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Fans of late pop star Michael Jackson can compete for the chance to dance at next year's official Michael Jackson tribute show.
Michael Jackson fans can compete for the chance to dance in front of his family.
New TV show 'Move Like Michael Jackson' will start filming in the UK later this month and contestants will battle it out for the chance to star in an official tribute concert for the late pop star in front of the Jackson family.
A spokesman for the BBC3 series said: "The winner won't necessarily be the dancer who mimics Michael Jackson's choreography, but rather someone who can move like him, creating and inventing iconic steps and styles."
Auditions will begin in the next few weeks in front of Mark Summers, the choreographer who chose the dance group for the singer's sold-out 'This Is It' London shows.
Once the thousands of contenders have been cut down, 16 finalists will be reduced to six by Michael's brother Jermaine, Mark and another as-yet unnamed judge.
The contestants will be trained by Michael's personal choreographer Lavelle Smith Jr and the show will be aired later this year.
The lucky six will then compete in a live final due to be aired later this year and again at the tribute concert being planned in London next June.
Meanwhile, it has been revealed Michael's new track 'This Is It' - the first song released since his death - was co-written by Paul Anka.
It was originally called 'I Never Heard' and was recorded by artist Safire, who released it in 1990.
John Branca - a co-executor of Michael's estate - has acknowledged the track was co-written by Anka, who will reportedly get 50 per cent of the publishing rights.
Branca told website TMZ: "We acknowledge that Michael and Paul wrote this song together."
Anka said: "They did the right thing. I don't think that anybody tried to do the wrong thing. It was an honest mistake."