Speculation is mounting that the appearance of Michael Jackson at the World Music Awards in London on 15 November, will in fact never happen.
Jackson has said that he wants to do a live recreation of the graveyard scene from "Thriller" to finish the show. Some are now unkindly referring to the awards as "The Freak Show".
One tabloid has said of Jackson:
"He looks dreadful and hasn't performed for years, I fear it's going to be a humiliating freak show which he will regret."
The smart money is on Jackson pulling out before the show, citing "dehydration".