Shaheen talks about his Michael Jackson tribute nerves

Shaheen Jafargholi Michael Jackson’s memorial

Shaheen Jafargholi Michael Jackson’s memorial

Shaheen Jafargholi has spoken for the first time about performing in front of a billion people at the Michael Jackson memorial service.

He admitted that appearing on the stage before a star-studded audience in Los Angeles’ Staples Center left him with more than a few nerves – but as soon as he began to perform they just melted away.

“I was a little bit nervous just before I went on stage – I think anyone would have been,” he said.

“When I opened my mouth to sing I was fine. When I sing I go into a totally different world – I feel invincible.

“It wasn’t until I’d finished that I realised what I’d just done.”

Shaheen was asked by the pop star’s family to sing the Jackson 5 hit Who’s Lovin’ You, he took centre stage in front of the crowded 18,000-seater stadium.

Shaheen recived a standing ovation for his moving rendition of the song that made him famous.

“Michael Jackson’s coffin was in front of me and I felt quite sad,” he said.

“I’d never met Michael, but I was going to perform at his concerts at London’s O2 arena. I thought, ‘I got so close, now I’m even closer – and he’s gone’.

“It was great to be able to stand there and sing his song knowing that, at least before he died, he knew who I was and knew I was a fan. When I said I loved him, it really was from my heart.”

After the service with was on 7th July, Shaheen and his mother attended a reception at LA’s very plush Beverly Wiltshire hotel.

He said: “It was weird how everybody was coming up to me and saying, ‘well done’. Janet Jackson shook my hand and thanked me. “I was thinking, ‘I should be thanking you for giving me this opportunity to be here and say goodbye to Michael Jackson’.

“I just felt so sorry for all of them – they’d not just lost a musical legend, they’d lost a family member too.”

Shaheen was  tipped him for the top on Britain’s Got Talent by music mogul Simon Cowell.

Since then he has won a gained lots of celebrity fans including Demi Moore, Ashton Kutcher and even his idol – Jennifer Hudson.

Shaheen’s experience was completed when he bumped into the Oscar-winner in Los Angeles.

“I was talking to her after the show, and she said, ‘I want a picture with you’. I thought, ‘Jennifer Hudson, my idol, wants a picture with me?’.

“But I’m not allowed to put it on my wall, because my mum has just painted my bedroom.”