Several members of Michael Jackson‘s family sat front and center as the late King of Pop was honored with a series of dance ensembles set to his music on Tuesday night’s Dancing With The Stars.
“To emulate the greatest dancer [of all time] is a big challenge, and they did an incredible job of it,” Jermaine Jackson told RadarOnline.com‘s Tina Malave of the dance numbers, set to his brother’s smash hits Thriller and Man In The Mirror.
Along with Jermaine, Michael Jackson’s mother Katherine and sister LaToya were spotted in the audience; absent from the festivities were the Thriller singer’s three children, as well as sister Janet and father Joe.
Backstage at Tuesday’s episode of Dancing With The Stars, RadarOnline.com caught up with the dancers and celebrities following the memorable episode, getting their thoughts on Jackson, who died after suffering a sudden cardiac arrest June 25 in Los Angeles.
Dancer Mark Ballas said he couldn’t remember a day in his life he went without listening to a Michael Jackson song, and admitted he “cried like a 3-year-old” upon hearing word of the singer’s death.
Mya, who called Jackson a “legend” and “phenomenon,” told RadarOnline.com: “It’s an honor to be a part of [the tribute].”
Dancing With The Stars airs Monday at 8/7c and Tuesday at 9/8c on ABC.