Netflix's latest dancing reality show, Dance Monsters, is hosted by Ashley Roberts along with the show's judges: Ne-Yo, Ashley Banjo, and Lele Pons. The twist of the show is that the participants perform backstage while their CGI monster, which is controlled by the dancer's body movement, performs the moves in front of the judges.
Dance Monsters, also known as Dance Monsters: A Dance Competition, is a British reality dance competition show on Netflix that adds a futuristic and monster twist to the traditional format of most dance shows. In this one-of-a-kind reality show, several amateur dancers compete for a grand cash prize of $250,000. The twist is that these dancers perform backstage while their CGI monster, which is controlled by the dancer's body movement, performs the moves in front of the judges.
The participants in this dancing show do not perform on the main stage. Instead, they are connected to an animation setup that allows their monster alter-egos to perform on stage and mimic the dancers' moves. As a result, the competitors are judged solely on their dancing abilities, with no other considerations.
The show has gained a lot of attention due to its unique premise. Much of its success can also be attributed to its judges, who excite both the contestants and the viewers. But who are the judges of the Netflix show? Well, let's find it out.
Dance Monsters: Ne-Yo, Ashley Banjo, and Lele Pons Are the Three Judges of the Netflix Show Along With the Host, Ashley Roberts!
Popular reality television shows such as The Masked Singer and The Voice ushered in a new era of talent shows. And Dance Monsters could be the best yet. The series, hosted by former Pussycat Dolls member Ashley Roberts (@iamashleyroberts), premiered on Netflix on Friday, December 16. Here's what we know so far about show judges!
Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Ne-Yo (@neyo) is one of the highly qualified judges on the Dance Monsters panel. He's previously written songs for A-list celebrities such as Rihanna, Beyonce, and Leona Lewis. In addition to music, Ne-Yo has pursued a career in film and television. He previously appeared as Badger on the 2020-2021 season of The Masked Singer UK, in addition to guest appearances on shows such as CSI: NY, The X Factor, and America's Got Talent. The Because of You singer also appears alongside Keri Hilson in VH1's Hip Hop Family Christmas franchise.
From 2009 to 2013, Ne-Yo was married to Monyetta Shaw, the mother of his two eldest children. He had three children with his current wife, model Crystal Renay Williams after their marriage ended.
Another judge Ashley Banjo from Dance Monsters looks familiar, and he is. Ashley is one of three children born to British heavyweight boxer Funso Banjo in Leytonstone, London.
Dance Monsters is not the choreographer's first appearance on a reality TV competition show. He and his street dance group, Diversity, won Season 3 of Britain's Got Talent in 2009. He later went on to host Sky1's Got to Dance (formerly Just Dance) for five seasons. Ashley has also judged ITV's Dance Dance Dance and Dancing on Ice.
Lele Pons (@lelepons), a digital creator, musician, and actress, knows how to cut a rug — just ask her 17 million+ social media followers. The 26-year-old is the panel's youngest judge, but she's no stranger to the spotlight. The Venezuelan-American performer rose to prominence on the now-defunct video platform Vine. Lele has since appeared in videos alongside Camila Cabello, Anitta, and J. Balvin.
Her television appearances include Cooking with Paris on Netflix and Scream on MTV. Fans can learn more about the entertainer by watching her self-produced 2020 docuseries, The Secret Life of Lele Pons, on YouTube.
Ashley Banjo’s Spouse and Children!
Ashley Banjo (@ashleybanjogram) is currently married to Francesa Banjo (formerly Francesa Abbott). The couple has been together for more than 17 years and is deeply in love. The couple got engaged in September 2014 and announced their engagement on October 2, 2014. Their happy wedding took place in July 2015, much to their delight. They chose Bali, Indonesia, for their honeymoon and appear to have had a good time.
Ashley and Francesa have both been open about their lives on social media, and they frequently share photos of their families with their followers. It's easy to see the love the two have for each other and those around them.
The Banjos welcomed their first child into the world in February 2019. Rose Banjo's birth was a watershed moment for the couple, who couldn't get enough of their baby girl. Micah Banjo was born on March 26, 2020, making the young Banjo son a big sister. The happy family of four appears to enjoy each other's company and enjoys spending time together. Francesca is currently a member of the Diversity Management Team and was previously a member of the dance troupe Out of the Shadows.