Sources: Mirror | All Things Michael
The show where celebrities pay tribute to their favorite stars kicks off with Ashley Banjo celebrating Michael Jackson’s Thriller – the best-selling album of all time.
Shortly after Diversity won Britain’s Got Talent in 2009, Ashley and his dance troupe heard that Jackson wanted them to support him at his upcoming London gigs.
“It was one of the greatest moments in my life,” recalls Ashley.
Sadly, Michael’s death in June 2009 while preparing for the shows meant this would never happen.
“So I didn’t get to meet the man who inspired me to dance,” says Ashley, 26. “But this is my tribute to him.”
Along the way, he tells the story of the album’s hits Billie Jean, Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’, Beat It, Human Nature and Thriller.
Ashley hears stories from the people who Michael worked with and gets under the skin of the myths.
We also hear from film director John Landis who created the famous Thriller video.
“Michael had seen hardly any horror films because he was too scared,” recalls Landis.
We also learn that Jackson didn’t invent the moonwalk, but that his signature backwards dance move was taught to him by Shalamar singer and dancer Jeffrey Daniel.
Next week, Strictly judge Len Goodman follows in the footsteps of his hero – the legendary Fred Astaire.
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