Michael Jackson’s Backing Singer Judith Hill On Her ‘This Is It’ Memories
First Published: November 4, 2009 8:50 PM EST Credit: Access Hollywood
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Judith Hill stood out as she performed “Heal The World” at Michael Jackson’s memorial back in July. And she’s standing out again – this time dueting with the late King of Pop in the movie, “This Is It,” which has already taken in $125 million worldwide.
Now, in a new interview with Access Hollywood’s Billy Bush, she shared memories of the magical time she was able to spend with Michael.
“The pivotal moment I guess in the movie for you is your duet with Michael. Do you remember that day vividly and what the rehearsal was like?” Billy asked.
“Yes. That was actually the first time we actually performed that duet and Michael came in,” Judith said.
The pretty singer, a member of what would have been Michael’s big “This Is It” comeback shows in London in July 2009, revealed that the moment, was “magical.
“It was the first time and I was like, ‘OK.’ [I] had no idea what to expect, because no one had staged us, nothing was discussed so it was like, ‘OK, let’s just go for it.’ And Michael came in and we sang that and [as] you see in the film, he just went with it; he went hard. It was a very magical moment for me.”
“How crushing is it to you that, that first little taste is all you’ll ever have?” Billy asked.
“It’s not crushing,” Judith said. “It’s a treasure for me to have that experience. I felt truly honored.
“It’s crushing to see the film and realize he is not here with us anymore,” Judith continued. “[In the film] you see how much fun he was having, how much fun we were having, how awesome he was and how excited he was to do it and it really is a shame.”
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