According to TMZ, Smokey Robinson will also perform at the event, and that makes sense to us. Legendary performer, spoke at Michael’s funeral, close with the Jackson family – we’re on board.
Then there’s Leona Lewis, JLS and Craig David. We suppose the “Collide” songstress is an alright pick, since MJ reportedly picked the X Factor winner as the opener for his O2 arena shows (that, er, never came to fruition). Other X Factor alum JLS are big fans of the King of Pop (just check out their Jackson medley here), as is smooth crooner Craig David. But does being a Michael Jackson fan immediately put you up for consideration for such a huge event?
Most bizarrely, though, is the inclusion of Alien Ant Farm — yes, that long-ago group who covered “Smooth Criminal” for the American Pie 2 soundtrack. They are also performing. Really.
“This announcement is just the beginning,” says an exec from Global Live Events, who are putting on the tribute show. “We have many more to announce.” Hell, why not just have Weird Al Yankovic perform? He can do a “Fat” and “Eat It” medley!
Head on over here to “register your interest” for tickets.