Roshon Fegan picked the year when he first discovered Michael Jackson for his offering on Dancing with the Stars on Monday during the most memorable year week on the hit ABC show.
That year was 1996, which is the first year this young talent went to see Michael Jackson perform in person. Still, the choreography for Fegan’s samba that was created by Chelsie Hightower was inspired by the 1970s when Michael was the lead singer for the Jackson 5.
In honor of his hero, the folks from DWTS asked Travis Payne to stop by to help Fegan pick up on the dance moves of Michael Jackson for his performance on tonight’s Dancing with the Stars. Payne was MJ’s choreographer and so this young hoofer was given lessons from one of the best.
And then it was on with the show.
Roshon rocked an Afro and he also rocked some 70s threads that put him in the mood to emulate the King of Pop as he was during the early part of his career. MJ’s classic spins and tricks put into this Latin dance made for a lot of fun as the two youngest dancers on DWTS really seemed to enjoy themselves on the ballroom floor.
So what did the judges think?
Len Goodman said to Roshon that he really liked “the exuberance” and “the flair.” He also liked “the devil-may-care attitude” but he was hoping to see a “little more traditional samba in there.” Still, the British judge admitted that this Camp Rock thespian gave the dance his all.
DWTS arbiter Carrie Ann Inaba was also looking for more in this samba. She said, “I don’t think it was your best dance but I loved your innovation.”
Inaba was wary of the transitions since, when this hip kid went into his MJ moves, he seemed to ruin the flow, at least according to this American judge.
However, Bruno Tonioli was thrilled with this DWTS pair. He told the Disney star, “Michael Jackson would love it and so do I. It is uncanny. I saw [MJ] rehearsing in the 70s in London and I thought [Roshon] was him.”
Talk about a huge compliment.
In the end, the judges awarded two 8s by way of Len and Carrie Ann and a high nine from Bruno, for a total of 25. Although this Michael Jackson tribute was not Roshon Fegan’s highest score on Dancing with the Stars for 2012, it was perhaps his most memorable. After all, he was dancing for the person who inspired him to dance and act in the first place.