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Housemates Will Not Be Told About 'Jacko' Death
When we first heard about 'King of Pop' Michael Jackson's
death on Thursday night, it put us in mind of Princess Diana's
death all those years ago; someone who was hugely famous and
died before their time, making it all seem a bit unbelievable
Then we remembered that the man the tabloid newspapers dubbed
'Wacko Jacko' was allegedly on a concoction of pills, seemed
to have plastic surgery every five minutes and lived an undoubtedly
strange existence, and suddenly it didn't seem so much of
But seriously, the pair do have something in common, in-that
he was considered to be one of the most famous men
in the world and she one of the most famous women,
and even though Jackson's heyday was long gone, he was still
incredibly well-known around the world and retained a lot
Indeed, Michael was about to make his comeback as a performer
in a sold-out 50-date arena run, and there were reports recently
that the rehearsals were going well. This was despite the
fact that the 50-year-old hadn't sung live for several years
(and the last time it was a complete shambles), or danced
in public since 2001/ 2002.
However, fans now be will denied the spectacle of seeing
the megastar do his famous 'moonwalk' one last time, due to
his untimely death from a cardiac arrest on the 29th of June
There is a connection between Michael Jackson and Big Brother
in the UK, in that his older brother Jermaine took part in
Celebrity Big Brother 5 in 2007, and eventually became the
runner-up after three weeks in the House. And big sister La
Toya appeared on CBB6 earlier this year.
Also, last summer's Big Brother 9 featured Michael Jackson's
'Thriller', which saw the housemates learning the zombie dance
routine and Rex's girlfriend Nicole eventually led the group
in a recreation of the groundbreaking music video.
Over the years, the show has had a number of huge MJ fans
as contestants too, notably Spencer 'Spanky' Smith in Big
Brother 2, and Seany O'Kane in Big Brother 8. The latter,
a 25-year-old Irishman, actually gave-up his job to go to
America and support Jackson during his 2005 court trial.
Since the news of Jackson's death broke, Big Brother fans
have called for the housemates to be informed because he was
such a big star. However, BB Executive Producer Sharon Powers
has said of Jacko's death: "We are not going to tell
the housemates as it's a fundamental rule of Big Brother that
the housemates are cut-off from the outside world".
R.I.P. the controversial but irreplaceable Michael Jackson.
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