By Dafydd Jones
Michael Forever was a concert to celebrate the life and music of the world’s biggest pop star. Featuring world-class artists, it was an opportunity for Jacko fans to relive some of the star’s greatest hits.
The show was undoubtedly hindered by problems from the get-go. Some members of the Jackson family didn’t support the event, the ticket sales were low and the Black Eyed Peas pulled out last week , whilst Jennifer Hudson cancelled the day of the event.
That didn’t stop dedicated fans from enjoying a bumper show. Ne-Yo opened with the classic ‘Billie Jean’ which set the crowd roaring from the start. JLS then appeared for a much anticipated performance with the Jackson Brothers and they didn’t disappoint with a rendition of ‘Blame it on the Boogie’.
The Jackson family were extremely excited about the event and the brothers were looking forward to getting back on stage together. There were also amazing performances from Christina Aguilera, Alexandra Burke, Craig David, Gladys Knight, Smokey Robinson, Yolanda Adams, 3T, Pixie Lott, LaToya Jackson, Alien Ant Farm and Diversity.
The show wasn’t the most technically brilliant. There was lots of stopping and starting, and occasions where the presenters seemed to be filling for time, but Michael Jackson fans wouldn’t have been let down by the performances themselves. Everyone on stage put their all into doing their hero proud.
Hosts Jamie Foxx and Fearne Cotton made sure that the energy in the arena didn’t drop for a second, and predictably for a show about Michael, they made much of the audience’s dancing abilities: Fearne asked the crowd to shout out if they’d ever attempted a moonwalk on the kitchen lino.
The evening was summed up by Michael’s mother, Katherine:
“Michael would have been so happy to see just how much he was loved, and to see his fans having such an amazing time.
“He would have been so delighted with all of the artists and their performances. From the bottom of my heart, I thank all of the artists and people that put this amazing night together, an uplifting reminder of what Michael was truly about. ”