Michael Jackson was a singular, beloved entertainer, whose numerous albums, unforgettable shows, and love for the dramatic made him the “King of Pop,” both in the United States and worldwide. From a child in the Jackson 5 to his own skyrocket of a career, Jackson was known for his interesting vocalizations, moving songs, and dazzling dance moves during his live shows.
So it was a loss to the music world when Jackson passed away in the summer of 2009, right as he was set to embark on a comeback world tour. Hundreds of thousands mourned the late entertainer, and no one has managed to take his place as the rightful king of music. There remains to this day a hole in the music industry where the legend that was Michael Jackson once stood.
But now, it seems, that the legend has come alive once again in the form of the world’s greatest Michael Jackson impersonator, Sergio Cortes. Born and raised in Barcelona, Spain, and currently residing in Brasil, Cortes has been impersonating Jackson for decades, only coming to prominence after the musician’s death.
In 2012, Cortes began performing live and on the web to the delight of Michael Jackson fans, who were blown away with the physical resemblance the two men share. Indeed, Cortes has been studying Jackson since he was a child, mirroring the famed dancer and singer so closely that it is difficult for even those who knew Jackson to tell them apart when looking at them on a screen.
For 44 year-old Cortes, it is a dream come true to imitate, with great success, Michael Jackson. As fans grew aware of his performances, Cortes took to social media and video sharing sites to allow his fans better access to his performances. He is especially loved in Central and South America, where the adoration for Cortes nearly equals the adoration for Jackson, and he consistently performs tribute shows in and around the continent.
Now, for the first time ever, Sergio Cortes and his band will perform “Human Nature Live,” a tribute show featuring Michael Jackson’s biggest hits, live for one in December in Padova, Italy, giving his European fans a chance to watch him in action up close. Another show date has been added to the calendar, indicating that Cortes and his crew will recapture the magic of Michael Jackson one more time in early January in Milano, Italy.
Those who know and love Michael Jackson’s work are thrilled with Cortes, who has taken his imitation of Jackson to new heights, perfectly mimicking his voice, his moves, and now, the brilliance of his live shows. And as Jackson was particularly fond of his imitators, it would suffice to say he would be proud of Cortes and his work.