Dancing with the Stars Plans Michael Jackson Tribute

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This summer, So You Think You Can Dance producer Nigel Lythgoe had this awesome Michael Jackson-dance-tribute episode of the Fox hit planned. He even had Paula Abdul putting it together ... until Team MJ nixed it at the last minute.

Whether it was Sony or the [Jackson] family estate, SYTYCD could not get the music cleared legally, as they must to use it on the show. Which is too bad.

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Well, Dancing With the Stars will be putting on its own show dedicated to the late King of Pop. The special Jackson tribute will air this Tuesday, October 20.

All Season 9 DWTS pros - including Mark Ballas, Cheryl Burke, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Tony Dovolani, Chelsie Hightower, Derek Hough, Kym Johnson, Lacey Schwimmer, Jonathan Roberts, Edyta Sliwinska and Karina Smirnoff - are on board.

The late Michael Jackson will be honored on Dancing with the Stars.

That's cool and all, except for the fact that So You Think You Can Dance would have done a better job. DWTS' higher ratings probably persuaded Jackson's reps to green light it, but the late music icon himself would probably disapprove.

If he were alive, he'd be hiring his backup dancers out of the younger, hipper SYTYCD troupe (like winner Jeanine Mason) before the DWTS pros in a second.

DWTS' professionals are talented, but lack the unique, eclectic styles and wow factor that has consistently made SYTYCD one of the most fun shows on TV.

We hope we're proven wrong and Dancing With the Stars knocks it out of the park. But it seems like So You Think You Can Dance and its better production/direction, and more appropriate talent, should have been the pick to honor MJ.

Let's put it this way: Which show's cast would do the best job paying homage to Jackson's "Bad" video, for example? We rest our case.


I think it is awesome they are doing this I can't wait to see it
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I think that anyone would do as good of a job with the tribute, as long as they dont have LaToya singing it will be great. Last season several of the stars chose MICHALE JACKSON music as what they most wanted to dance to. So, I think your evaluation of who would do a better job is lame. I also dont want to hear that WOMAN on SYTYCD scream anymore...whats her name??? Mary???or whatever....if i have to hear her laugh/scream out over how excited she is I know I will puke. So..DWTS will be the only MJ tribute that can guarantee to screaming banshee and thats the best by me. THANKS DWTS for saluting the greatest entertainer in American History if not the World for that matter.


when is this going to air? cause i want to sit there and laugh at them, but then again, they MIGHT even do a good job, i hope


i really want to see how this all works out, i really hope so you think you can dance does this too


that video is so famous


i wonder if they'll use thriller


so you think you can dance would have done a greattt job!


but i dont udnerstand why they did pick dancing with the stars


I think its great people are honouring Michael Jackson doing this :)


it's really amazing how many people are honoring mj but it's kinda sad that the shows are doing it mainly for ratings

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Michael Jackson was the King of Pop, with the best-selling album of all-time and more than a dozen massive hits. After years of physical... More »
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