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By unknown | Jul 10, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

MICHAEL Jackson will perform from beyond the grave in London next month.

MICHAEL Jackson will perform from beyond the grave in London next month.

The late singer's This Is It show is being planned to take place at The O2 arena - where the Smooth Criminal singer had sold out a 50-night residency - on August 29, the day of Michael's 51st birthday.

A life-like hologram of the King of Pop will be projected on stage and perform parts of his planned set to fans accompanied by the backing dancers he had been rehearsing with before his death last month.

It is also believed the pop star's children - Prince Michael, 12, Paris, 11 and seven-year-old Prince Michael II - will take to the stage for the grand finale with Michael's brothers and sisters, like they did at his Los Angeles memorial on Tuesday.

Britain's Got Talent singer Shaheen Jafargholi - who performed Who's Lovin' You? at the ceremony - has reportedly been approached about singing a Jackson 5 medley, taking on the vocals Jackson performed as a youngster, for the planned show.

AEG promoter Randy Philips - the man behind Jackson's O2 residency - says it is important everyone gets to see what would have been an "amazing show".

Earlier this month he said: "The world needs to see this production. It would have been one of the most amazing shows ever, so we want the world to see that."

Meanwhile, a popular Los Angeles tourist attraction will be renamed from Universal CityWalk to Universal Moonwalk.

From 7pm last night, the entertainment centre would have been transformed into a huge Michael Jackson tribute party, featuring outside screenings of movie The Wiz - which Jackson starred in - and the music video for Thriller.

Jackson's former doctor has denied he is the father of the late singer's two oldest children - as far as he knows.

Dr Arnold Klein - whose former assistant Debbie Rowe was married to Jackson for three years and is the mother of Prince Michael, 12, and 11-year-old Paris - declined to give a definite answer about the paternity of the kids when quizzed.

Klein, Jackson's dermatologist for 20 years, told US TV show Good Morning America: "I can't say anything about it, but to the best of my knowledge, I am not the father of these children."

Jackson always insisted he was the biological father of Prince and Paris and claimed they were conceived in the "natural" way.

However, Rowe has previously alleged the children were created by artificial insemination, and the sperm used was not the singer's.

Rowe gave up custody of Prince and Paris following their divorce in 1999 and Jackson went on to have another child, Prince Michael II, via a surrogate mother, whose identity has never been revealed.

Although he did his best to keep the children out of the spotlight - even making them wear veils on the rare occasions they ventured out in public - all three of them appeared on stage at his star-studded memorial on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Jackson will not be buried until his brain is returned to his family. His brain was removed for toxicology tests to determine the actual cause of death, after he died of a suspected cardiac arrest, aged 50.

Although his funeral was held on Tuesday his body is lying in state in a gold coffin and Jackson's family will not commit him to the earth until the tests are complete.

His last resting place has not been finalised and his family are split as to where he should be buried. His brother Jermaine is said to want his brother to lie at the Neverland ranch, which was his home for many years.

His mother Katherine disagrees, however, arguing the ranch is "tainted" because it was searched by police for evidence relating to child abuse charges brought against the star, of which he was fully acquitted.

A source close to the Jackson family said: "Katherine is continuing to be her son's protector even after his death." - Bang


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