Michael Jackson selects main dancers for his UK gigs

Wednesday May 20, 2009

The chance to perform on the same stage as Michael Jackson is an opportunity most dancers can only dream of. But for 12 lucky hopefuls it's become a reality now the king of pop has chosen the back-up dancers for his summer tour.

After being hand-picked from as far afield as America, Canada and Germany, finalists endured a rigorous selection process. 

They were put through their paces during three days of X Factor-style auditions which originally attracted the talents of more than 5,000 applicants. Billie Jean icon Michael, 50, was assisted in his decision by the show's director along with a top choreographer. 

The successful dozen will spend the summer performing alongside the Thriller star during his This Is It tour which opens at London's O2 arena on July 8

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