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Britain’s Got Talent supports Diversity “heartfelt” performance

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Britain’s Got Talent has released a statement in full support of Diversity’s “heartfelt” performance.

The former winners of the ITV talent show took to the stage during this year’s semi-finals to perform a Black Lives Matter-inspired routine, which also reflected on COVID-19 and more of the world’s biggest talking points from 2020.

While the performance received a positive reception from the majority, Ofcom confirmed that close to 3000 complaints had been made in relation to the show, with some arguing that the routine was too political for a Saturday night programme.

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Now, BGT has come out in support of the performance, with an ITV spokesman stating: “Britain’s Got Talent has always been an inclusive show, which showcases diversity and supports strong storytelling in all forms and ITV stands behind the decision to broadcast Diversity’s performance on BGT.

“Ashley and the group are a great example of the talent, creativity and diversity of modern Britain and their performance was an authentic, heartfelt response to many of the issues and events which have affected society in 2020.”

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BGT judge Alesha Dixon also recently came out in full support of Diversity’s routine, while denying that she threatened to walk away from the show if it apologised for the performance.

“For the record I never threatened to quit BGT,” she tweeted. “I’ve had no conversations with ITV regarding this matter and Katie Hind made up this story, I do however stand by and support @AshleyBanjo and Diversity. #IamNotYourMediaPuppet.”

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Since the performance, Banjo has revealed that he and other members of the dancing troupe have received abuse online.

When one troll on social media suggested that he and other black stars shouldn’t discuss racism, he replied: “For the people sending this: You do not represent or speak for the Great British public. 2. Silence was never and will never be an option. 3. Change is inevitable… Get used to it.”

In the comments of the post, Dixon added: “”[They] can kiss my black ass!”

The Britain’s Got Talent semi-finals continue on Saturday evenings on ITV.


For more information on how you can support Black Lives Matter, please visit its official website or donate here. Readers can also donate to the UK anti-discrimination group Stand Up To Racism, and the Unite Families & Friends Campaign, which supports those affected by deaths in police, prison and psychiatric custody.


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The Bones fan theory that points fingers at a new Gormogon

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The Gormogon investigation is the main arc of Bones season 3, and the team spends the season gathering more and more information about the mysterious, ritualistic nature of the killer’s crimes and existence. Before Booth’s SWAT team finally confronts the killer and guns him down in his creepy ceremonial chamber, the viewers find out that there have been more than one Gormogon over the years, and that the current one even had an apprentice — Dr. Brennan’s youthful assistant Zack Addy (Eric Millegan). The Gormogon’s influence looms so large that in season 12, we find out that he also had a second apprentice (James Immekus).  

Though the Gormogon ultimately turns out to be a random person, the show drops several hints that the killer might be a character we’ve met before we actually see the cannibal in the flesh. In fact, one very major character is suspicious enough that he’s even arrested as a Gormogon suspect. The man in question is Dr. Lance Sweets (John Francis Daley), a young psychologist who enters the show as the therapist for both Dr. Brennan and Booth. Though the mental health professional turns out to be innocent and even becomes a series regular, some viewers feel that there’s something “off” about the character. What’s more, they feel that said something reeks a lot like a hidden career as a version of the Gormogon.

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How to Watch UFC 253: Adesanya vs. Costa Live Stream and Fight Card

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Israel Adesanya defends his UFC Middleweight Championship against Paulo Costa at UFC 253!

Emanating from the Flash Forum on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, tonight’s event features a battle between two unbeaten fighters as Adesanya (19-0) and Costa (13-0) collide for UFC gold. The man known as “The Last Stylebender has the height advantage (6’4″ to 6’1”), but Costa, aka “The Eraser,” enters tonight’s bout with an impressive 92% knockout percentage. Who will leave Abu Dhabi with the UFC Middleweight Championship? We’re about to find out.

Here’s how to watch UFC 253 live online.

WHAT TIME IS UFC 253?

UFC 253 officially begins tonight (September 26) at 7:00 p.m. ET with preliminary bouts on ESPN 2, ESPN+, and Fight Pass. The main card, which you can purchase through ESPN+, is expected to begin at around 10:00 p.m. ET.

WHAT IS THE UFC 253 FIGHT CARD?

Along with Adesanya vs. Costa, the main card features the following bouts:

  • Dominick Reyes vs. Jan Blachowicz (Light Heavyweight Title Bout)
  • Kai Kara France vs. Brandon Royval
  • Ketlen Vieira vs. Sijara Eubanks
  • Hakeem Dawodu vs. Zubaira Tukhugov

You can preview the full card on UFC’s website.

HOW TO WATCH UFC 253 ADESANYA VS COSTA LIVE ONLINE:

UFC 253 is exclusive to ESPN+, so if you’re looking to stream this pay-per-view event, ESPN+ is your only option. If you’re a new subscriber to ESPN+, you can order UFC 253 and an annual ESPN+ subscription for $84.98. Note: Your annual ESPN+ subscription will auto-renew (which means you’ll be billed $49.99 plus tax) at the end of your subscription, so be sure to cancel before it runs out if you don’t want to be charged for another year.

There’s also a new UFC streaming offer. You can also purchase tonight’s event through the UFC 253 & The Disney Bundle, which gives you a subscription to ESPN+, Disney+, and Hulu (ad-supported) for $12.99/month and UFC 253 for $64.99. If you’re already an ESPN+ subscriber, you can purchase the event for $64.99.

Both the early preliminary fights (7:00 p.m.) and the preliminary bouts (8:00 p.m.) will be available to stream on ESPN 2 and ESPN+. You can also watch UFC 253’s preliminary bouts from 7:00-10:00 p.m. ET on ESPN.com (with a cable login), the ESPN app, or with an active subscription to Sling TV, AT&T TV NOW, YouTube TV, fuboTV, or Hulu + Live TV.

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Corrie star would have preferred I’m a Celebrity’s UK location

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Not everyone is going to love I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here‘s brand new location for its 2020 series, but former contestant and Coronation Street star Jennie McAlpine would have much preferred this year’s camp.

Jennie, who finished fourth in 2017’s I’m a Celebrity, spoke to Radio Times about ITV’s decision to move its camp to Gwrych Castle, Abergele in North Wales – and it turns out she’s a bit jealous of this year’s line-up.

Because far from being scared of Australia’s native creepy crawlies, it was the heat that worried her ahead of the show. “[Wales] would have been ideal for me… because I’m a red head so it was a real worry going to Australia,” the Fiz Brown actress admitted.

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“That was one of my biggest fears, that it’s going to be too hot.”

She continued: “Everyone else was thinking, ‘Bikini, sunbathing’ and I was dreading it, but actually on our year, it chucked it down all the time. Everyone else was gutted but I was secretly pleased. So Wales would suit me perfectly.”

While I’m a Celebrity‘s move from New South Wales to Wales may have suited Jennie better, previous winner Vicky Pattison recently revealed she thinks the new location will make the experience harder for stars.

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Not least because there’ll be “a lot more sheep testicles”.

“I do think they’re going to find that really hard. It’s just going to add another dynamic to it,” she said of the move. “I think I would struggle, because you fire yourself up. You get all excited that you’re going to be in the jungle shower, and in the famous camp.”

2015’s Queen of the Jungle is looking forward to the new series nonetheless. “Now it is going to be really different,” Vicky added. “[And] on the plus side, they’re the first to ever do this, they’re paving the way for something new.”

I’m a Celebrity will return later this year on ITV.


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