Jordan Banjo

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Jordan Banjo
Born
Jordan Banjo

(1992-12-31) 31 December 1992 (age 26)
OccupationDancer, actor, presenter
Years active2007–present
ChildrenCassius Ashley Banjo
Current groupDiversity
DancesStreet dance
Websitewww.diversityofficial.com

Jordan Banjo (born 31 December 1992)[1] is a British street dancer, best known as a current member of the dance troupe Diversity, who won the third series of Britain's Got Talent.

Early Life[edit]

Jordan Banjo was born on 31 December 1992 to Danielle and Funso Banjo. Jordan has an older brother, Ashley Banjo, and a younger sister, Talisa. Jordan is very close to his mother and siblings and his sister often shows her support for him on social media. Jordan admitted to struggling to be away from his mum whilst on I'm a Celebrity.

While at school, Jordan was the victim of racist bullying and he used food as a source of comfort which caused him to gain weight in his teenage years. He became driven to lose weight and eventually lost seven stone.

Career[edit]

Before 2007: Swift Moves Juniors[edit]

Prior to the formation of Diversity in 2007 Jordan was a member of Swift Moves Juniors along with fellow Diversity members Sam Craske and Warren Russell.[2]

2007–present: Diversity[edit]

Jordan is currently a member of the dance troupe Diversity, who were formed in 2007 and won the third series of Britain's Got Talent in 2009.

Television work and presenting[edit]

Jordan, alongside fellow Diversity member Perri Kiely, took on the role of the backstage presenters for the fourth series of Got to Dance in the Spring of 2013.[3]

In Summer 2013, Jordan and Perri hosted their own television show called Jordan and Perri's Ultimate Block Party, which saw them transform a club (Swim Team, Youth Club etc.) into a dance troupe.[4]

It was announced on 17 February 2014 that Jordan and Perri would be the UK hosts for the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards 2014[5][6]

Jordan and Perri were again announced as UK hosts for the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards for 2015[7] and 2016[8][9]

On 10 November 2016, Banjo was confirmed to be taking part in I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here.[10] Jordan Banjo was the fourth celebrity to leave the jungle on the 29 November 2016.[11]

In 2018, Banjo was the backstage digital presenter for Dancing on Ice.[12] The following year, he started co-hosting The Greatest Dancer, with Alesha Dixon.

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role
2009 Britain's Got Talent Winner, as part of Diversity
2010 StreetDance 3D Member of Aaron′s Crew
2012–2014 Ashley Banjo's Secret Street Crew Mentor
2013 Got to Dance Backstage Co-presenter
Got to Dance: Auditions Uncut Voiceover
Jordan and Perri's Ultimate Block Party Co-presenter
2014 Ashley Banjo's Big Town Dance Himself
Get Your Skills On Himself
Hacker Time Himself
Stars at Your Service Himself
Jordan and Perri's Xmas Slime Himself[13]
Release The Hounds: Jingle Hell Himself, team won £12,000 to split between NSPCC and Beatbullying[14]
2014— Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards UK Co-host
2015 Diversity Live Himself
You're Back in the Room Guest
2016 I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! Participant
2017 Diversity Presents Steal the Show Himself
2018 Dancing on Ice Backstage Digital Host[15]
2019– The Greatest Dancer Co-presenter

Personal life[edit]

Jordan Banjo was in a relationship with Little Mix star, Jesy Nelson for 10 months but the pair split in 2013. Their breakup was partly due to Jordan finding it hard to deal with Jesy's fame and the attention she received from male fans.

Jordan began dating Naomi Courts in 2015. In May of 2018, Jordan revealed via Instagram that he and Naomi had welcomed their first child, Cassius Ashley Banjo. Cassius' middle name was named after Jordan's elder brother. Eight months after Cassius was born the couple announced that they are expecting another baby and later revealed that it is a girl due in late 2019.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jordan Banjo". Retrieved 18 February 2014.
  2. ^ "'Diversity Juniors' vs Trial n Error Crew Street Dance Battle (The Jump Off 77)". Retrieved 5 January 2014.
  3. ^ "Got to Dance". Retrieved 22 December 2013.
  4. ^ "Jordan Perri Ultimate block party". Retrieved 20 December 2013.
  5. ^ "It's official! The fab @Jordan_Banjo & @realperrikiely are the UK hosts for the Kids' Choice Awards this March!". Retrieved 17 February 2014.
  6. ^ "Kids Choice Awards". Retrieved 18 February 2014.
  7. ^ "Road to the Kids' Choice Awards 2015". Nichelodeon. Retrieved 9 March 2015.
  8. ^ "Diversity stars return to Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards as hosts". PressParty. Retrieved 26 January 2016.
  9. ^ "nickelodeonukHave you heard the news? @jordbanjo and @realperrikiely have something REALLY exciting to tell you...! #KCA". Instagram. Retrieved 26 January 2016.
  10. ^ "Meet your 2016 Celebrity Campmates". ITV. Retrieved 13 November 2016.
  11. ^ "Diversity's Jordan Banjo becomes fourth person to leave I'm a Celebrity". ITV News. Retrieved 30 November 2016.
  12. ^ "Jordan Banjo joins brother Ashley on Dancing on Ice". 8 December 2017.
  13. ^ "Jordan and Perri's Xmas Slime". nickelodeon. Retrieved 29 November 2014.
  14. ^ "Release The Hounds". facebook. Retrieved 24 November 2014.
  15. ^ "Twitter:Joining @Schofe, @hollywills..." @dancingonice. 8 December 2017. Retrieved 8 December 2017.

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