Entertainment | August 2009
|Michael Jackson's Mexico Fans to Attempt World Record for Size of Crowd Dancing to `Thriller'|
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August 19, 2009
Mexico City — Led by a Michael Jackson impersonator in sunglasses, a sequined black jacket and white glove, dozens of the singer's Mexican fans are practicing the steps in his "Thriller" video to attempt a new world record.
|A Michael Jackson impersonator, who goes by the name of "Hector Jackson," leads a group of dancers during a rehearsal for an upcoming homage to Jackson in Mexico City Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2009. In background, the Mexican Palace of Fine Arts. (AP/Gregory Bull)|
The organizer, Carlos Contreras, says more than 10,000 people have signed up to take part in the dance routine Aug. 29, which would have been Jackson's 51st birthday. A group of about 50 showed up for practice Tuesday.
The Guinness Book of World Records says the most people to dance to "Thriller" simultaneously in one place is held by a group of 242 College of William & Mary students who performed the routine in May.
The previous record was 147 people at an event held in 2008 at a British secondary school.