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- Posted on Oct 9th 2009 7:34AM by Stephen Dowling
Connick Jr., however, then had to sit through a performance by Jackson 5 tribute Jackson Jive, featuring a quintet of Aussie blokes wearing afro wigs and a Michael Jackson impersonator too -- and blacked up to complete the look.
The singer and actor couldn't hide his distaste. When fellow judge Red Symons banged the Red Faces slot's gong -- signal for hapless performers to stop -- the American musician left the performers in no doubt as to how he felt, after giving them zero out of 10.
He told the Channel 9's show host Daryl Somers: "Man, if they turned up looking like that in the United States then hey hey, there's no more show."
After an ad break, Somers chatted with Connick Jr., apologising if the show had caused any offence.
Connick Jr. said: "We have spent so much time trying to not make black people look like buffoons that when we see stuff like that we take it really to heart."
He added: "If I knew that was going to be a part of the show... I definitely wouldn't have done it."
Dr Anand Deva, the plastic surgeon who played Michael Jackson in the skit, said the group hadn't meant to cause any offence and that Connick Jr. had taken it the wrong way.
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