Amanda Holden defends Diversity after their BLM inspired Britain's Got Talent performance received 15,000 complaints

Britain's Got Talent judge Amanda Holden defended Ashley Banjo and Diversity as the number of OFCOM complaints about their performance during the show's first semi-final rose to over 15,000.

"It is is extraordinary and I think the number of negative complaints means that this conversation is right and fundamental and should continue to happen," she told Piers and Susanna on Good Morning Britain.

"What hasn’t really been highlighted is that we were inundated with positive responses. Like hundreds of thousands of them," she added as she spoke on behalf of the BGT family to express her support for her colleague.

She said that Ashley, who is standing in for an injured Simon Cowell during the show's semi-finals, was doing "a phenomenal job".

"We stand by him and stand by that performance 100%," she added.

Piers described the routine in question as a "powerful performance by a brilliant dance troupe" as he reflected on Diversity's Britain's Got Talent win back in 2009, when he was still a member of the judging panel.

And he also asked Amanda how Ashley was taking the reaction to the performance behind the scenes.

"He’s an extraordinary intelligent man," she said, making reference to a video he shared on his Instagram account addressing the controversy. "He sends out positive vibes to both the haters and the lovers of the piece they did," she continued.

"He’s saddened by the negativity but it sort of backs up the fact that we all need to be talking about it and need to support it and talk about the positivity."