Ashley Banjo made his judging debut on Britain's Got Talent and viewers were so impressed with him, that they pleaded with show bosses for him to feature on the panel on a permanent basis.

The Diversity star, who won the programme was his dance troupe back in 2009, had to fill Simon's shoes after the head judge broke his back after he fell from his new electric bike.

The music mogul suffered a freak accident while testing out his new purchase on his Malibu driveway, resulting in him undergoing emergency spinal surgery.

During the first semi-finals show, viewers shared their views on Ashley's judging critique, admitting they found his "constructive criticism" refreshing rather than the other judges' "wishy washy" comments.

Ashley Banjo made his judging debut on Britain's Got Talent on Saturday evening

One wrote: "Open minded, open hearted, fair and honest. Couldn't ask for a better Britain's Got Talent Judge with Ashley Banjo, a complete natural."

"Loving the fact Ashley Banjo isn't just being wishy washy like the other 3 judges, constructive criticism is the way forward," another gushed.

And a third put: "We need four Ashley Banjo’s on the show. Or just get another three members of Diversity?"

The Diversity star filled Simon Cowell's shoes on the show

Last month, Simon announced Ashley would be filling his spot on the show while he continues to recover from surgery.

Cowell said: "Ashley will be a fantastic edition to the panel. He knows the power of the show; and the responsibility of it.

"I couldn’t think of a better person to sit in my seat whilst I follow doctor’s orders. I hate that stupid bike!"

Ashley won BGT with his dance troupe Diversity in 2009, beating Susan Boyle in the live final

And Ashley added: "As if 2020 couldn’t get any crazier! It’s super humbling and super exciting!

"I remember being on that stage last year and talking about how it’s been 10 years since we won, and how people should never tell you, you can’t do something.

"Walking on that stage as a 20-year-old street dancer from the streets of east London and now I am walking out there and stepping in for the big man! It feels really nice, almost poetic."