Pop sensation Michael Jackson is trying his best to ensure that fans watching his O2 shows leave with the desperation to copy his dance moves, for he has hired world-famous choreographer Kenny Ortega to come up with a fresh move that will beat the singer’s signature Moonwalk.
Kenny has already worked with Jacko on his Dangerous and History world tours.
“To be invited to partner him again is a dream come true,” the ‘Sun’ quoted him as saying.
“He is a creative mastermind and inspires every one of us to climb to new places and conquer new challenges.
“He is the most significant artist and entertainer of our generation,” he added.
The tabloid has also revealed that Jacko has hired Kenny to produce the 50 dates at the London venue is a massive coup. The paper says that secret rehearsals are well under way in Burbank, California.
Jackson and Kenny will be joined by 10 dancers—eight men and two women—who were selected after an audition of 700 dancers in Los Angeles last week.
AEG’s Randy Phillips, a senior official at the firm which is staging Jackson’s shows, has given a few tantalising hints of what to expect.
He said: “The stage set, choreography, costumes, lighting, effects and overall production will be of the highest standard and are pushing state-of-the-art.”
He also revealed the budget was north of 13millionpounds, and would pay for 22 different stage backdrops. He said that there would be 18 to 22 songs on the setlist.
As regards Jackson’s Moonwalk-beating move, Phillips said: “He’s working on it, but I’m sworn to secrecy.”