BGT decide Ashley Banjo removed braids to be accepted on TV
Ashley Banjo has confessed to eradicating some factor of “authenticity” as a way to make it within the TV business.
A brief Britain’s Obtained Expertise decide this yr, and former winner of the competitors with dance troupe Range, he just lately spoke to GQ Hype about moulding himself.
“I knew that there was a model of me that would not be as accepted and a model of me that will,” he famous.
Referencing the sacrifices he made in the beginning of his profession, Ashley recalled: “It may be something from the best way that you simply painting your artwork, the music you selected, the garments you put on, the best way you converse, the best way that you simply stroll right into a constructing, the buddies you’re taking.
“I even keep in mind at one level I had cornrows, braids. And that was authentically me.
“However I keep in mind considering, ‘There is no one else on TV with plaits like me. Can I see myself internet hosting primetime BBC One like this? Perhaps not.’ I keep in mind considering, ‘I am on the up, let me shave [them] off,'” he added.
In the meantime, the Britain’s Obtained Expertise man hit the headlines this yr with a BLM-themed opening routine.
The dance included a poem concerning the occasions which have taken place this yr, notably the loss of life of George Floyd, the Black Lives Matter marches and the coronavirus pandemic.
The Britain’s Obtained Expertise closing airs this Saturday (October 10) on ITV.