Exclusive: Dance group Diversity on what it takes to win Britain's Got Talent

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They stormed to victory in 2009's Britain's Got Talent after blowing the nation away with their body-popping moves, so dance group Diversity know better than anyone else exactly what it takes to win the show.

The final of this year's BGT takes place this Saturday (7 June) and judge Simon Cowell has already said that it will be "the most open final" we've ever had.

Diversity at The Prince's Trust Celebrate Success Awards, London, Britain - 12 Mar 2014

© REX/Richard Young

Competing for a £250,000 cash prize and a spot at the Royal Variety Performance are operatic group Collabro, illusionist Darcy Oake, Essex singer James Smith, dance troupe The Addict Initiative, opera singer Lucy Kay and 'Men in Heels' dancers Yanis Marshall, Arnaud and Mehdi.

Joining them will be singing duo Bars and Melody, violinist Lettice Rowbotham, swing group Jack Pack, salsa dancers Paddy and Nico, and wildcard choice, impressionist Jon Clegg.

That's a lot of talent!

Before the acts prepare to battle it out for the coveted BGT crown, we have a quick chat with Diversity frontman Ashley Banjo, his brother Jordan and team member Perri about the final line-up and life after winning the show...

Tell us, what does it take to win Britain's Got Talent?

The most important things are originality, creativity and a passion for what you do. This will connect with the audience and the judges.

Do you think the judges' comments affect the public's decision in terms of voting?

Yes, the judges are respected and most of the time their opinions are valid. However, sometimes the public will vote the opposite due to empathy or who they really connect with regardless of the judges' comments.

Gallery of Britain's Got Talent finalists. Final to air on 7 June.

© ITV / Britain's Got Talent

The winner of Britain's Got Talent will be crowned on Saturday (7 June).

Simon has praised dance troupe The Addict Initiative, calling them the best group since Diversity – have you watched any of their performances?

Yes we have. We think Addict Initiative are amazing but at the same time they are totally different to Diversity.

Impressionist Jon Clegg got chosen as the wildcard act this week, did you agree with that decision?

Definitely! He's a really experienced artist and it's great that he was chosen, as it also adds variety to the final line-up.

So have you got a favourite act from this year's finalists?

Well we really like Bars and Melody because they have a great message to tell.

How life-changing has winning BGT been for Diversity?

Since winning the show we've experienced so many amazing things and have done this as a group of family and friends, which is so unusual. We've sold four arena tours and have the fifth one, 'Limitless - The Reboot', coming up in November and December. As a dance group, it's just amazing to sell out the 02 Arena five times!

Diversity perform on 'Britain's Got More Talent', Shown on ITV2 HD - 30 May 2014.

© ITV / Supplied by WENN

Diversity performing on Britain's Got More Talent last week.

Diversity have created some fun body illusions for the new Cadbury campaign, how did the collaboration come about?

We were approached by Cadbury as I guess we are known to have fun and are able to create bespoke performances. The campaign is all about families having fun and the Marvellous Mix-Ups are really nice too. We ate loads on the shoot!

Ashley, you're coming back as a judge on Got To Dance soon, what benefits will the new mentoring element bring to the show?

I guess it adds another dimension and instead of us giving critique, it allows us as judges to have imput before the live shows. It's still up to the acts to choreograph their pieces, but we guide them with the creative process to give a structure to work with.

Diversity created a series of optical illusions dance routines to celebrate the launch of Cadbury Dairy Milk Marvellous Mix-Ups. Learn from the best by visiting youtube.com/CadburyUK and upload your best mixed-up picture at twitter.com/CadburyUK to win the ultimate home entertainment system.

Britain's Got Talent live final airs on Saturday 7 June on ITV at 7pm.

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Watch Diversity mix-up their Saturday night in front of the TV in the video below: