Michael Jackson impersonator Sergio Cortes is one of the best in the business. Since the King of Pop died in 2009, there has been a slew of wannabe’s popping out of the woodwork. Most of the individuals who attempt to duplicate Jackson’s moves, singing style and charisma fail miserably. But with Cortes, he has everything almost down pat. The Brazilian-born impersonator has always been a huge Jackson fan. What better way to make a buck than doing something you love?
Cortes started mimicking Jackson’s moves many years ago when he was still a part of the Jackson 5. While watching the group on Soul Train and American Band Stand, he would practice over and over again until he got the moves down. Cortes started in the 1980s as a Michael Jackson impersonator. He made a good deal of money working birthday parties, weddings and even corporate functions. He always received positive reviews for his performance. He even got the opportunity to meet Jackson a few years before he died.
The price of emulating Michael Jackson isn’t cheap, according to Cortes. He has spent thousands of dollars on clothing, hair extensions, makeup and even plastic surgery. Cortes even went as far as getting Jackson’s cleft chin. “I have made a lot of money impersonating Michael Jackson, but it takes a lot for the upkeep,” says Cortes. There are only a few other Jackson impersonators on par with Cortes. He has developed quite a following of fans on Facebook. “I like being able to talk to fans.” Sergio Cortes says sometimes fans almost forget that Jackson is dead and he is just an imitation.
Cortes says he will continue to impersonate Jackson as long as people want him to. “As long as I can pleased the crowd and stay on top of my game, I will do it,” says Cortes. For right now, he is booked up to the hilt. He is on the cusp of a worldwide tour through the U.S. in Spring of 2016. Cortes says if all goes well, he will embark on another tour throughout Europe in the summer.