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'Idol' Reject Yoji Pop -- I CAN Dance Like MJ!

1/20/2011 12:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Years before the "American Idol" judges kicked him to the curb last night ...Yoji "Pop" Asano was impersonating Michael Jackson back home in Japan ... and he wasn't that bad!

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TMZ obtained footage of Yoji busting out the moves to MJ's "Dangerous" in Osaka back in 2008.

As for last night -- Yoji tells us he's pissed about the way he was portrayed ... or not ... we really had a hard time understanding what he was trying to say on the phone.


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HarlotO'Hara    

he was pathetic and that's putting it nice.

1289 days ago
2.

Truth    

HERE'S A CLUE... PAST PERFORMANCE DOES NOT DETERMINE FUTURE PERFORMANCES --- BEHAVIOR TOO!! NEXT.

1289 days ago
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maney    

He was REALLY bad on Idol..

1289 days ago
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Criss    

Ew

1289 days ago
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Shadow    

If any of you white folks got that beat in ur blood,as this guy obviously has,,,feel free to step forward!Come on...gather round!!!Needless to say I am european .

1289 days ago
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foryourinformation     

well if you ask me im glad what they did on AI last night when they showed him, i don't thank i could sat there through the whole thing. but really tmz why did THIS guy was not this only mj fan that got booted i saw a lot of other guys that were wearing gloves and stuff who didn't make it though

but anyways Yoji "Pop" Asano, this is was a singing compaction not a dancing one, sorry but you were on the wrong show. maybe you should try out for SO YOU THANK YOU CAN DANCE

1289 days ago
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Jason    

I watched idol last night. He had no personality and couldn't sing. But it was exceedingly clear that he could dance.

1289 days ago
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KURT_c    

RACISM aside..there are a lot of AMERICANS who think they will be the next idol.But I guess not. What on earth are the parents of this kids thinking to allow them to show what they haven't got? Help me understand puhleez!

1289 days ago
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Em    

Actually the boy's not bad. Unfortunately his moves LOOK like they were choreographed whereas Michael's moves just kinda flowed, so natural you'd never guess they'd been planned. People will always copy and they'll get close, but MJ's natural movement and years of hard practice will never be replaced.

1289 days ago
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mj fan forever    

NO ONE in the WHOLE world can dance like Michael Jackson!!!! There can be many impersonators, shoddy like him or more good but NOT like Michael Jackson OF COURSE!!!! ONLY Michael Jackson CAN be like Michael Jackson!!!!! He is UNIQUE!!! His GENIUS is RESOLUTELY UNIQUE as ALWAYS is going to be!!!!!!

1289 days ago
11.

mary    

MICHAEL JACKSON WAS THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
NO ONE LIKE MICHAEL JACKSON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1289 days ago
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lindsey    

I was reallly excited to see this guy cause I'm a huge MJ fan and thought he would dance and sing MJ music. Not only did he NOT sing MJ, but he couldn't even sing well. His dance moves were pretty good, but it was really disapointing. :l

1289 days ago
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jmak10    

Yes he was horrible and a complete waste of time. I am glad he didn't make it to the next round.
Remember folks it NOT a DANCE Competition, it's a singing competition.

1289 days ago
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Straight Talkin Texan    

His dancing is okay, but kinda boring. And he's definitely not as good as MJ. MJ's dancing never bored me.

1289 days ago
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