The world just cannot get enough Michael Jackson, and for his millions of fans all over the world, that surely is not a problem.
Earlier this year, Epic Records released Xscape, an album of previously unreleased tracks Michael had recorded spanning from the early 1980's to the late 1990's. So far this summer, two singles have been released from the album, the first being "Love Never Felt So Good". There were two versions of this single- a solo version and one featuring Justin Timberlake. The second single is a modern take on the classic "A Horse With No Name", originally released by the band America back in 1972. Michael's version, "A Place With No Name" tells the tale of a man who's vehicle breaks down on the side of the road. As he is looking for help, a woman appears in the fog and transports him to an otherworldly "Place With No Name"- a utopian world where "kids are playin'" and "no people have pain".
To help promote Xscape, and to build anticipation for the worldwide premiere of the "A Place With No Name" music video, the very popular FOX television show "So You Think You Can Dance" featured a very special episode dedicated entirely to Michael. The final 8 contestants and their partners each danced to a chosen Michael Jackson song, some from Xscape, the rest from his earlier albums.
If you missed "So You Think You Can Dance", don't worry. MJJC has clips of each performance below. Or if you prefer to watch the special episode in its entirety, click here. The full episode can also viewed on Fox.com (there may be a delay of up to 30 days however depending on whether or not your cable provider is on their list), or you can view it on Hulu as well, however you will need a Hulu+ subscription to watch.
At the top of the show, the top 8 finalists performed as a group, dancing to "A Place With No Name"
Ricky Ubeda danced to Smile.
Valerie Rockey danced to Wanna Be Startin Somethin
Casey Askew danced to Xscape
Tanisha Belnap danced to She's Out Of My Life
Rudy Abreu danced to Dirty Diana
Zack Everhart, Jr danced to The Way You Make Me Feel
Jaque LeWarne dance to Slave To The Rhythm
Jessica Richens danced to Eath Song