Earlier this year when Michael Jackson died, producer/judge Nigel Lythgoe tried in vain to stage a season 5 So You Think You Can Dance special featuring the King Of Pop's legendary music and moves. But the powers-that-be at Sony told Nigel to beat it, inexplicably (I say "inexplicably" because both American Idol and America's Best Dance Crew had aired all-MJ episodes before that, and later Sony granted music clearance to the far inferior reality dance show Dancing With The Stars).
And so, the SYTYCD/Jackson tribute sadly never happened.
But the season 5 cast finally got their thriller moment at their Halloween 2009 tourdate in St. Louis, Missouri, when their usual finale performance of "Brand New Day" (a song from Michael's 1970s flick The Wiz) segued into a routine straight out of MJ's iconic graveyard video:
The thrill is not gone after all.
- Nigel Lythgoe
- King Of Pop