Dance troupe Diversity have won Britain's Got Talent 2009, fighting off competition from the pre-contest favourite Susan Boyle. The all-male troupe, one of two dance groups in the final, wowed both judges and audience alike with their performance - leaving Boyle to take the runners-up position. Saxophone player Julian Smith finished in third place. Diversity have now won themselves the chance to appear in front of the Queen at this year's Royal Variety Performance , as well as pocketing £100,000. The group were rendered speechless by the result, with frontman Ashley Banjo telling Ant and Dec, "When you said our name I thought, 'Oh, I'm going to wake up in a minute'". "Can I just thank everyone that voted for us, you've changed our lives and I can't actually believe it." Earlier in the evening Simon Cowell told them, "If we were awarding marks out of ten you were the only ones I would give a ten to. It was sheer and utter perfection." Ashley, meanwhile, had admitted that "to perform at the Royal Variety Show would be something we would remember for the rest of our lives." The troupe's routine paid homage to Superman as well as Britain's Got Talent itself with three of its members dressing up as 'judges' buzzers'. Susan Boyle - who has achieved global fame since her original audition was shown around the world - took her defeat graciously. "The best people won," she told Ant and Dec. "They're very entertaining - lads, I wish you all the best." Later, on Britain's Got More Talent, she told Stephen Mulhern, "I think the best people won - I really do." "What a journey - unbelievable, and very humbling. Thank you for everything." Julian also accepted defeat with dignity. "At least I got to be chief bridesmaid this time," the 39-year-old joked. Diversity had been outsiders to win the show, with pre-contest odds of 20-1 on them taking the title. Susan Boyle had been favourite, with schoolboy street dancer Aidan Davis and 12-year-old singer Shaheen Jafargholi next in the betting. The other acts who took part in Saturday's final were 10-year-old singer Hollie Steel, dance troupe Flawless, grandfather/daughter singing duo 2 Grand, father and son comedy dance act Stavros Flatley and 17-year-old singer Shaun Smith. All the acts will be seen on the Britain's Got Talent which goes on the road in June.
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