Ashley firmly believes that coming from his two-parent, loving home in Wickford, Essex, has shaped him into the confident, bright and articulate man he is today.He says: 'My parents have been married for over 20 years and have set us kids a great example.The interest has been phenomenal.' When I ask Ashley what percentage of this new interest would be from the opposite sex, he laughs and says: 'About 99 per cent. I've heard there's some pretty racy stuff on the internet about me, but I haven't Googled yet, I'm far too innocent!Ashley reveals: 'It's gone crazy - there's now a waiting list for the waiting list.We can't take any more on because all the classes are full to capacity.
I'm not going to be spinning on my head when I'm 50, but as a qualified scientist I can always earn a living.'My brother Jordan, who is also in Diversity, plans to train as an accountant.' Victory: Diversity celebrate their success after being named the winners of Saturday night's Britain's Got Talent The parents who have instilled these values into Ashley, Jordan, 16, and their 15-year-old sister Dalisa are Danielle and Funso Banjo, who each run a successful business and were proudly cheering their sons on from the audience on Saturday night.Keeping his feet on the ground: Diversity's lead dancer Ashley Banjo (R) and 13-year-old Perry Kiely at a press conference following their win 'It seems to me the entertainment industry is cut-throat and if you don't have a plan B up your sleeve then you're likely to come a cropper.'As far back as I can remember, my parents drummed into me the importance of doing well at school.
In the coming months Diversity have a UK tour to plan and rehearse for countless media interviews and, of course, that much-lauded performance in front of the Queen at the Royal Variety Performance in November.
As if all that wasn't hectic enough, group choreographer Ashley Banjo, 20, also has to find the time to study for his masters degree in physics and biology - something he considers every bit as important as his new-found fame and dancing for royalty.