Jackson children watch tribute show

Michael Jackson's children are in Cardiff tonight to watch a concert in tribute to their late father.

Jackson children watch tribute show

Michael Jackson's children are in Cardiff tonight to watch a concert in tribute to their late father.

'Michael Jackson Forever', which has been dogged by an internal argument in the Jackson family, a band pull-out and rumours of poor ticket sales, started at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff at 6pm.

Michael Jackson's brothers Tito, Marlon and Jackie, who organised the event, confirmed that Prince Michael, Paris and Blanket were backstage "eating candy" and were looking forward to the show, in which stars are performing their favourite Jackson hits.

Speaking to the media before going on stage, Jackie Jackson said: "They are very excited about this line up and the show. They have a couple of artists that they really love."

Asked whether the children might follow in their father's footsteps in showbusiness, he said: "I don't know. There is time, they are so young and they have a long way to go but they enjoy music just like we did."

Artists including Cee Lo Green, Christina Aguilera, Gladys Knight, JLS and Smokey Robinson are due to perform on a stage in the shape of a giant glove, one of Jackson's signature items of clothing.

Beyonce is also due to perform via videolink at the event which is being hosted by Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx with Fearne Cotton.

Fans will also see Jackson's sister La Toya who has come out of retirement to perform on the night with her brothers.

The show has been affected by several setbacks. The initial announcement of the concert by the star's mother Katherine revealed divisions in the Jackson family.

His brothers Jermaine and Randy said the concert was "inappropriate" and "ill-timed" because it is during the criminal trial of Conrad Murray, the doctor charged with involuntary manslaughter in relation to the star's death at the age of 50 on June 25, 2009.

Chart-toppers Black Eyed Peas were also to play but pulled out with less than a week to go, citing "unavoidable circumstances".

Jackie said tonight they were happy to give something back to UK fans who had "been great to our family for many many years, supporting us".

Jackson's three children took to the stage to introduce Beyonce's performance, dressed as various stage incarnations of their father, and were greeted by tumultuous applause.

Blanket, the youngest child, looked stunned by the noise and the lights but the elder two looked at ease on the stage.

Introducing Beyonce, Paris said: “She is always pushing the envelope with her boundless energy and talent.

“She carries the torch lit by our father and it gives me great pleasure to introduce this woman.”

Beyonce, who wore her hair in a Jackson Five-style afro style, played one of the group’s hits, 'Where You Are', saying it was the first song she performed with her former group Destiny’s Child.

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