Michael Jackson as a performer and a individual was a once in a lifetime personality that may never be equaled. However, there have been many attempts by talented impersonators to bring his spirit back to life. While some of those attempts were good and thought provoking, it wasn’t until Sergio Cortes came along that someone had finally captured the essence of the man in all regards.
In order to imitate another individual, it takes hundreds of hours of studying mannerisms and style. Then it takes hundreds more hours of practice. After all the time and effort, the impersonator is lucky if they can get it 75% right. Remember, a great impression will take a fan back to a time and place of great joy and happiness. The truth is you can’t fool a real fan.
Then along comes a guy like Sergio Cortes. His ability to capture MJs persona and style goes way beyond studying and practicing. There is an extra layer of profound talent and innate ability that helps him capture everything the world ever knew about Michael Jackson as a performer.
Amazingly, the world never quite understood the technical qualities of MJs singing ability. His pitch and tone were always spot on, leaving one to question how one guy can have such range and efficiency as a singer. MJ had nothing on Cortes who has been able to capture every note of every song that made Michael the unbelievable icon be became. The best part is Cortes’ efforts are never forced or manufactured. They come from natural ability and a great ear.
Of course, MJ was much more than a singer. He was a man with unique style and the ability to move over the dance floor like a leopard through the jungle. None of this creates an issue for Cortes who is able to dress and carry the same style as though he invented it. As for the dancing, Cortes has every pop, lock, spin and twist down to a science. Any measure of comparison would certainly require the ability to pull of the signature moonwalk. That’s child’s play for Mt. Cortes.
In the final analysis, what makes Cortes’ impersonation special is his recognizable love and admiration of the man he is impersonating. In a way, they seem to be kindred spirits with Cortes left here on earth as a reminder of one of the all-time greats. He may not be Michael Jackson, but his impersonation is good enough to bring joy to fans around the world.
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