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WALKO JACKO; Jeered star ambles off stage.

Byline: By TOM BRYANT

IT was meant to be Wacko Jacko's glorious comeback but it turned into a total fiasco.

Jackson, 48, was just four lines into his charity song We Are The World when his voice began to crack and falter.

Looking bemused, he stopped singing and started rambling to the stunned audience at the World Music Awards last night: "I love you, I love you."

Jacko's fans - who had been looking forward to his first UK performance for nine years - began to boo and stamp their feet. The shaken star shuffled off stage as the din increased.

One onlooker said: "This was supposed to be the great return of the King of Pop but it ended up a shambles.

"He must have performed to bigger crowds than that thousands of times but he seemed overawed and petrified.

"When he stopped singing no one could understand why. But when he started rambling a lot of people lost their patience with him. That's when the booing started and got louder and louder until he left the stage."

Jacko - who was on stage with a children's choir - had earlier picked up a Diamond Award for selling more than 100 million albums in his career.

But his farcical performance, which cost pounds 250,000, left the show's organisers angry and embarrassed after they had spent over an hour convincing him to go on stage.

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tom.bryant@mirror.co.uk

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