Jackson Comeback Performance Deemed A Flop

British media seized on Michael Jackson and the organizers of an awards ceremony where he appeared last night (Nov. 15), calling his first public performance since his child molestation trial last yea

British media seized on Michael Jackson and the organizers of an awards ceremony where he appeared last night (Nov. 15), calling his first public performance since his child molestation trial last year "shambolic."

Far from the full rendition of mega-hit "Thriller" the world's media had been led to expect at the World Music Awards in London, Jackson instead sang the chorus line of his charity single "We Are the World" with a choir of children. When he reached for the higher notes he appeared to struggle, and mid-song the sound was inexplicably cut.

U.S. star Chris Brown sang "Thriller" instead, even wearing the familiar red leather jacket of the original video, but he failed to placate a crowd who had not come to see a stand-in.

"Jackson the flop" was the Daily Mail's headline in its online version today, describing what many had hoped would be a triumphant comeback. The review, which accused Jackson of not trying, added: "It was enough to make you cry. And not in a good way.

The story called the event an "embarrassing comeback" and focused on those in the crowd who booed at seeing Jackson sing just four lines of music.

Organizers of the annual World Music Awards were also criticized for a chaotic evening. Besides sound problems during Jackson's performance, around half the winners of main awards did not show up to receive them, hostess Lindsay Lohan made only a few fleeting remarks and there were long waits between each performance.


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