The BBC announced today, 13 October, 2009, that the winning act of BBC Three’s forthcoming series, Move Like Michael Jackson,will win a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform at the official tribute concert.
The concert, which is due to take place in London next June, will be hosted by Jermaine Jackson and the rest of the Jackson family and will include an array of global superstars.
The six-part dance series, which is to be hosted by BBC Radio 1′s Reggie Yates, will see a nationwide search to find Britain’s most talented and original dancers who can demonstrate they have the spirit, showmanship and technical ability of the great man.
Open auditions will take place in Manchester on 17 October and London on 24 October and will be judged by dance agent supremo Mark Summers, who was most recently responsible for finding the world’s most talented dancers for Michael Jackson’s This Is It tour.
In addition, Mark will be scouring Newcastle, Cardiff and Glasgow between 19 and 30 October searching out other potential candidates.
Between them they will choose just 16 hopefuls to go through to the studio shows, who will then be whittled down to six by Jermaine Jackson, Mark and one other for a place in the live final.
The finalists will be guided through their studio performances by none other than multi-award-winning choreographer and dancer Lavelle Smith Junior, who worked on Michael’s Bad, Dangerous and History tours, plus numerous videos, including The Way You Make Me Feel, Black And White and Scream.
Aimed at finding dancers who best embody the spirit of Michael Jackson on stage, the show will include competitors from all backgrounds, individuals and group performances. The winner won’t necessarily be the dancer who simply mimics Jackson’s choreography, but rather someone who can move like him, creating and inventing their own iconic steps and styles to most impress the judges and viewers.
Move Like Michael Jackson was commissioned by Karl Warner and will be made by Gogglebox Entertainment and Fever Media. The executive producers are Karl Warner for BBC, Adam Wood and Mat Steiner for Gogglebox Entertainment and Richard Hopkins and Louise Rainbow for Fever Media.
Move Like Michael Jackson will transmit later in the year and will be stripped across one week.
More content about Move Like Michael Jackson will be published, as transmission approaches, on this page: www.bbc.co.uk/tv/comingup/movelikemichaeljackson