While it’s hard to fully duplicate the movements and style of Michael Jackson (MJ), there are some great impersonators that have done their homework, and are more than capable of capturing his essence. Sergio Cortes is more than a copycat that’s spent countless hours studying MJ. He takes his role seriously as someone who loves Michael Jackson’s work and wants to really pay tribute to MJ’s level of artistry. There are many reasons why people view Cortes as the most prolific Michael Jackson impersonator.
MJ has an undeniable vocal range and passion in his voice that’s hard to match. Cortes has found a great balance to hit MJ’s high notes with perfect pitch control. It’s hard to reach that octave range without peaking in the vocal tone. When he steps on a stage, he uses all of those elements in each one of MJ’s songs. He really channels the “King of Pop”by bringing that energy into his singing and having a persona to complement the voice. Of course, MJ had a great voice, but that’s only one aspect that made him special. People believed in what he had to say because there was a desire and hunger in the voice and message behind the lyrics.
From the spins, the backslide (moonwalk), and isolations in his body, Cortes takes impersonating to another level. It’s impossible for most people to even grasp the concept of a moonwalk let alone do it nearly as perfect as MJ. He makes everything look seamless with his popping ability, rhythm, and flow. Although, MJ had tons of influence from James Brown to Fred Astaire, he put a unique twist those movements to make his own signature style.
MJ was a fashion icon in his own right. Cortes has the face, the long hair, the hat, the gloves, the sequinned socks, and the patent leather shoes down to a science. All of these elements made MJ standout against every other performer. He’s not an impersonator, but a second coming of MJ. Character is something that’s inate, and he embodies the spirit of MJ, which is something you can’t teach no matter how many performances you study. His performances on YouTube just adds to the mystique that put MJ in a different lane.
There will never be another Michael Jackson, but Serio Cortes has done him justice with his great impersonation. He serves as a solid supporter to keep the legacy of MJ alive.