American Idol 8’s Michael Jackson performance episode will be rebroadcast Monday

Following Michael Jackson’s death today, Fox will rebroadcast the two-hour Michael Jackson-themed American Idol top 13’s performance episode on Monday night at 8 p.m. ET. That’s Fox’s first-ever repeat of an Idol episode. And while Michael Jackson was long rumored to appear on the singing competition, he never did.

At the end of So You Think You Can Dance, Cat Deely announced the rebroadcast, saying that “in the light of today’s news, I have a very important announcement. In the eight year history of American Idol, Fox has never rebroadcast an episode But, on Monday, at 8/7 Central, you’ll get another opportunity to see this year’s top 13 Michael Jackson special.”

The episode aired March 10 and during the results episode, the new judges’ veto twist was revealed. Both Jasmine Murray and Jorge Nunez went home following their performances. Here’s the Michael Jackson song that each finalist performed, according to the show’s official web site, all of which were by Michael Jackson except Jasmine’s Jackson 5 selection:

Kris Allen: “Remember The Time”
Adam Lambert: “Black Or White”
Allison Iraheta: “Give In To Me”
Danny Gokey: “P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)”
Matt Giraud: “Human Nature”
Anoop Desai: “Beat It”
Lil Rounds: “The Way You Make Me Feel”
Scott MacIntyre: “Keep The Faith”
Megan Joy: “Rockin’ Robin”
Michael Sarver: “You Are Not Alone”
Alexis Grace: “Dirty Diana”
Jorge Nunez: “Never Can Say Goodbye”
Jasmine Murray: “I’ll Be There” by Jackson 5

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