Being a Fan: the last 9 years

So, it has been 9 years already. Can't quite believe how quickly the time has gone. Watching that moment on Britains Got Talent when Diversity were announced as the winners was incredible, and who could have known how much they would go on to achieve.

As soon as I'd seen their first audtion I realised there was one thing that I wanted to achieve, so for the past 9 years I've tried to support them as much as possible, making it to pretty much every show they've done. Being a fan might have cost me over £90,000, but I'm hoping some day I'll be able to achieve this one thing - the guys always say Dream Believe Achieve.

Seeing them perform on TV is one thing, but you can't beat seeing them live, and I got the chance to see them live for the first time on 21 June 2009 when they performed on the Britains Got Talent tour at Wembley Arena. Seeing the guys emerge from the black cloth they were under at the start of their performance and completely smash their routine was such a special moment, and it got me hooked, and I managed to see the show a second time at the Hammersmith Apollo on 28 June 2009.

In June 2009 I started working on this website, and launched it online in August 2009. Shortly after I created my first ever Twitter account (@streetdance_web) which you'll see never really took off and I didn't end up using it much. I've continued to update this site over the years, but have kept it very simple so people don't get it confused with their official website (www.diversityofficial.com).

I've managed to get stuff signed over the years on meet and greets, but in November 2009 I won a canvas that Diversity created for the No Surrender cancer charity. You can view the video of them creating the artwork here.

So, skip forward a few years to 2013. Having watched Secret Street Crew on the TV I thought it would be so cool to take part in a show like that, but not having anyone to create a crew with kind of threw a spanner in the works. In 2013 however, a brand new show created an opportunity. I rented a place up in Stockton for just under 6 weeks, and luckily as I work from home it meant I could quite easily move up there for this period. I actually bottled it when trying to get involved in the Big Town Dance show, but did manage to attend on the big performance day.

2013 was also the first year that I'd seen the guys perform in another country, as I went out to Disneyland Paris to see their performance for Disneyland's 20th anniversary.

The following year Jordan and Perri went state side to present at the Kids Choice Awards for Nickelodeon. In 2014, 2015 and 2016 I also went out to Los Angeles and visited all the locations that Jordan and Perri had filmed at. My idea was to create and interactive map of Los Angeles detailing all the locations and all the video clips they had recorded out there. This has taken years to put together, but will be available soon as part of a new section of this site called Diversity Plus (more details coming soon).

I also decided to get inked in 2014, and had the Face Apparel logo tattooed on my arm, along with their motto Dream Believe Achieve.

During the first five years of being a fan I'd only met the guys four times on meet and greets. I'd never waited around after any shows to meet them, and I had never got a picture with any of them. The Reboot was kind of a turning point, as it was the first time I had a picture taken with them, and their Glasgow show marked the first time that I waited around outside afterwards to meet them.

The Reboot was also the first tour where I went to every single show, then UCAP in 2015 I did all 31 shows, and last year I went to all 11 shows on the Genesis tour. The Genesis tour was really special as it marked the end of the super hero trilogy that Ashley had written, and it was also the third full tour I had done. I was so impressed with the whole tour and the work everyone had put in to it that I had 50 silver coins made to give out to the cast of the show, which came in a box with a card listing all the tour dates. I just thought it would be something that everyone could keep.

In 2015 the guys started performing at Butlins breaks at various different times during the year. It was another chance to get to see their incredible performances, and over the past 3 years I have been to 50 Butlins breaks to see their shows.

As well as attending all their shows, I've also bought a lot of merchandise over the years from shows, tours and bits I've won in charity auctions. I currently have over 40 Face Apparel baseball caps (I kind of have two of each design - one to wear and one to hang on the wall), as well as all the tour merch from every tour.

Something else new for the guys was appearing in panto at the London Palladium at the end of 2017. It's always great to see them trying different things and performing in different shows. I managed to see 30 shows over the five week period that the panto ran for.

In all the years of seeing the guys I'd never seen any of them on their birthday, so as I'd booked to see the panto on 15 December I decided to get Perri a Quidditch chess set that I managed to pick up from Harrods, and a caged Hedwig ornament from Hamleys (Hamleys don't have it on their website, but it is the same as this one).

I've loved the last 9 years and can't wait to see what's next...

Dream. Believe. Achieve.

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