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Thursday, November 16, 2006

The Reviews Are In
How fantastic was Michael Jackson's comeback at the World Music Awards tonight? Very fantastic. So fantastic that no reporter on the scene seemed capable of squeezing all the fantastic details into just one story. Let's go to the highlights...

Monsters and Critics: Jackson - who is set to perform his classic hit 'Thriller' at tonight's (15.11.06) ceremony in London - demanded personal hair and make-up artists, a private jet and 20 first-class plane tickets for his entourage. The eccentric singer has also made a number of outrageous demands to staff at the Hempel Hotel, in London's Bayswater area, where he is staying at a cost of £6,300-a-night. Upon Jackson's request the lavish hotel has erected an 18ft wall on its first floor to provide more privacy for him and his three children.

BBC: Outside the venue, you could almost taste the excitement... Inside the venue, it seemed like everyone had come specifically to see Jackson. Every pause in the evening's ceremony (and there were many) was soundtracked by shouts of "Michael, Michael". When host Lindsay Lohan fluffed her lines, she was booed - presumably for delaying the pop star's appearance by a few more precious seconds.

BBC: Jackson received a standing ovation as he walked onto the stage. He told the audience: "I love you. God has answered my prayers. Thriller has become the biggest-selling album of all time, with 140 million sold. I love all the fans from the bottom of my heart. I love England." He then left the stage to boos from the crowd who had still expected him to sing.

The Times: He had told organisers that he would re-create his Thriller video after being presented with the Diamond Award for selling more than 100 million albums. But the celebrities and public, who had paid up to £70 for a ticket, were left waiting for 30 minutes as Jackson suffered stage fright in his dressing room. Beyoncé, who was being honoured in the show, comforted Jackson and persuaded him to sing.

Reuters: The 48-year-old, performing live for the first time since he was acquitted of child molestation charges in June 2005, had been expected to sing his seminal hit Thriller. But to the huge disappointment of screaming fans, that was performed instead by young U.S. star Chris Brown.

USA Today: With a few thrilling bars of We Are the World, Michael Jackson made a triumphant return to the spotlight... dressed in a sequined black tuxedo, said little and sang even less, but that didn't dampen the spirits of his fans, many of whom traveled from around the world to witness Jackson's comeback.

AP: ...he appeared on stage and sang among a group of swaying, clapping kids - until the musical accompaniment inexplicably stopped. "There have been so many people who have loved me and stood by me. I love all the fans from the bottom of my heart," Jackson said before flinging his black jacket into the crowd and exiting the stage.

Melbourne Herald Sun: "While I cannot meet all of them I would like to thank my wonderful children, Paris, Prince and Blanket for their unconditional love and support and my mother and my father, my brothers and sisters, my entire family for their love and support."

BBC: At the end of the song he spent time shaking hands with people in the front row before leaving the stage... It was not the first disappointment of the evening for Jackson fans, as the star failed to stop and meet the hundreds of supporters who had waited for hours to see him on the red carpet.


That's some multi-layered awesomeness. There's almost no way this doesn't end wonderfully. And somehow even Billy Bush is involved. I can't wait for the inevitable M.J.-Britney-O.J. World Tour of Truth.

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