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Vas J Morgan has lashed out at TOWIE bosses in an impassioned statement, in which he details his experiences as the sole black male on the set of the reality show.

In a lengthy missive exclusively shared with the MailOnline, the TV personality, 31, accuses bosses of the ITV2 show of practising ‘systemic racism’, by forcing him to stereotypical story arcs and failing to support him through his personal battles.

Vas, who was on the show from 2014 to 2018, also takes aim at the series’ social media team, who he claims deleted his posts from their Instagram account, after he defended the Black Lives Matter movement amid the worldwide civil rights protests.

Statement: Vas J Morgan has lashed out at TOWIE bosses in an impassioned statement, in which he details his experiences as the sole black male on the set of the reality show

Statement: Vas J Morgan has lashed out at TOWIE bosses in an impassioned statement, in which he details his experiences as the sole black male on the set of the reality show

Statement: Vas J Morgan has lashed out at TOWIE bosses in an impassioned statement, in which he details his experiences as the sole black male on the set of the reality show

Speaking of his social media experience, Vas wrote: ‘I want to address a recent incident that has not sat well with me. It began with a post on the @Towie instagram account that was in support of the black lives matter movement.

‘It read “We stand in solidarity with our black colleagues, storytellers and viewers around the world because #blacklivesmatter”.

‘I was saddened but not shocked to see many racist comments from fans and viewers and felt the need to respond to one comment in particular that read “white lives matter ALSO”. I simply replied “this comment is idiotic”.

Stereotypes: The TV personality, 31, accuses bosses of the ITV2 show of practising 'systemic racism', by forcing him to stereotypical story arcs

Stereotypes: The TV personality, 31, accuses bosses of the ITV2 show of practising 'systemic racism', by forcing him to stereotypical story arcs

Stereotypes: The TV personality, 31, accuses bosses of the ITV2 show of practising ‘systemic racism’, by forcing him to stereotypical story arcs 

‘While I don’t believe that I am responsible for educating other people on racism or the meaning of the black lives matter movement, it is fundamental to understand that until black lives matter, all lives can’t matter.

‘While I have been conditioned to expect uneducated comments, like the one above I was deeply saddened by what happened next.

‘My response was deleted within minutes. I posted another message, this time writing “@towie why are you deleting my”. within minutes this too was deleted.

‘I then took this off the public forum and direct messaged the account asking why my comments were being deleted but racist ones were still there; They responded “Hey Vas, I’ll delete that comment now, I’ve only just seen this so not touching your comments.”

‘At the time I was going to let this go but its something that has been on my mind for the past few days. Because its tantamount to black voices being oppressed and silenced while they still left the racist comments.’

‘This incident was reminiscent of similar experiences whilst filming The Only Way Is Essex,’ he said, before going on to detail the challenges he allegedly faced.

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Social media: Vas, who was on the show from 2014 to 2018, also takes aim at the series' social media team, who he claims deleted his posts from their Instagram account

Social media: Vas, who was on the show from 2014 to 2018, also takes aim at the series' social media team, who he claims deleted his posts from their Instagram account

Social media: Vas, who was on the show from 2014 to 2018, also takes aim at the series’ social media team, who he claims deleted his posts from their Instagram account

TOWIE: The statement in question was issued on TOWIE's official Instagram account on June 1

TOWIE: The statement in question was issued on TOWIE's official Instagram account on June 1

TOWIE: The statement in question was issued on TOWIE’s official Instagram account on June 1

‘While I have always been proud to be one of the only black and gay reality TV stars on British Television, I have often felt conflicted over the way I was treated and the way I was portrayed,’ he said.

‘During the four years I filmed the show, I was almost never allowed to show any sides of my personality that wasn’t angry, aggressive or negative.

‘And while I repeatedly asked producers to allow me to show other sides of my personality; my funny, sensitive and loyal side, I was consistently put into situations that perpetuated the same racial stereotype that has been used to oppress and control black people.

‘I often warned producers that I didn’t feel comfortable arguing with women as regardless of my sexuality; I was a 6.2 feet tall black man. This concern was always ignored.’ 

He continued: ‘Countless times I’ve been in environments where I’ve had to endure racist language being used casually. The fact that it wasn’t directed at me doesn’t make it less painful to hear.

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On set: He also spoke in detail of his experiences on the set, claiming he wasn't afforded the same room to develop as his white castmates, and received no off-screen support

On set: He also spoke in detail of his experiences on the set, claiming he wasn't afforded the same room to develop as his white castmates, and received no off-screen support

On set: He also spoke in detail of his experiences on the set, claiming he wasn’t afforded the same room to develop as his white castmates, and received no off-screen support

‘It was often said to me and I felt that I was the token representation of minority in our cast, there to be paraded out as a symbol but never treated equally to the other cast members and despite having some of the most progressive and talked about scenes on the show, my story ark was never nurtured the way that my white counterparts were.

‘The invitation to bring family members on the show was never extended to me and when I came out publicly on national television and struggled offscreen with depression, substance abuse and addiction I was never offered support in the other ways my white cast mates were.

‘Even now, during this time of global recognition for the black lives matter movement; Towie have failed to reach out. I would have appreciated having someone to hold my hand through some of those difficult journeys but I was left alone.’

Explaining his reasons for speaking out about his experiences now, Vas conceded: ‘I have felt guilty for not sharing this part of my journey sooner.

‘But like so many other people who are dependent on those in power, the fear of being blacklisted within my industry and never working again has always held me back.

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Diversity: Tings magazine editor Vas spoke of the lack of diversity he saw among show bosses

Diversity: Tings magazine editor Vas spoke of the lack of diversity he saw among show bosses

Diversity: Tings magazine editor Vas spoke of the lack of diversity he saw among show bosses

‘The experiences I had on the show are part of the systematic racism that for the first time has had a spotlight put on it on a global scale. This systematic discrimination starts from the top down.

‘From leadership positions within the network, to the writers room, to our day to day producers. During my Time at Towie. I only ever worked with one black producer.

‘Out of the dozens of producers I worked with; I never met one black executive, writer or anyone in a significant position of power.

‘As the show approaches its 10 year anniversary it has made me think how disappointing it is to have been the only black male cast member.’

Concluding his statement on a positive note, the TV personality wrote: ‘While I am telling my full truth, it is also important to add that I have worked with some incredible people as well. 

Speaking out: Within hours of his statement, former TOWIE castmember Danni Park-Dempsey, who appeared on the show from 2012 to 2013, spoke about her own experience

Speaking out: Within hours of his statement, former TOWIE castmember Danni Park-Dempsey, who appeared on the show from 2012 to 2013, spoke about her own experience

Speaking out: Within hours of his statement, former TOWIE castmember Danni Park-Dempsey, who appeared on the show from 2012 to 2013, spoke about her own experience

‘People who have become some of my greatest friends and supporters; Luke, Paul, Hetal, Mesha, Anthea and Kate. As a network, as a show and as a society, we must do better.’

Within hours of his statement, former TOWIE castmember Danni Park-Dempsey, who appeared on the show from 2012 to 2013, spoke about her own experience as the first black woman to join the series.

Stating that she also encountered discrimination, she wrote on Instagram on Wednesday night: ‘Reading Vas’ statement on the racial issues he suffered on TOWIE really brought back issues I have tried to put behind me.

‘I [want] to thank Vas for giving me the courage to speak about my own journey on the show and allowing me to address feelings I have buried for so long. Vas was the first and only BLACK GAY Guy and I was the first BLACK Lady on towie.’ [sic]

Writing that her race was mentioned in headlines before she’d even appeared in the show, she admitted on seeing the public reaction to her casting: ‘That night I cried myself to sleep reading all the racial comments that [were] written about me.’

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Post: She released a lengthy statement to her Instagram account about her time on the show

Post: She released a lengthy statement to her Instagram account about her time on the show

Post: She released a lengthy statement to her Instagram account about her time on the show

She added: ‘I recall thinking, “they have not even seen me on screen yet and that racial abuse has already started”. From then on, the racial attacks continued. I was called “token girl” on set. I was edited to look like I was violent.

‘I was continuously put in situations where I was not comfortable. I know that happens in tv but that shouldn’t happen just because of the colour of my skin. None of my white cast mates were constantly put in those situations.

‘Following an argument with another cast member on screen. I was questioned by the producer as to the backgrounds of my family members and asked if they were gang members. They told me that other cast member feels his life is in danger.

‘I asked why would is it ok for everyone else to argue on here but when I do, a life in danger.

When TOWIE producers know something might erupt, they will always have 2 on 2 in a scene. I was put in a situation with 4-6 cast members.

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Family: She claimed that a member of the production team asked her if she had any gang members in her family after she got into a confrontation with another member of the cast

Family: She claimed that a member of the production team asked her if she had any gang members in her family after she got into a confrontation with another member of the cast

Family: She claimed that a member of the production team asked her if she had any gang members in her family after she got into a confrontation with another member of the cast

‘I don’t want to say how that scene really went because I believe people change. And don;t want to open another can of worms.

‘But what the nation saw was not the true story. And no one from TOWIE production protected me that night. During the time I was on towie I don’t think I ever got to speak to the top executives at Lime.’

She continued: ‘I was bullied so much on line that Police actually took action on one occasion. One account didn’t stop sending racial stuff to me and then found my younger sister and started to tweet her racial stuff. No one from towie contacted me. 

‘No one ever said anything about the racial stuff I had to take while doing the show. How I was made to feel while on towie made me walk away from TV.

Walking away: In the end, budding reality star Danielle said that she found the experience so traumatic that she walked away from her TV career

Walking away: In the end, budding reality star Danielle said that she found the experience so traumatic that she walked away from her TV career

Walking away: In the end, budding reality star Danielle said that she found the experience so traumatic that she walked away from her TV career

‘A dream I had from a Child but a dream that was taken away from me because I felt that I have to fell my sole and had to grow extra skin to every get where I wanted to in TV and I was not prepared to do that my self respect. My mental health had to come before my dreams.’ [sic]

MailOnline has contacted representatives for TOWIE for comment.

Vas’ statement comes after he revealed that he has raised more than £20,000 in under 12 hours to help give members of black communities better access to mental health services. 

The star launched the initiative I Am Enough on Go Fund Me on Monday, with the likes of Paris Hilton, Joan Smalls, Nadia Essex and football player Ben Chilwell all donating.

In a recent exclusive chat with MailOnline, Vas, who is now two and a half years sober, shared his own journey with mental health and how, with help, he faced his own personal trauma head on after a failed suicide attempt. 

Killed:  Vas set up a fundraiser after George Floyd died on May 25, after Officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on his neck while he cried he couldn't breathe - his death catalysed global protests

Killed:  Vas set up a fundraiser after George Floyd died on May 25, after Officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on his neck while he cried he couldn't breathe - his death catalysed global protests

Killed:  Vas set up a fundraiser after George Floyd died on May 25, after Officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on his neck while he cried he couldn’t breathe – his death catalysed global protests

Inner demons: Vas said he dealt with his depression by going out drinking every night (pictured with pal Rita Ora and her sister Elena in 2014)

Inner demons: Vas said he dealt with his depression by going out drinking every night (pictured with pal Rita Ora and her sister Elena in 2014)

Inner demons: Vas said he dealt with his depression by going out drinking every night (pictured with pal Rita Ora and her sister Elena in 2014)

Vas set up the fundraiser after the tragic death of George Floyd, who was filmed choking to death after white police officer Derek Chauvin, pinned the 46-year old to the ground by pressing a knee into the back of his neck. 

The television personality said: ‘I decided to set it up because of everything that is going on right now. It has been very traumatic for me because it has brought up a lot of feelings of low self-worth and self-esteem because of the colour of my skin.’

The I Am Enough campaign will help members of the black community access the help they need to deal with trauma and other mental health related issues.

The Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey (APMS) found black men were more likely than their White counterparts to experience a psychotic disorder in the last year. 

I did some research and realised that black people are at a significantly higher rate of mental health issues which in turn leads to not only mental health issues but criminal activity,’ the TINGS Magazine editor said.

Life: 'These are the things I have dealt with my whole entire life', Vas said (pictured as a child)

Life: 'These are the things I have dealt with my whole entire life', Vas said (pictured as a child)

Life: ‘These are the things I have dealt with my whole entire life’, Vas said (pictured as a child)

‘I wanted to release something that was preventative and to help give black people the resources they need. I want to teach children at a young age, they are enough, they are valued and important.’ 

Vas went on to explain how trolling on social media impacted his mental health, often being subjected to racial hate after he joined the cast of TOWIE in 2014.

‘I wasn’t aware of how intense the scrutiny of social media is, I was trolled quite early on and a lot of it was racial actually,’ he said. 

‘I also was struggling with my sexuality which I had difficulty coming to terms with. I was out drinking every night, partying every night. I didn’t realise it was a problem until I started having severe suicidal thoughts around three years ago.’

Vas said these thoughts soon began to take over and he found himself asking “what am I living for?”. 

‘I woke up in a very dark place one morning and I realised enough was enough. There was a suicide attempt that day,’ Vas said. 

United: Paris Hilton (pictured in 2019) pledged £1,000 to the cause

United: Paris Hilton (pictured in 2019) pledged £1,000 to the cause

Great work: Joan Smalls also donated £1,000

Great work: Joan Smalls also donated £1,000

United: Both Paris Hilton (left in February last year) and model Joan Smalls (right) pledged £1,000 to the cause 

The reality star was admitted to hospital and when he was released got in touch with his best friend, Topshop heiress, Chloe Green.  

Chloe, 29, took matters into her own hands and booked Vas on a flight to Thailand, where he spent four months in rehab.   

‘It was in that time I realised drugs and alcohol wasn’t the problem,’ Vas said. ‘It was me and the trauma I had suffered that was the problem.

‘The trauma of coming out on national TV and not being accepted by my mum. 

‘The trauma of being black. The only black on a national TV show and in my world, generally. It was very difficult.

‘Dealing with all that stuff and learning I am enough and I am perfect the way I am made me realise I didn’t need drugs and alcohol. 

The next chapter: Vas said Chloe Green (pictured) helped him after his suicide attempt, booking him on a flight to Thailand where he attended a rehab centre for four months

The next chapter: Vas said Chloe Green (pictured) helped him after his suicide attempt, booking him on a flight to Thailand where he attended a rehab centre for four months

The next chapter: Vas said Chloe Green (pictured) helped him after his suicide attempt, booking him on a flight to Thailand where he attended a rehab centre for four months 

‘That wasn’t my problem, it was what I thought was my solution. When I realised I didn’t have a problem that needed solving other than learning to love myself, it started my sober journey. It’s been an amazing journey.’

Vas continued: ‘We all suffer, we all feel the same. That’s the beautiful thing to learn. 

‘We are never alone, there is someone out there who is feeling the exact same way. That’s what my platform is I Am Enough is all about.’ 

Speaking about the thousands of pounds already raised, Vas said: ‘It’s crazy. At 1am in the morning I decided to start this. I woke up to £12,000 being in there and now I have over £20,000.

To donate visit: www.gofundme.com/f/i-am-enough-fund  

Important work: Vas said, 'I think it's very clear that George Floyd's death isn't going to be in vain. 'I want to oversee every penny that gets given to help these people'

Important work: Vas said, 'I think it's very clear that George Floyd's death isn't going to be in vain. 'I want to oversee every penny that gets given to help these people'

Important work: Vas said, ‘I think it’s very clear that George Floyd’s death isn’t going to be in vain. ‘I want to oversee every penny that gets given to help these people’

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Hollyoaks’ Sarah Jayne Dunn celebrates her 39th birthday with friends in Manchester

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She’s long been known on the soap for her role as Mandy Richardson.

And Hollyoaks star Sarah Jayne Dunn was in high spirits as she celebrated her 39th birthday with a group of pals in Manchester on Saturday.

The actress wrapped up in a cosy cream trench coat as she strolled out of the Menagerie restaurant with her former co-star Carly Stenson.

Gorgeous: Hollyoaks star Sarah Jayne Dunn was in high spirits as she celebrated her 39th birthday with a group of pals in Manchester on Saturday

Gorgeous: Hollyoaks star Sarah Jayne Dunn was in high spirits as she celebrated her 39th birthday with a group of pals in Manchester on Saturday

Sarah Jayne cut a stylish figure in a classy nude trench coat that covered up her celebration outfit as she headed out with her pals.

The soap star opted for a statement red lip and black kitten heels as she laughed along with co-star Carly, who played Steph Cunningham.

Sarah let her long blonde tresses hand loosely among her shoulders as she headed home after dinner at the eatery.

Happy: The actress wrapped up in a cosy cream trench coat as she strolled out of the Menagerie restaurant

Happy: The actress wrapped up in a cosy cream trench coat as she strolled out of the Menagerie restaurant

Sarah is mum to son Stanley, four, with her husband Jon Smith, who she married in May 2018 at The Holford Estate in Plumley, Cheshire. 

Sarah revealed last October that Stanley had been rushed to hospital and she was having an ’emotionally draining’ week.

Alongside a picture of herself on set with Stephanie Waring, she wrote: ‘I’ve had the most emotionally draining & stressful week of my life. I can’t wait for my little man to be back to full health first & foremost.

‘Then I can’t wait to be back on set doing a job that I love & working with people that make me smile. Love ya @stephwaring Fingers crossed it won’t be much longer before I’m back.’

Sarah chose not to disclose what illness her son had in the post, which she tagged as being at the Royal Bolton Hospital.

She and Jon welcomed their first child together in August 2016, and the actress has since embarked on an intense fitness journey.

Speaking exclusively to MailOnline recently, the star revealed she was motivated to transform her physique after ‘everything got bigger’ during pregnancy and that she wanted to tone up in preparation for her wedding. 

Back together: For the evening, Sarah Jayne was reunited with her former Hollyoaks co-star Carly Stenson

Back together: For the evening, Sarah Jayne was reunited with her former Hollyoaks co-star Carly Stenson

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Love Island’s Amber Davies reveals her new boyfriend in loved-up selfies

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Amber Davies has revealed she has a new boyfriend in a series of loved-up snaps.

The Love Island star, 22, looked sensational as she cosied up to her beau, whose name she has not shared, and grinned for the camera.

Posting the snaps on Instagram on Saturday, the beauty also sweetly revealed that her family approve of the budding romance.

New couple! Amber Davies has revealed she has a boyfriend with a series of loved-up selfies

New couple! Amber Davies has revealed she has a boyfriend with a series of loved-up selfies

Amber exuded style as she posed up a storm in a patterned silk shirt and wrapped her arm around her new boyfriend in one black and white picture.

While a second similar image showed the performer’s mother Sue had approved of the relationship, with both women pulling funny faces. 

The brunette beauty later took to Instagram Stories to share a short video of her and her man and used a ‘love ya’ GIF sticker.

Although going Instagram official, Amber did not reveal the name of her hunky love interest or any details about him. 

Loved-up: The Love Island star looked sensational as she pouted next to her beau in another sizzling snap

Loved-up: The Love Island star looked sensational as she pouted next to her beau in another sizzling snap

The announcement comes five months after Amber said she had sworn off dating for the foreseeable future following some advice from Dolly Parton.

The reality TV star revealed that the country legend, 74, insisted she needed to ‘avoid temptation’ for the time being to focus on her career as a West End star.

Amber has been single ever since she split from James Hawkins in 2018, after ending her romance with Love Island hunk Kem Cetinay.

She told The Sun she is so focused on work she doesn’t have time to date and she has no plans to find a new man instead deciding to focus on her West End career.  

The star is set to appear in the stage version of Bring It On alongside Olympic gymnast Louis Smith once the coronavirus lockdown is lifted.  

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'Fam approves': Amber also posted a black and white picture of her mum jumping in on one of the pictures and giving her approval to the romance

‘Fam approves’: Amber also posted a black and white picture of her mum jumping in on one of the pictures and giving her approval to the romance

Happy: Amber thanked her fans for their support after she announced the relationship

Happy: Amber thanked her fans for their support after she announced the relationship

She explained: ‘It was actually Dolly Parton who first gave me the advice.

‘I always thought I’d be ­settling down by now, but I went out to meet her and she warned me to avoid the temptation of romance for now and focus on my career.

‘She said, ”Career first, men can wait for you”, and it turns out she was completely right.’

Amber met Dolly after playing the role of Judy in the West End adaptation of the 1980 film 9 To 5, which famously saw Dolly star and record the film’s now-iconic theme song.

Idol: The romance announcement comes five months after Amber said she had sworn off dating for the foreseeable future after some valuable advice from Dolly Parton

Idol: The romance announcement comes five months after Amber said she had sworn off dating for the foreseeable future after some valuable advice from Dolly Parton

The reality star insisted at the time that the only man in her life is her pet pooch Oreo, who has been keeping her company during the COVID-19 lockdown. 

Amber rose to prominence in 2017 after she and then-boyfriend Kem Cetinay were crowned the winners of Love Island, but the couple split less than five months after leaving the villa.

The Welsh beauty briefly dated Essex hunk James Hawkins in 2018, and it’s thought she enjoyed a few dates with One Direction star Liam Payne.

Earlier this year Amber was also hit by claims she’d had sex with Geordie Shore star Sam Gowland after being accused by his then-girlfriend Chloe Ferry, but she profusely denied the allegations. 

Former flame: Amber rose to prominence in 2017 after she and then-boyfriend Kem Cetinay were crowned the winners of Love Island, but the couple split less than five months later

Former flame: Amber rose to prominence in 2017 after she and then-boyfriend Kem Cetinay were crowned the winners of Love Island, but the couple split less than five months later

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Britain’s Got Talent: Comedy singer Jon Courtenay is the next act to make it to the final

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Golden Buzzer act Jon Courtenay, 46, is the seventh contestant to make it through to this year’s Britain’s Got Talent finale.

Jon was sent through to the final by the BGT judging panel after impressing them with his witty but touching song about his own childhood.  

Jon was joined in the top three with singer Belinda Edwards and magician Jasper Cherry, while the rest of the contestants’ fate was in the hands of the public to gain the second remaining place.

Congrats! Golden Buzzer act Jon Courtenay, 46, is the seventh contestant to make it through to this year's Britain's Got Talent finale

Congrats! Golden Buzzer act Jon Courtenay, 46, is the seventh contestant to make it through to this year’s Britain’s Got Talent finale

David said the act that ‘got him’ was Jon as he cast his vote for him, while Alesha admitted all three should be in the final but picked Belinda.

Ashley also voted for Jon and said: ‘In terms of quality, you three could be the final three. In terms of originality, that act for me is Jon. 

Casting the deciding vote, Amanda said she was going with her heart and also voting for Jon.

When asked about his reaction to getting through, Jon joked: I’m only on this because I want to play the [London] Palladium! It wasn’t meant to get this far.’

Well done: Jon was sent through to the final by the BGT judging panel after impressing them with his witty but touching song about his own childhood

Well done: Jon was sent through to the final by the BGT judging panel after impressing them with his witty but touching song about his own childhood

During the performance, the joker unlocked his piano with an electronic car key and told the audiences: 'Amazing to be here, I sung a song about being a dad, tonight I want to take you further to when I was a kid'

During the performance, the joker unlocked his piano with an electronic car key and told the audiences: ‘Amazing to be here, I sung a song about being a dad, tonight I want to take you further to when I was a kid’

‘Now I’m going to have to write something else! I’m thinking maybe a love song to my favourite television duo, Holly and Phil.’

‘It sounds so flippant to say I wasn’t expecting it but I wasn’t. The stuff you said at the end of my song blew me away. 

During the performance, the joker unlocked his piano with an electronic car key and told the audiences: ‘Amazing to be here, I sung a song about being a dad, tonight I want to take you further to when I was a kid.’

Votes: David said the act that 'got him' was Jon as he cast his vote for him, while Alesha admitted all three should be in the final but picked Belinda

Votes: David said the act that ‘got him’ was Jon as he cast his vote for him, while Alesha admitted all three should be in the final but picked Belinda

Through to the final: Casting the deciding vote, Amanda said she was going with her heart and also voting for Jon

Through to the final: Casting the deciding vote, Amanda said she was going with her heart and also voting for Jon

Jon received a standing ovation from the judges and audience following his electrifying performance with Amanda Holden declaring he could win the whole show.

Ashley said: ‘We need another golden buzzer! To press it right now. There’s an incredible connection you have, it’s funny and touching. I couldn’t fault it.’

‘It was magical and done so simply. It made me feel so warm inside. You nailed it my friend.’

High praise: Jon received a standing ovation from the judges and audience following his electrifying performance with Amanda Holden declaring he could win the whole show

High praise: Jon received a standing ovation from the judges and audience following his electrifying performance with Amanda Holden declaring he could win the whole show

While a tearful Amanda gushed: ‘I’m treating this show like therapy, I just cry all the time! One of the best golden buzzers we’ve ever had on the show. After the year we’ve had you’d be an amazing winner.

Ashley said to Ant and Dec: ‘You two are looking so smug!’

While the hosts, who pressed the golden buzzer for Jon, said: ‘Proud actually.’

David told them: ‘We may be looking at the winner of this year’s show. You have set the bar, that was unbelievable.’

Ant and Dec asked him: ‘The wait for the semi-final must have been torturous?’

While the comedian quipped: ‘You didn’t phone or write, it was like a one night stand.’ 

Emotionl: Jon received a standing ovation from the judges and audience following his electrifying performance with Amanda Holden declaring he could win the whole show

Emotionl: Jon received a standing ovation from the judges and audience following his electrifying performance with Amanda Holden declaring he could win the whole show

Banter Ashley said to Ant and Dec: 'You two are looking so smug!' While the hosts, who pressed the golden buzzer for Jon, said: 'Proud actually'

Banter Ashley said to Ant and Dec: ‘You two are looking so smug!’ While the hosts, who pressed the golden buzzer for Jon, said: ‘Proud actually’

Entrance: The judges made a socially-distanced arrival into the studio

Entrance: The judges made a socially-distanced arrival into the studio

Glam: Amanda looked amazing in a metallic navy gown while Alesha wowed in a dramatic black ruffled dress

Glam: Amanda looked amazing in a metallic navy gown while Alesha wowed in a dramatic black ruffled dress

Glam: Amanda looked amazing in a metallic navy gown while Alesha wowed in a dramatic black ruffled dress

Opening the show, contemporary dance act, Billy and Chantelle aged 14 and 11 from Birmingham, wowed the judges with their Greatest Showman-inspired routine.

Despite having to rehearse separately due to coronavirus restrictions, the duo still managed to blow the judges away with their abilities.

David told the dance act: ‘You started the show with a bang – that was incredible! Didn’t expect that at all.’

Taking a seat: The judges watched intently as each act took their turn on stage

Taking a seat: The judges watched intently as each act took their turn on stage

Glowing: Alesha's statement dress was accessorised with a selection of silver jewellery

Glowing: Alesha’s statement dress was accessorised with a selection of silver jewellery

Hello! Amanda waved to the virtual audience as she made her entrance

Hello! Amanda waved to the virtual audience as she made her entrance

David told the dance act: 'You started the show with a bang - that was incredible! Didn't expect that at all'

David told the dance act: ‘You started the show with a bang – that was incredible! Didn’t expect that at all’

While Alesha added: 'We can see that you're best friends and you've worked so hard. The whole thing was perfection. Thanks for upping your game.'

While Alesha added: ‘We can see that you’re best friends and you’ve worked so hard. The whole thing was perfection. Thanks for upping your game.’

‘I thought it was fantastic. Couldn’t ask for anything more. You did something really original.’

While Alesha added: ‘We can see that you’re best friends and you’ve worked so hard. The whole thing was perfection. Thanks for upping your game.’ 

Next up was Chineke! Junior Orchestra, who are aged between 11 and 22.  

The young orchestra performed a medley of classical and modern songs, including Clean Bandit’s Rather Be.

Wow! Wow! Opening the show, contemporary dance act, Billy and Chantelle aged 14 and 11 from Birmingham, wowed the judges with their Greatest Showman-inspired routine

Wow! Wow! Opening the show, contemporary dance act, Billy and Chantelle aged 14 and 11 from Birmingham, wowed the judges with their Greatest Showman-inspired routine

Killing it: Despite having to rehearse separately due to coronavirus restrictions, the duo still managed to blow the judges away with their abilities

Killing it: Despite having to rehearse separately due to coronavirus restrictions, the duo still managed to blow the judges away with their abilities

David told the dance act: 'You started the show with a bang - that was incredible! Didn't expect that at all'

David told the dance act: ‘You started the show with a bang – that was incredible! Didn’t expect that at all’

Alesha said: ‘I loved it from start to finish, in the middle were the contemporary songs… you will change the way people look at this music.’

While Amanda, added: ‘Not only did it sound good, with your friends behind you it sounded absolutely epic. Far better than your audition which was wonderful.’

Ashley said: ‘It should be jarring but the transitions are so seamless. The whole panel was vibing, a classical orchestra making me bop my head – I love it!’

Powerful: Next up was Chineke! Junior Orchestra, who are aged between 11 and 22

Powerful: Next up was Chineke! Junior Orchestra, who are aged between 11 and 22

Impressive: The young orchestra performed a medley of classical and modern songs, including Clean Bandit's Rather Be

Impressive: The young orchestra performed a medley of classical and modern songs, including Clean Bandit’s Rather Be

After making several attempts at success on Britain’s Got Talent, Katherine and Joe O’Malley were back with their Disney act to perform to Into the Unknown’ from Frozen 2.

Despite belting out the track to the best of their ability they received a red buzzer from Alesha, who was left unimpressed by their efforts.

Alesha demanded: ‘Bring back the crab! I was willing Olaf down because last time we saw you, you were going crazy which was so funny, but you didn’t do that tonight.’

Loving it: Ashley said: 'It should be jarring but the transitions are so seamless. The whole panel was vibing, a classical orchestra making me bop my head - I love it!'

Loving it: Ashley said: ‘It should be jarring but the transitions are so seamless. The whole panel was vibing, a classical orchestra making me bop my head – I love it!’

Opinion: Impressive: The young orchestra performed a medley of classical and modern songs, including Clean Bandit's Rather Be

Opinion: Impressive: The young orchestra performed a medley of classical and modern songs, including Clean Bandit’s Rather Be

While Amanda, added: 'Not only did it sound good, with your friends behind you it sounded absolutely epic. Far better than your audition which was wonderful'

While Amanda, added: ‘Not only did it sound good, with your friends behind you it sounded absolutely epic. Far better than your audition which was wonderful’

Amanda: It’s my favourite ever film, Elsa you have a good voice – Olaf let you town. I know you’re married… but I don’t know if you should consider going solo after tonight.’

Offering a possible explanation for the judges’ negative comments, Katherine said that part of her husband’s tap shoe fell off during the routine.

Next to try and impress the judges was Kevin Quantum, whose routine uses science and magic.

Let it go! After making several attempts at success on Britain's Got Talent, Katherine and Joe O'Malley were back with their Disney act to perform to Into the Unknown' from Frozen 2

Let it go! After making several attempts at success on Britain’s Got Talent, Katherine and Joe O’Malley were back with their Disney act to perform to Into the Unknown’ from Frozen 2

Oops: Offering a possible explanation for the judges' negative comments, Katherine said that part of her husband's tap shoe fell off during the routine

Oops: Offering a possible explanation for the judges’ negative comments, Katherine said that part of her husband’s tap shoe fell off during the routine

Not for me: Despite belting out the track to the best of their ability they received a red buzzer from Alesha, who was left unimpressed by their efforts

Not for me: Despite belting out the track to the best of their ability they received a red buzzer from Alesha, who was left unimpressed by their efforts

Despite the current climate, the performer encouraged the judges to get involved in the act and touch each other’s fingers, as he demonstrated the use of static charge.

During the act, Kevin asked Ant to touch his hand, and later asked all of the judges to touch fingers as he acted out the routine.

Although he appeared to break social distancing guidelines, the judges focus was drawn to the level of performance, which they appeared unimpressed by.

Ashley: ‘I can see how much prep and time and thought has gone into it. The performance felt like one long build up without the pay off. I feel this just fell short.

‘I think being part of it is often distracting, because we can’t watch it.’

Science whizz! Next to try and impress the judges was Kevin Quantum, whose routine uses science and magic

Science whizz! Next to try and impress the judges was Kevin Quantum, whose routine uses science and magic

Amanda: ‘I loved watching Johnny Ball when I was little, and you gave me the same feeling!’  

Hoping to leave the judges amazed, Jasper Cherry, 14, used mobile phones in his magic trick in the hope of making it through to the next round.

Jasper incredibly made one phone ring the other while placed down on the judges panel away from anyone’s hands.

Huh? Despite the current climate, the performer encouraged the judges to get involved in the act and touch each other's fingers, as he demonstrated the use of static charge

Huh? Despite the current climate, the performer encouraged the judges to get involved in the act and touch each other’s fingers, as he demonstrated the use of static charge

What's going on? During the act, Kevin asked Ant to touch his hand, and later asked all of the judges to touch fingers as he acted out the routine

What’s going on? During the act, Kevin asked Ant to touch his hand, and later asked all of the judges to touch fingers as he acted out the routine

Not amazed: Although he appeared to break social distancing guidelines, the judges focus was drawn to the level of performance, which they appeared unimpressed by

Not amazed: Although he appeared to break social distancing guidelines, the judges focus was drawn to the level of performance, which they appeared unimpressed by

Alesha told him: ‘You are unreal! Confidence in abundance. I’ve never felt so relaxed. I don’t want to sound patronising but you’re so young.

‘That trick was phenomenal! I can’t work it out and I applaud you.’

Ashley was gob-smacked, and said: ‘I don’t know what’s going on, I like to think I’m quite aware but I had no idea what was happening. It was such a high level and so well executed.’

The young magician: Hoping to leave the judges amazed, Jasper Cherry, 14, used mobile phones in his magic trick in the hope of making it through to the next round

The young magician: Hoping to leave the judges amazed, Jasper Cherry, 14, used mobile phones in his magic trick in the hope of making it through to the next round

Incredible: Jasper incredibly made one phone ring the other while placed down on the judges panel away from anyone's hands

Incredible: Jasper incredibly made one phone ring the other while placed down on the judges panel away from anyone’s hands

David joked: ‘You have magical powers, you need to go and live alone on an island.’

Papi Flex, 26, was unable to attend the semi-final in person, and as if his performance wasn’t already unnerving enough, this time he performed in a graveyard.

David looked uncomfortable throughout the act and asked why Papi had to make the act even scarier by performing in a graveyard.

Ashley was gob-smacked, and said: 'I don't know what's going on, I like to think I'm quite aware but I had no idea what was happening. It was such a high level and so well executed'

Ashley was gob-smacked, and said: ‘I don’t know what’s going on, I like to think I’m quite aware but I had no idea what was happening. It was such a high level and so well executed’

David joked: 'You have magical powers, you need to go and live alone on an island'

David joked: ‘You have magical powers, you need to go and live alone on an island’

The final act of the next fighting for a place in the final was singer Belinda Davids, 43, who sang Whitney Houston’s I Have Nothing. 

The singer also received a standing ovation from the judging panel, with Ashley saying: ‘I was asked what is needed to win, and I said you just need to hit me. And that hit me.’

While David joked: ‘Yeah it was alright. I’m joking, it was absolutely electric from start to finish.’

Amazing: The final act of the next fighting for a place in the final was singer Belinda Davids, 43, who sang Whitney Houston's I Have Nothing

Amazing: The final act of the next fighting for a place in the final was singer Belinda Davids, 43, who sang Whitney Houston’s I Have Nothing

Breathtaking" The singer also received a standing ovation from the judging panel, with Ashley saying: 'I was asked what is needed to win, and I said you just need to hit me. And that hit me'

Breathtaking” The singer also received a standing ovation from the judging panel, with Ashley saying: ‘I was asked what is needed to win, and I said you just need to hit me. And that hit me’

‘Such an incredible way to carry on her [Whitney’s] legacy. You honoured her in the best way.’ 

The guests on this week’s show was the cast of Hairspray, including Michael Ball who is playing Edna Turnblad, which had just began rehearsing to return to the West End before coronavirus broke out.

The cast entertained audiences with songs including You Can’t Stop The Beat from the hugely-popular stage show.

The West End is currently closed as the government is yet to lift restrictions on theatre.

Work it: The guests on this week's show was the cast of Hairspray, including Michael Ball who is playing Edna Turnblad, which had just began rehearsing to return to the West End before coronavirus broke out

Work it: The guests on this week’s show was the cast of Hairspray, including Michael Ball who is playing Edna Turnblad, which had just began rehearsing to return to the West End before coronavirus broke out

Songs: The cast entertained audiences with songs including You Can't Stop The Beat from the hugely-popular stage show

Songs: The cast entertained audiences with songs including You Can’t Stop The Beat from the hugely-popular stage show

Lockdown: The West End is currently closed as the government is yet to lift restrictions on theatre

Lockdown: The West End is currently closed as the government is yet to lift restrictions on theatre

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