Many celebrities get impersonated in today’s world. It became a big business when Elvis Presley died in 1977. From that point, the demand for Elvis impersonators skyrocketed. Since people could never see the real Elvis perform again, they were willing to pay to see somebody who looks and sounds like him. The exact same phenomena happened after Michael Jackson’s unexpected death in 2009. The King of Pop’s millions of fans were in shock over his death. Not long after that, the amount of people impersonating Michael Jackson increased dramatically. From this group, the person who is generally thought to be the best is Sergio Cortes.
1970 was the year that Cortes was born in Spain. He grew up in a middle class family and had a normal childhood by all accounts. He had a passion for music and dancing. He would be able to make his living with these skills many years later. He thought about becoming a chef for a short period of time. However, some bad experiences at a few restaurants he worked at turned him off to this idea. He was not sure what his career should be. Sergio drifted aimlessly from job to job. He spent many years searching in vain for a career that would hold his interest and that he could excel at.
In 1985, Michael Jackson made a very famous commercial for Pepsi. Jackson had been out of the spotlight for a year, so the public was unaware of the drastic physical changes that he had undergone. His skin was much paler now. Sergio saw that and could not believe that he now had a striking resemblance to one of the most famous people on the planet. It was at that moment that Sergio knew this was the opportunity he had been waiting for. He immediately started to make some extra cash on the side by impersonating Michael Jackson. However, he had no idea what was in store for him.
Following the death of Jackson in 2009, Sergio saw a sharp rise in the demand for his services. However, the demand exploded in 2012 following his appearance at a Michael Jackson tribute show. This show exposed him to a wide audience of people on the Internet who had never heard of him before. Suddenly, he was arguably the most famous impersonator on the planet. Sergio now recreates the choreography to Jackson’s legendary videos during his performances.