This morning was the launch of the brand new wax figure of the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. It was revealed at Madame Tussauds in London, which 25 lucky members of MJWN got the chance to attend.
The figure is in an iconic Michael pose as depicted in the classic performance pose of his “This is It” tour poster – arms outstretched, pelvis thrusting forward, on tip toes with his trade-mark fedora pushed forward – the figure is a celebration of his extraordinary career.
The world famous attraction created the new figure to originally mark Michael’s return to the live performance stage, but decided to proceed as planned in tribute to him after his death. “As the response to his tragic death has shown, Michael Jackson was one of the most powerful forces in contemporary music and culture and he has remained one of the most popular personalities at Madame Tussauds throughout his career,” said PR Manager, Liz Edwards. “We enjoyed a very special relationship with Michael and this is the 13th time we have portrayed him – a reflection of that popularity. It was always our intention to make this new figure a celebratory one, signaling his much anticipated return to the stage but also acknowledging all of his incredible achievements. We hope it will still be a celebration – and a tribute to one of the most innovative and influential entertainers the world has seen.”
Michael’s new figure was created using information gathered at a sitting he gave in 1989, together with extensive photography and research to reflect the “This is It” image. The figure will be situated in a dedicated area in the Music section, which will also feature some archive materials depicting the long relationship between the singer and the attraction.
The 25 lucky fans who won our competition to attend the launch and then get free tickets to the whole attraction were: Lisa Bullock, Paul Lewington, Lisa Ainslie, Bev Beri, Natalie Barnes, Carole Sullivan, Sophie Yates, Laura Evans, Sergejs Visnevskis, Seany O Kane, Kevin Pollard, James Gill, Kirsty Goddard, Adrian Lewis, Sabrina Choudhury, Lee Mostafa, James Spicer, Anna Gawan, Jeanette Simpson, Alison Stubbs, Tim Joyce, Sophie Dall, Jeanette Boardman, Amardeep Bhogal and Ryan Wicks.