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The Jacksons: Fans beg 3T to not succumb to pressure

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On The Jacksons, 3T continues to question their musical future

On Friday's episode of The Jacksons, 3T is feeling the pressure of performing in Holland after not being on stage for about nine months. To make matters worse, it's the anniversary of their uncle's death, and emotions are running high.

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On The Jacksons, 3T continues to question their musical future
Image: Lifetime

It could not be a more inopportune time for 3T to have their first show in nine months. They have not had time to practice, given all they've been dealing with this season (people claiming to be related to them, various Kardashians hanging around) and the overwhelming feeling that they haven't been putting as much time and energy into their music as they could be. It was also the anniversary of Michael Jackson's death, and the group is feeling super vulnerable and disorganized. Taj was worried about the lack of preparation, as well as the potential for his voice to crack, and TJ was anxious about forgetting lyrics, and their family legacy was another stressor to contend with. The show's fans, however, had no doubt that their favorite band would deliver, and cheered them on on Twitter as they performed.

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In spite of fan enthusiasm, 3T was deeply critical of their own effort, which is nothing new if you've been following the show. If there's been any theme this season, it's the pressure the Jacksons feel as a result of their legacy. The answer to the question of whether or not they can work as hard as the other musical members of their family, and if they can find the time to get better, is what will determine if 3T continues.

With the first season of the show almost over (the finale is November 6), it's possible that viewers will be left dangling -- will 3T fold? Will there be a season two of the show? Twitter fans know what they want, and they're not shy about letting TJ, Taj, and Taryll know it.

Of course, it might be time for 3T to break up, given the unstable nature of their lives. Maybe the time for them to make music together has ended. At the end of Friday's episode, the brothers paid a visit to their uncle's memorial. The visit thawed some of the tension between them as they reflected on Michael's impact on their lives. Taryll reflected that "People see Michael Jackson, but I see a friend, I see an uncle, and I see a family member." But it's clear that they also see a formidable musical force, and a legacy that they feel pressured to live up to.

On The Jacksons, 3T continues to question their musical future
Image: Lifetime

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What did you think of 3T's performance? Would Michael Jackson have been proud? Are you hoping for a second season of The Jacksons?

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