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Dagenham's Diversity is best of British

PUBLISHED: 13:27 04 June 2009 | UPDATED: 11:04 11 August 2010

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 31:  Dance troupe Diversity attend a press conference after winning the live final of Britain's Got Talent at Sony Headquarters on May 31, 2009 in London, England.  (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 31: Dance troupe Diversity attend a press conference after winning the live final of Britain's Got Talent at Sony Headquarters on May 31, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)

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DAGENHAM dance troupe Diversity were left shocked and speechless after beating the bookies favourite, Susan Doyle at the final of Britain s Got Talent. The 11 guys from Danceworks Studio, in New Road, were crowned winners of the hit ITV show last Saturda

DAGENHAM dance troupe Diversity were left shocked and speechless after beating the bookies favourite, Susan Doyle at the final of Britain's Got Talent.

The 11 guys from Danceworks Studio, in New Road, were crowned winners of the hit ITV show last Saturday after putting on another electrifying performance.

More than 18 million people across the country tuned in as the surprising result was read out.

Scottish spinster and singing sensation Susan Boyle, who has found worldwide fame since her first appearance in April, was heavily tipped to win.

But it was the talented street dancing gang from this borough that walked away with the £100,000 cash prize, leaving Susan in second place.

It took a few seconds for a gob smacked Ashley Banjo to get his words out, but when he did the 20-year-old choreographer told show hosts Ant and Dec: "I was getting so excited thinking we were second. We feel electric. Words can't describe it. I am genuinely shocked.

"We thought Susan was unstoppable. She's an unbelievable talent. Can I just say, everyone who voted, you've changed our lives."

Dressed in military style costumes, the team impressed the judges with an imaginative routine which drew inspiration from the movie, Transformers, and even included a humorous reference to the panel's buzzers.

After their performance, which was met with a standing ovation, Simon Cowell called their act "sheer and utter perfection", adding: "If I had to give marks, then this would be the only performance tonight I'd give a ten to."

As part of their prize the troupe, made up of three sets of brothers and a handful of friends, will now be performing in front of the Queen at the Royal Variety Performance in December.

And there have even been reports that Michael Jackson was so mesmerised by their moves, he is keen for them to join him on his UK tour.


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