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Chinese granny kicks it Michael Jackson-style

At auditions for China's Got Talent earlier this month, 65-year-old Bai Shuying showed off her Michael Jackson moves.
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The shadow of a Michael Jackson impersonator from China is cast as he performs for thousands of fans gathered outside the Saga Cinema in Beijing on October 27, 2009. (Stringer/AFP/Getty Images)

Michael Jackson's dance moves have been described as "eye-popping." But whoever said that hadn't had the pleasure of seeing Bai Shuying do her thang.

This Chinese granny has created a viral sensation by showing off her Michael Jackson moves during the first round of auditions for the TV show "China's Got Talent" earlier this month.

Sixty-five-year-old Bai Shuying, from Beijing, had the judges laughing (with her, mostly) as she came on stage, snapping her fingers to "Beat It" and channeling the King of Pop.

Her version of Michael Jackson was complete with bright white socks visible between the hem of her pants and the top of her shoes, reports TV Guide

The judges, bless them, advanced her to the next round.

Michael Jackson has always been big in China. Mainly, analysts say, because he is associated with the country’s opening and economic reform, which kicked into gear in the 1980s, the height of the gloved one's popularity.

If anything, Michael Jackson's death in June 2009, catapulted him into even greater fame in China. By October of that same year, his Chinese fan club had doubled its membership to almost 80,000.

Watch Bai Shuying keeping the moonwalk alive. Stay tuned to at least the minute mark, that's when the real fun begins:

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