Celebrity impersonators are entertainers who strive to imitate a celebrity in every possible way to delight their fans. Some impersonators are a novelty. They sometimes fill a need—there is sometimes just as much of a demand for a celebrity even after he or she has died. Perhaps the latter type of impersonator is best personified by one of the most famous—and certainly the most accurate—Michael Jackson impersonator in the world.
Sergio Cortes was born in Barcelona, Spain in 1971. He started his career as a teen but was relatively unknown until he performed a tribute in Madrid in 2012. He now has many fans, especially in South America. Brazilians are particularly fond of Cortes’ performances.
There is perhaps no other celebrity impersonator who is so dead-on accurate in the portrayal of the celebrity which he honors. Sergio Cortes has performed nearly every Michael Jackson song—complete with spot-on choreography—for his amazed fans. He has also recognized and filled the demand for videos, including the iconic and still-popular masterpieces “Thriller” and “Smooth Criminal.”
To be successful, an impersonator must have more than a similar appearance to the celebrity that he impersonates. He must nail the performances, something for which Sergio Cortes is well known. A look at his promotional photographs shows that he has even found a way to mimic Michael Jackson’s progressively lightening skin tone (due to Jackson’s rare skin disease, known as vitiligo, which causes progressive depigmentation of the skin). His vocal nuances closely mimic Jackson’s as well. The choreography involved in Cortes’ performances have been hailed as nearly identical to that of the deceased King of Pop. Many people who have seen both Cortes and Michael Jackson perform have said that they could hardly tell any differences between the two.
For all of the talk of how well Cortes impersonates Jackson, many wonder how he took his obsession with the superstar all the way to a successful career. Sergio Cortes was noticed as a very convincing Jackson look-alike by a journalist on the street one day. It was a slow news day so the reporter asked if he could take a picture to run in a newspaper. Cortes agreed and a talent scout recognized the potential when he saw the picture and asked Cortes if he would be interested in performing a few shows. He agreed and the rest, as they say, is history.