"This Is It" producer Dannie Ortega and Katie Holmes were a few of the stars that came out for the "Dizzy Feet" charity event at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood on Sunday.
I was invited to the event that is “to help underprivileged young people realize their dream of becoming professional dancers.” but had to pass. This was the first year for the Nigel Lythgoe event for the Dizzy Feet Foundation but I am told it will be an annual event.
Hopefully, my schedule next time will be clear. I did want to speak with Nigel and Katie and did want to have a not so heated conversation with Ortega about a few MJ related things but that can wait for another time.
Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance" found out that a tribute show they had planned for Michael Jackson will all Michael Jackson numbers has been turned down by Michael's record label Sony.
Nigel Lythgoe, the shows producer, is more than a little peeved.
"Sony said they would look at it, tell us what tracks you want cleared. Paula Abdul said she wanted to choreograph a few numbers, Wade Robeson (who Michael discovered) and they came back yesterday and said sorry we are not going to clear anything for these types of shows. I don't really know what they meant by these types of shows are but as far as I am concerned Michael puts his music out in a public forum gives his music to the people and for the fans and now they are saying no, you can't use it for a dance show. It's very upsetting"
Now, was Sony being controlling or did they think that the show was trying to capitilize on his death? Knowing Nigel, I think he was trying to do a serious dance tribute to Michael Jackson. They already have Katie Holmes booked in a few weeks for ratings anyway and "So You Think You Can Dance" has been a summer hit again for Fox.
American Idol got approval this year to do a MJ themed show when he was alive. One has to wonder what is going on with the control of his music now that he has passed.-Dr.FB