London, England (BANG) – Michael Jackson is using 300,000 Swarovski crystals in his comeback shows. The “Thriller” singer – whose 50-night “This Is It” residency at London’s O2 arena begins next month – will have over $1.7 million worth of the gems in 53 shapes, 40 sizes and 27 colors, added onto his costumes and the stage set to dazzle fans.
Nadja Swarovski, Vice President of Swarovski Crystal Business, commented: “As the King of Pop it is only natural for him to be crowned in crystal.”
Choreographer Kenny Ortega – who is working with the 50-year-old star to put together the shows – said the partnership with the jewelry firm had “inspired our fashion and scenic elements to a new state of the art.”
Meanwhile, fans who registered for a ticket lottery on the ‘Beat It’ star’s website have another chance to see the singer as extra tickets have been made available.
President of AEG Live Randy Phillips said: “Since we originally put tickets on sale prior to designing the stage show, we were quite conservative with the arena seating in order to accommodate the size of this technologically advanced production.”
“Now that Michael and Kenny are very advanced in the creative process we are able to offer more tickets to the general public.”