SIMON Cowell’s golden buzzer winner Kojo Anim has been a friend of judge Alesha Dixon for a decade, we can reveal.
The funnyman, 39, who has already performed with bigtime comedians Chris Rock and Kevin Hart, raised concerns over favouritism after he sailed through last night’s round of auditions – in front of his close pal.
The BGT judge, 40, admitted she knew the Ghana-born stand-up star, but kept schtum about the fact they have been tight for over nine years, regularly attending showbiz events together.
The pair cuddled up for paps at Nate Walka’s exclusive listening party at Molton House Cocktail Lounge back in 2010.
A source said: “This will raise eyebrows and lead to worries of favouritism.”
Kojo, who lives in London with his fiancee Tiffany, and their eight-month-old son Roman-Kingsley, had the audience on their feet with his act last night after spending the past 20 years crafting a comedy career.
Aged five he was put into foster care with his Aunt Sandra, but described the experience as a “blessing” that drove him on further to succeed.
Simon told The Sun it was his connection to Kojo as a dad that had him reaching for the golden buzzer.
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He told The Sun: “Maybe being a dad changes you because I picked up on the fact he was emotional when he spoke about his baby son.
“I saw what it meant to him, so I connected to him in a very different way.
“What I liked was it didn’t feel like he’d scripted something or it was an act he’d done 100 times before, it felt natural, fresh and most importantly people liked him.”
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