year, then they better be prepared for the girls, lots of them, screaming and camping outside their houses.

Ashley: "I'm used to the attention. Ha, ha. Just kidding. We'll take it in our stride."

As for the other contestants, they'll all go on the tour but there's already interest in many of them.

Piers Morgan admitted during the show that a lot of people had already contacted him about Stavros Flatley, including England cricketer Freddie Flintoff.

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