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Janet Jackson to replace Michael in Jackson 5 reunion tour

on February 24, 2010, 11:30am

When Michael Jackson died in June 2009, the pop world was left without one of its legends. And then, in an attempt to appease a hungry world audience (and maybe stroke their own egos), the remaining Jackson 5 members (Tito, Jackie, Jermaine, and Marlon) decided to get the band back together more hastily then they had been planning over the course of some two years. Now, the foursome will get their fifth player when the equally talented Janet Jackson steps into Michael’s single rhinestone glove.

During a recent promotional tour of Australia, Jermaine Jackson revealed that the youngest Jackson sibling had already agreed to take part in the as-yet-detail-less 2010 tour, Stuff.co.nz and Canoe.ca report.

“Janet will be joining us. We’re all talking about it now. She has never played with us before so that will be very special. She definitely wants to do it,” Jermaine said to reporters. “We had a conference call and Janet has agreed to join us on tour.”

Aside from Janet’s inclusion, the only only hint that Jermain offered regarding the tour was that the group may have access to the same stage Michael Jackson had been using in preparations of his “This Is It” comeback tour. While Michael Jackson admittedly was not keen on the idea of planning two world tours, Janet Jackson told AceShowBiz.com in 2008 that the then-stalled tour would have quite an impact. Maybe she’s wanted to do this longer than we thought?

“I know it’s been kind of tough for Mike,” Jackson said. “Maybe he just wants to continue to be a solo artist and if that’s what he wants, you have to respect his wishes. But what an impact it (a reunion) would have on the world. (I’d) be the first in line to buy a ticket.”

We’ll have more details on the reunion tour as they’re announced.