America is not the only one who mourns Michael Jackson’s death and Britain proved that with a tribute concert last week. His children were there, as well heavy names such as Black Eyed Peas, Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Leona Lewis, Ne-Yo, Alexandra Burke and many more famous artists, and yet the show was far from being perfect. Why? Because a starlet hit the stage looking a mess and turned her performance into a mess. Can you guess who’s to blame? Christina Aguilera is her name.
The 30-year-old singer who performed at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, shocked fans as she emerged on stage in a mangy state. According to Daily Mail, Aguilera’s blonde hair, which was filled out with long extensions, was matted mess and unkempt and her skimpy corset and fishnets did little to flatter her very curvy figure. What was she thinking appearing on stage like that only she knows; perhaps she thought it was appropriate and fitting with the song she chose to sing - one of the King of Pop’s favorite songs, “Smile” by Charlie Chaplin. Then, Aguilera changed into a more demure navy dress, with military detailing favoured by Jackson, and the audience forgave her for her previous mistake.
Another reason for the failure of the concert was the missing of some great artists who was supposed to perform on stage but pulled out of the lineup at the 11th hour, disappointing British fans big time. The Black Eyed Peas cited “unavoidable circumstances”, while Jennifer Hudson cancelled her performance without even hiding her frustration at the show’s organizers. She tweeted “To my uk fans that were coming to the mj show in wales. I will no longer be attending due to major production issues. I would have thought they would have informed you all by now, so since they did not , I am. Thank u for your support.”
Of course, the show went on despite these “minor flaws” and Cee Lo Green, Jamie Foxx, Gladys Knight and Smokey Robinson, and British stars Leona Lewis, Alexandra Burke, JLS and Diversity took the stage that was shaped like a giant glove one by one to pay their respects for the late King of Pop. The musicians performed songs from across Jackson’s career - from his childhood with the Jackson 5 through monster solo albums like Thriller and Bad. R&B star Ne-Yo kicked off the show with a rendition of Billie Jean, being cheered for some passable moonwalking moves, while Jackson’s brothers Marlon, Tito and Jackie - three-fifths of the original Jackson 5 - took the stage to perform Blame It On the Boogie with British boy band JLS.
Jackson’s three children were also there and they stepped up and tried to forget for a couple of hours the dark shadow that the Los Angeles manslaughter trial of Jackson’s doctor casted over their lives. “We’re very happy to be here on this special night to honor our father,” said 13-year-old Paris, who made a brief onstage appearance alongside brothers Prince, 14, and 9-year-old Michael Joseph Jr., known as Blanket. In order to honor their father, the children wore outfits evoking their father’s famous styles.
This entry was posted on Saturday, October 15th, 2011 at 12:36 am and is filed under News.