Move Like Michael Jackson

Move Like Michael Jackson (BBC Three) is a new show that sets to tap into the nation’s fondness for Diversity, who recently did rather well on Britain’s Got Talent. Of course, the BBC couldn’t let on that this is the case, so had to jump on a non-ITV bandwagon.

Away from Cowell, the biggest bandwagon of 2009 was the death of Michael Jackson. It’s always sad when someone dies… not because of personal loss (people who say MJ meant a lot to them are usually borderline mental) but rather, you get to witness the human equivalent of circling vultures.

Michael Jackson’s funeral is still top of my TV shows for 2009… which is weird. I mean, it was so bafflingly peculiar that at various points in the show, I’d completely forgotten that someone had actually died.

Now he’s dead, we can all use his name… or so it seems. Move Like Michael Jackson is actually something for a misnomer. The show should’ve been called ‘Michael Jackson Liked Dancing And So Do I‘.

That’s because, when the show was suddenly inundated with Michael Jackson lookalikes, all of whom were completely crackers, the programme judges moaned and complained and actually said ‘we’re not here to find someone who can copy Michael’s moves’… and thereby, admitting that they weren’t after someone who Moved Like Michael Jackson.

The judges confusing proceedings were Lavelle Smith Jnr and Mark Summers. Lavelle was MJ’s right hand dancing man and Summers was some kind of scalp hunting talent spotter. In the case of the latter, he’d misguidedly found himself feeling like he was doing something important for the world. This meant that, bizarrely, he was a perfect mixture of the idiot faux-blackery of Tim Westwood and the Queen Bitch camp of Gok Wan. This of course made him perfect for television. One camp will see him as larger-than-life, the other, perfectly happy to point and laugh at him.

I wanted to hate the programme and basically tuned in to slag the whole thing off… because if we’re being honest with each other here, anything with Michael Jackson tacked onto it these days is crass, overblown and inane.

However, once you stripped away all the shit format of the TV talent show, underneath was a reasonably enjoyable programme… mainly due to the rare gems of dancers tucked away amongst the average and deluded. Bear in mind that I have an unnatural loathing for organised dance, that was quite something. I surprised even myself.

Some of the dancers did things that were so strange and impressive that I dribbled onto my floor… when I stood up to gawp, I slipped in it and ended up doing a dance move so wonderful that I would’ve impressed even the most brain-damaged Michael Jackson nut to the point where they turned their back on the pop legend and said: “Mof Gimmers, you are our new king.”

So yeah, whilst this programme is pretty irritating in places, the actual talent on show is pretty rewarding. I never thought I’d say that about a bunch of people fannying about on a stage. This could well be a cult hit for BBC Three. Provided that Jermaine Jackson doesn’t weird them out when he finally makes his appearance later in the series.

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

Jackson 5’er, Jermaine Jackson, is to be one of the judges on brand new BBC Three series called Move Like Michael Jackson.

The six-part dance series 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.

Okay, maybe not ‘original’ then.

Back in the studio, Jermaine and the rest of the panel will be seeing who can put their true versatility and ingenuity to the test as they perform to classic Michael Jackson tracks.

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.

Jermaine said: “Michael was a superb dancer who inspired people across the world to master his moves and create their own unique routines. I’m really excited and delighted to be part of this show and look forward to finding the UK’s most talented and inspiring dancers.”

Jermaine completely didn’t say: “I’m doing rather well since my brother died. I’ve been inundated with TV offers! It’s great!”

Move Like Michael Jackson will be broadcast later in the year and will be stripped across one week. Auditions will be held across the country in October and are open to anyone aged 16 and over. For an application form e-mail dance(at)fevermedia(dot)co(dot)uk.

Jackson 5 legend Jermaine Jackson is to be one of the judges on brand new BBC Three entertainment series Move Like Michael Jackson.

Celebrating the greatest pop icon of our time, this six-part dance series 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.

Back in the studio, Jermaine and the rest of the panel will be seeing who can put their true versatility and ingenuity to the test as they perform to classic Michael Jackson tracks.

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.

Jermaine said: “Michael was a superb dancer who inspired people across the world to master his moves and create their own unique routines. I’m really excited and delighted to be part of this show and look forward to finding the UK’s most talented and inspiring dancers.”

Executive Editor for BBC Entertainment Commissioning, Karl Warner, said: “Michael Jackson was one of the greatest performers of all time and we think this is a brilliant way to honour him. We want to hear from anyone who’s ever been inspired by the Moonwalk, the Smooth Criminal lean or the crotch grab, and find out if they can move like Michael Jackson.”

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 for Fever Media.

Move Like Michael Jackson will be broadcast later in the year and will be stripped across one week.

Auditions will be held across the country in October and are open to anyone aged 16 and over. For an application form email dance@fevermedia.co.uk or call 0207 428 5632.

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