Jordan Banjo reveals his brother Ashley convinced him to take part in The Masked Dancer


Jordan Banjo has revealed his brother Ashley was the one who convinced him to sign up for The Masked Dancer. 

The Diversity star, 28, was unmasked as Viper on Saturday’s debut episode after he lost out when the judges chose to save Knickerbocker Glory and Beetroot instead.

Speaking to The Mirror, Jordan revealed Ashley his mother and his fiancée Naomi were the only people who knew his identity.

Family: Jordan Banjo has revealed his brother Ashley was the one who convinced him to sign up for The Masked Dancer

He said: ‘It was Ash who convinced me to do it. I told him I couldn’t and he told me to stop being an idiot and that I was going to have fun.’ 

Despite more than 12 years as a member of dance troupe Diversity, Jordan admitted he was very nervous to take part in the show, which is a spin-off of The Masked Singer.

He said: ‘Dancing is the only thing I get scared about, ever. I start sweating and I get really scared about it so leading on a performance on TV, there was not a chance.’

Speaking about why he took part, Jordan said: ‘Everyone’s just looking for an excuse to have a laugh and do something a bit different. When you look at it [the show] from the fun side, it’s a real laugh. I had a wicked time on there. It was a blast.’

Support: Jordan revealed Ashley his mother and his fiancée Naomi were the only people who knew his identity

Support: Jordan revealed Ashley his mother and his fiancée Naomi were the only people who knew his identity

Jordan said Ashley, who knew it was him from the very beginning, said how ‘proud’ he was after he took part in the show.  

The dancer also told how he and Naomi will tie the knot next summer after postponing their big day from this year due to Covid-19. 

The couple are parents to children Cassius and Mimi who will serve as page boy and flower girl on the big day.  

Couple: The dancer also told how he and Naomi will tie the knot next summer after postponing their big day from this year due to Covid-19

Couple: The dancer also told how he and Naomi will tie the knot next summer after postponing their big day from this year due to Covid-19

Jordan’s unveiling as Viper came as a surprise to some viewers who were convinced he was Love Island star Tommy Fury.

Both judges Oti Mabuse and Mo Gilligan guessed Jordan’s identity correctly, but Davina McCall thought he was Anthony Joshua, and Jonathan Ross went with Tommy. 

Jordan, while sad to be eliminated from the show first, said it was ‘all worth it’ because he was compared to Anthony Joshua on TV.

His clues included having a boxer in the family, referring to his father Funso who was a professional boxer, and his son Cassius, who is named after Mohammed Ali, formerly knows as Cassius Clay.  

He said of doing the show: ‘The past 12 months everyone has been in the place where it hasn’t been fun and something like The Masked Dancer, dressing stupid was just fun.’

The Masked Dancer: Jordan was unmasked as Viper on Saturday's debut episode after he lost out when the judges chose to save Knickerbocker Glory and Beetroot instead

The Masked Dancer: Jordan was unmasked as Viper on Saturday’s debut episode after he lost out when the judges chose to save Knickerbocker Glory and Beetroot instead

Good guess: However, before he was revealed viewers were convinced Viper had been Love Island star Tommy Fury (pictured in December 2019)

Good guess: However, before he was revealed viewers were convinced Viper had been Love Island star Tommy Fury (pictured in December 2019)

Lost out: The Diversity star was unmasked after he lost out when the judges chose to save Knickerbocker Glory and Beetroot instead

Lost out: The Diversity star was unmasked after he lost out when the judges chose to save Knickerbocker Glory and Beetroot instead

Jordan added that he felt Oti ‘didn’t come to play’ as she immediately threw his name into the ring after his performance.

The Strictly Come Dancing star admitted it was because she’d previously performed with Diversity, as she said: ‘I know how you move.’

He also admitted that he found it hard not to laugh while Mo cracked jokes during the judge’s deliberation, and he claimed: ‘you got me man, I thought stop making me laugh!’

Jonathan also quipped: ‘I didn’t guess you, but to me you’ll always be a better-looking Anthony Joshua.’ 

Guesses: Both judges Oti Mabuse and Mo Gilligan guessed Jordan’s identity correctly, but Davina McCall thought he was Anthony Joshua, and Jonathan Ross went with Tommy

Boxer: His clues included having a boxer in the family, referring to his father Funso (left with Trevor Berbick, right, and Frank Bruno, centre, in 1984)

Boxer: His clues included having a boxer in the family, referring to his father Funso (left with Trevor Berbick, right, and Frank Bruno, centre, in 1984)

Family: It was also a reference to his son Cassius who is named after Mohammed Ali, formerly knows as Cassius Clay

Family: It was also a reference to his son Cassius who is named after Mohammed Ali, formerly knows as Cassius Clay

Before he was unmasked, viewers were convinced Viper was Love Island star Tommy because of the references to having a boxer in the family, as his half-brother is heavyweight champion Tyson Fury.

Viewers took to Twitter to share how convinced they were it was Tommy, given the clue about boxing and an apparent reference to Love Island, which Oti pointed out during the VT. 

One fan wrote: ‘The Viper is clearly Tommy Fury Love Island and Boxing’

While another said: ‘tommy fury for viper, the ant reference is because his brother Tyson is fighting anthony joshua.’ 

Convinced: Before Jordan was unmasked, viewers were convinced Viper was Tommy because of references to a boxer in the family, as his half-brother is heavyweight champion Tyson Fury

Convinced: Before Jordan was unmasked, viewers were convinced Viper was Tommy because of references to a boxer in the family, as his half-brother is heavyweight champion Tyson Fury

During the show, the virtual audience decided which dancer from each face-off would go through automatically into the next round. 

Zip, Llama and Scarecrow were selected by the viewers to appear in their next round on Monday, with the six celebrities yet to perform appearing on Sunday night’s show.

Following their dance, each performer also gave a special clue known as Mind The Gaps, where they shared a sentence with two key words missing to hint at their identity. 

Amused: Jordan added that he felt Oti 'didn't come to play' as she immediately threw his name into the ring after his performance

Amused: Jordan added that he felt Oti ‘didn’t come to play’ as she immediately threw his name into the ring after his performance

Friends: Oti admitted she knew he was under the mask because she'd previously performed with Diversity, as she said: 'I know how you move'

Friends: Oti admitted she knew he was under the mask because she’d previously performed with Diversity, as she said: ‘I know how you move’

The Masked Dancer sees 12 celebrity contestants perform unique dances, whilst covered from head to toe in extravagant, colourful costumes and masks, leaving the viewers and star panel to guess their identities. 

They take to the stage dressed as extravagant alter egos that will also include a carwash, a beagle, a squirrel, a rubber chicken, a flamingo, and a frog. 

Each fantastical costume is constructed with choreography in mind, and provides each dancer with plenty of limb freedom. 

Oti joined the show in March after it was confirmed that Rita Ora would not appear on the show, despite being a judge on The Masked Singer – on which the show is based. 

Positives: Jordan, while sad to be eliminated from the show first, said it was 'all worth it' because he was compared to Anthony Joshua on TV

Positives: Jordan, while sad to be eliminated from the show first, said it was ‘all worth it’ because he was compared to Anthony Joshua on TV

Concept: The Masked Dancer sees 12 celebrity contestants perform in extravagent costumes, carwash, beagle, squirrel, rubber chicken, flamingo, and frog will dance on Sunday night

Concept: The Masked Dancer sees 12 celebrity contestants perform in extravagent costumes, carwash, beagle, squirrel, rubber chicken, flamingo, and frog will dance on Sunday night

Oti – who is the reigning pro on Strictly Come Dancing – brings with her her experience as a judge on seasons one and two of BBC show The Greatest Dancer. 

ITV revealed earlier this week that John Bishop, David Walliams and Holly Willoughby will appear as guest judges, alongside the regular panel. 

Holly said of joining as a guest panelist: ‘How the Masked Dancers are able to pull off the moves they’re doing in these costumes is mind blowing!

‘I absolutely loved joining the panel as a special guest and getting to play detective. You’re all in for a real treat.’ 

Through: Zip, Llama (pictured) and Scarecrow were selected by the viewers to appear in their next round on Monday, with the six celebrities yet to perform appearing on Sunday night

Through: Zip, Llama (pictured) and Scarecrow were selected by the viewers to appear in their next round on Monday, with the six celebrities yet to perform appearing on Sunday night

Knows her stuff: Oti - who is the reigning pro on Strictly Come Dancing - brings with her her experience as a judge on seasons one and two of BBC show The Greatest Dancer

Knows her stuff: Oti – who is the reigning pro on Strictly Come Dancing – brings with her her experience as a judge on seasons one and two of BBC show The Greatest Dancer

John added: ‘I went to The Masked Dancer recording not sure what it would be like, but it was the most fun I’ve had for a long time.

‘The show is crazy – but in a good way – and seeing the video wall with all the viewers and families at home watching gives it an extra spice. It was a really fun evening and I thoroughly enjoyed it.’

And David, usually seen behind the Britain’s Got Talent judging desk, said: ‘I had a blast being a guest judge on the show. It is so silly and fun that you can’t help but have the best time.

‘Joel and the other judges made me feel so welcome. It is much harder than judging BGT though. This is more like having to be a detective!’

The Masked Dancer continues on Sunday 30th May at 7pm on ITV and the ITV Hub 

Special appearance: Holly Willoughby will appear as a guest judge, alongside the regular panel

Special appearance: Holly Willoughby will appear as a guest judge, alongside the regular panel

Also appearing: David Walliams, usually seen behind the Britain's Got Talent judging desk, said of the show: 'I had a blast being a guest judge on the show. It is so silly and fun'

Also appearing: David Walliams, usually seen behind the Britain’s Got Talent judging desk, said of the show: ‘I had a blast being a guest judge on the show. It is so silly and fun’ 



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