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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!

Yoji Pop Asano Video
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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16.

Shirley    


The American Idol need Simon to return. it's not the same
Pleas get himm to return.

1280 days ago
17.

MJ is the Greatest of all    

WHAT THE HELL IS THIS GUY DOING KARATE???????????????????????????????????????????

HIS MJ DANCING IS HORRIFYING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! TOO FAST, STIFF AND TOO ROBOTIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WHAT A JOKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1280 days ago
18.

MikeD    

Eh... pffft

1280 days ago
19.

en Todo Momento!!    

dd-dDang!! well if michael jackson died, he sure is living on in this fella, cuz that was frickin awesome!! dude moves just like michael!

1280 days ago
20.

Pegasus    

Personally speaking - I thought that he was terrible! And as someone else already stated - his movements were too stiff. Michael was extremely limber and agile, balanced and coordinated, etc. There will be many who will try to do Michael's dance moves, some will actually be okay - but the truth is - No One will ever be another Michael! Michael was the creator, and he alone perfected it. Besides which, there will Never Ever Be Anyone who has the body or the looks that Michael possessed while doing the dance moves. Michael Was The Total Package!! Inside & Outside

1280 days ago
21.

TexasAnn    

I thought this was American Idol. Why do they allow contestants from other countries? Don't they have Japan Idol and Albania Idol?

1280 days ago
22.

SuzieQ    

@ 27 that's what I was thinking too. This is American Idol, I can understand them having people on who's parents are immigrants but they were born in the US or even having someone on who at least has lived here for a really long time. But Yoji Pop is straight from Japan and they have their own singing competition shows. It's like letting someone from Germany compete for Miss America. Other than that I thought he did a pretty good job impersonating MJ's dancing, def not singing though

1280 days ago
23.

Joao    

I guess you can call that dancing, but it would help if he could only find the beat and stick to it.

1280 days ago
24.

Emiko    

Quit hating you guys! Theres no reson for it! How many of you are taking steps towards your dream or actually doing what you love? Yoji writes great songs and is a great dancer. I wish he sang one of his own songs but oh well :D.
Besides...How many of you guys can dance...Really..?
And another thing why are people mentioning race...Who cares??

I love Yoji and no one will break his dreams!
So quit the trash talk its not impressive at all and sad. :3
Great job to everyone who was on the show <3

go to youtube and check out his song " The Power" its lovely.

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1280 days ago
25.

Emiko    

Quit hating you guys! Theres no reson for it! How many of you are taking steps towards your dream or actually doing what you love? Yoji writes great songs and is a great dancer. Sure maybe he didnt choose the right song for an audition but that means nothing cuz tere were other ppl who go to sing 2 songs (and still blew it) and somehow got through. Besides...How many of you guys can dance...Really..?
And another thing why are people mentioning race...Who cares??

I love Yoji and no one will break his dreams!
So quit the trash talk its not impressive at all and sad. :3

go to youtube and check out his song " The Power" its lovely.

1280 days ago
26.

Ani    

@Dr Hardwicke you're a moron.

1280 days ago
27.

Ani    

God, you racists on here are f*&king stupid.

1280 days ago
28.

sam    

its called AMERICAN idol. not trying to be racist, it was actually very comical.

1280 days ago
29.

Linda Angel    

I am sorry he is not MJ. He can not make the moves as MJ, he's doesn't have the coolness, the pressents of the way MJ moves, and the way MJ moves when you see it you feel it.

1280 days ago
30.

Ani    

"its called AMERICAN idol. not trying to be racist, it was actually very comical."

ummm....
@sam You are aware that AMERICAN CITIZENS cam be of various ethnicity?

1279 days ago
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