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WAS MICHAEL LIP-SYNCING IN THIS IS IT???

This article talks about singers who lip-sync during concerts. It says Michael even did it in This Is It. It didn't look like he was lip-synching to me. What do you all think?

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i don't think that Michael Jackson actually lip synced in this is it but what we seen in the movie is not the live voice of Michael Jackson. from what i can tell the songs that were his real voice was wanna be starting something, human nature, the beginning of the way you make me feel, the Jackson 5 medley, and the last few seconds of man in the mirror and the last min or so of billie jean. every other song was covered by a track. i originally thought that earth song was sang live but i just realized that like billie jean the demo was used over the movie. Earth song was originally written for the dangerous album and was called what about us. it is the exact same as this is it. not taking away from the movie it was still great just wish they would have used the original sound in the movie.

He was during thriller, and possibly Billie Jean, but it could also be the case that the editors who made the film dubbed over Jackson's voice, the Billie Jean part in tii sound exactly like the home demo of Billie Jean

It really doesn't matter. ♥ Michael was an amazing, talented performer. He danced, sang his best, evertime. Unmatched. Smiling

I think he did on the HiStory Tour abit, but that dosen't matter. Because it's not like he faked his dancing, that was one of the greatest things i love when i watch MJ. He is so smooth and he was in his 40's (I think) when he did the 30th anniversary, and i couldn't believe how well he was performing. It was like watching Motown 25 all over again!!!!!! Laughing out loud
He was a true entertainer.

Whatever it is, I f*cking love his live concerts. My chest starts hurting when I see his concerts because I am swelling with so much awe and happiness inside. Every time he shouts "I Love You" my heart skips a couple of beats. I am pretty sure I would have fainted in the real concert. He is an amazing performer. Just look at the records he has broken. Plus if you do a little research, you must know that his Dangerous tour was stopped because he reported of ill health and needed hospitalization (He was about to come to Delhi, India but couldn't Sad ).. I mean imagine the energy and compassion that had this man going just so he could give us the best shows and working hard for "Heal the World" foundation, despite his health was faltering during the tour (Even a vocal chord ailment was reported plus he underwent a surgery as well). Really doesn't matter whether he lip synced he gave the best shows on this planet.

Zackary - You are making me even more sad that I never got to see Michael in concert! Sad
He was so amazing.!!!!!

Zackary - that is absolutely true.... you must know a thing or two about performing.... it is very difficult to sing and breathe and perform those difficult dance routines and still do it with precision and perfection!!!! Michael knew this and he was the Best performer ever!!!

He sang 95 percent live. Thriller wasn't live but then again it never was after the Bad tour because he didn't like the way it sounded live. But does that really matter? It's such a theatrical song, with costume changes, zombies, massive spiders, 3d back drops, complex dance routines etc that it would take away from the spectacle to try and sing live.

They make it sound like a bad thing, his voice in that film was amazing...!!!

Michael had no choice but to lip synch during certain numbers.

Unlike Prince, MJ sang and danced at the same time.

If you watch Prince, he sings, then does his little dance and goes back to singing....

What Michael does is much more difficult, and in complex dance routines such as SMOOTH CRIMINAL... it is not possible to balance the breathing for singing and dancing.... he has no
choice, but to lip synch...

I saw MJ on the HISTORY tour and yes, he lip-synched some of the show, but nobody cared....

Concerts are about spectacles, and the audience and myself couldn't have cared less if MJ lip synched a few songs..... he simply put on the greatest show on earth....

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i am not trying to be mean or anything but does it matter whether he did or not? who are we to discuss about michael? its all because of those people that are so mean to him that makes him dependant on drugs. but michael was the king of pop. its really hard to dance while having to sync with the backup dancers and sing at the same time. i dont think michael jackson lip synced in much of this is it though. it was an awesome film! =)

even though michael lip-sunc his concerts i think he actually sang his songs during rehearsals because he would sometimes just stop and his voice woul stop too. but i did read to make the TII sound quality better for the movie they put in michaels voice from his albums. so idk if michael could still sing in 2009

Hey guys
what are you talking about? It doesnt matter, if he was lip-sync or not. He sounds every time great and looks great too. Thats all. And why do you discuss such things about him? It is like the tabloids and rumours all the time. You talk about our Michael. And remember him, like he was, a human being....Sorry but thats my opinion.

And by the way, you should try to dance, sing and run the same time and try to sing all the time live. I think, no one can do this the same time. There are huge singers out there and they all didnt sing every time life. You know?

Hey guys
what are you talking about? It doesnt matter, if he was lip-sync or not. He sounds every time great and looks great too. Thats all. And why do you discuss such things about him? It is like the tabloids and rumours all the time. You talk about our Michael. And remember him, like he was, a human being....Sorry but thats my opinion.

And by the way, you should try to dance, sing and run the same time and try to sing all the time live. I think, no one can do this the same time. There are huge singers out there and they all didnt sing every time life. You know?

Hey guys
what are you talking about? It doesnt matter, if he was lip-sync or not. He sounds every time great and looks great too. Thats all. And why do you discuss such things about him? It is like the tabloids and rumours all the time. You talk about our Michael. And remember him, like he was, a human being....Sorry but thats my opinion.

And by the way, you should try to dance, sing and run the same time and try to sing all the time live. I think, no one can do this the same time. There are huge singers out there and they all didnt sing every time life. You know?

Why so angry?? Of course there are a lot of artist lip-synching, did anyone say the opposite?

I think he sometimes did and never blame him - Just try jump dance run and sing in the same time.

Who cares???? Everyone does anyways! In performers perspective, they need to move around and dance. So it's hard to sing live. You know? So who cares. If Michael did, who cares? He's still a great performer in my mind!

Why are they so concerned about this?? They need to worry about putting his killer behind bars

Timotei: Thank you for posting such a detailed reply!

I´m so sad I was too young during his Bad tour, that seems to be his best tour ever. I did get to see Dangerous tour though, which was an amazing experience so actually I shouldn´t complain Smiling

He did less lip-synching in This Is It than he'd done in a while. I've seen his major tours more times than I can count, and here's what I can tell you:

Bad Tour:
All live.

Dangerous Tour:
Jam: Lip-synching
Wanna Be Startin' Somethin': Live
Human Nature: Live
Smooth Criminal: Lip-synching
I Just Can't Stop Loving You: Live
She's Out Of My Life: Live
Jackson Five Medley: Live
Thriller: Lip-synching
Billie Jean: Live
Black or White: Lip-synching
Workin' Day and Night: Live
Beat It: Live
Heal The World: Lip-synching
Man in the Mirror: Starts out lip-synched, segues to live.

HIStory Tour:
All lip-synched except Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' and a couple of other odd parts. This was his worst tour in my opinion but you have to remember he had laryngitis for much of it, and it showed in his voice.

This Is It:
Wanna Be Startin' Somethin': Live
Jam: Lip-synching
They Don't Care About Us: Lip-synching
Human Nature: Live (and amazing...)
Smooth Criminal: Both (first verse is lip-synched, rest is live)
The Way You Make Me Feel: Both (a capella is live, with music is pre-recorded)
Jackson Five Medley: Live
I Just Can't Stop Loving You: Live
Thriller: Lip-synching
Beat It: Live
Black or White: Live
Earth Song: Live
Billie Jean: Live
Man in the Mirror: Live

You can tell when he's lip-synching because he fiddles with his mic, attempts to mask his mouth as far as possible, and makes exaggerated mouth movements. Also when the mic cuts in for him to play the crowd you can usually hear him whispering. When his voice was on point he generally only did it during songs with difficult dance routines where he has to dance in sync with back-up dancers like Thriller, Smooth Criminal, Jam.

Even as a rehearsal movie, This Is It blows his last 15 years of live performances out of the water. And it is a little disappointing that Michael Jackson did lip-sync at times, but it's perfectly justifiable: his dance routines are more intricate and complicated than any other pop performer (let alone singer-songwriter performers). Also the enormous range of his voice in studio would be hard to replicate while out of breath on stage (remember the autopsy found he had chronic inflamed lungs), and as a perfectionist he'd want the most impressive overall performance. Who knows if he would have sung live during the finished concert as much as he did in the rehearsals, but it looked like he was ready to top his previous tours and make an amazing comeback, and the film shows that he was still an incredible performer.

I personally thought he was actually singing most of the songs in TII - more than he was lip sincing. How about Human Nature and "I just can't stop loving you." That seemed real to me. I'm sure there were a few songs (like Thriller) where he had so just so he wouldn't be out of breath. In fact, when I left the theater for the first time I remember saying to myself "I'm glad he actually sang most of the songs, that was beautiful."
In the Dangerous concert it also seemed like he was singing a lot too. He was so out of breath for Billie Jean, Beat It and Black or White during the Bucharest concert. I just assumed he was definitely singing those. And, I think he wasnt' singing for "Will you be there." However, it doesn't matter. He's still AMAZING!

That's true Mjtruelove: just think about this...why don't we hear the girls screaming that are on stage with him? Cause his mike is off. Man...I loved that song live, just cause there was a girl there who had her dream come true. It was like getting mine through her, I was always so happy for them.

i read somewhere, it was while ago, it says that MJ never did a whole lip sync in his concerts as some rumors said so. He did lip sync for some songs only,when it required lots of dancing and body movements. This is quoted from his dancers and others who worked with him in the past. MJ never liked to lip sync for entire show, he worked all his best to entertain his fans. He gave his soul to his work.When he did History tour, the obvious lip sync is song you are not alone.
Don't forget in TII movie, it is rehearsal footage, not real live show. I saw lots of his vids back during his bad, dangerous rehearsals, he didn't sing all those songs, he focused more to dance, and body movements. But when it's the real show, live performance, I believe he sang most of them.
Anyway, Mj dances are tough compared to others, he is the best! so if he couldn't do both sing and dance, I'd complain! cos his dance speak itself! no one beats MJ!

What I wanted to add... When Michael was 'lip-singing', I think he mic was off... I think he really sang together with the music... many artist do it that way, so that way it seems real.
He's a master in playback... because it's hard to tell... and also because he sings so perfectly live. Earth song in TII, it sounded just like on the album, but it was live. He's a master!!

Tifer: Yes everything was live on the Bad Tour. What a great concert...

On the HIStory tour you could see him breathing in when singing and the HIStory Tour in where I thought he did it the most. But to me it doesn't matter. Still a great show...

When he does Thriller in TII, it's the young Michael from the album that you hear. It's very clear...

Okay don't kick me for this, since most people seem very keen on not hearing or admitting he did this. But Michael did it. And I don't mind it at all, but he most definitely did lipsync.
He did it during the dangeroustour, which you can see on the dvd. He did it even more during History. Which I didn't know when I was there, I was just focusing on him and didn't notice anything. Until I saw the footage again and realized he can't sing through a mask and so on, and still sound exactly like on the album.
It was very well known in those days that michael did it, usually when he would use his headmike, instead of the one he holds in his hand, he would lipsync at least parts of the song.
He has done it in live performances for awardshows and so on, look back at some tv-performances like Dangerous, which is the one that one of you mentioned, right?.
In TII he is doing it too. You can see his mouth not moving to what he's singing, and you can hear the voice being exactly the same as on the album. It's just very small parts that he does it in. But who cares? He even admitted he was saving his voice and focussing on the dancing in some parts.
Personally I loved him singing live, I think his voice is amazing. But he was getting older and still doing very intense dancing. Why wouldn't he do this?
Is it a bad thing to be honest about this? I don't think so. It's what happened and it doesn't make him less of an artist. Nobody could do what he did and do it all live. If the best can't do it...why feel bad about it?

You know if Michael did lip sync in his concerts, I will say he is the BEST actor! Cos, if you dont sing the words, you can't give out the expressions and movements as he did. When you sing it, you can express, but for one to lip sync and do those expressions and movements with it, it does take a good actor to make it so real.

I didn;t think he was... would Kenny and the everyone else want a possible negative reaction to it, if they put him lipsynching up there...

well either way, everyone lipsynchs at one point. its definately not a problem when artists have dances to do... but when its done all the time and when there is no big production, thats when its annoying! MJ had a lot of dancing so he is 'allowed' to mime.