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Michael Jackson impersonator

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A Michael Jackson impersonator for the 25th anniversary of the album Thriller at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival with performers from Step It Up and Dance.
A Michael Jackson impersonator for the 25th anniversary of the album Thriller at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival with performers from Step It Up and Dance.

A Michael Jackson impersonator is someone who impersonates or copies the look and sound of American entertainer Michael Jackson.[1][2][3][4] They work all over the world as entertainers, and such tribute acts remain in great demand due to the high popularity of Jackson.[5][6][7][8][9]


Thriller – Live is a two-and-a-half-hour concert celebrating the music of Jackson.[10][11] It had already been performed in the United Kingdom, Germany, Netherlands, and Scandinavia before opening at the Lyric Theatre, London on 2 January 2009. The show was conceived by Jackson family friend and author, Adrian Grant.[12][13][14][15]

Thrill the World is an annual international dance event and world record breaking attempt, in which participants simultaneously emulate the zombie dance seen in the music video of Jackson's "Thriller".[16]

In the media


  • Maanthrikam is a 1995 Malayalam romantic action thriller film directed by Thampi Kannanthanam. The film marked the debut for the actor Vinayakan as the dupe of Jackson.
  • Mister Lonely is a 2007 British-French-Irish-American comedy-drama film directed by Harmony Korine and co-written with his brother Avi Korine. It's a story of a young man living in Paris scratches out a living as a Jackson look-alike, starring Diego Luna as Jackson and dancing on the streets, public parks, tourist spots and trade shows.[17]



In January 2014, Lorena Turner, who teaches photography in the Communication Department at California State Polytechnic University, has spent four years tracking down 35 artists and look-alikes of Jackson. She released a new book of photos, essays and stories of men and women from across the U.S. who pretend to be Jackson for a living.[20]


Jackson's impersonator during the Sticky & Sweet Tour of Madonna.
Jackson's impersonator during the Sticky & Sweet Tour of Madonna.

In July 2009, singer Madonna paid a tribute during the second leg of her Sticky & Sweet Tour.[21] A Jackson impersonator performed his signature moves, while dancing to a medley of Jackson's songs.[22]

List of known impersonators

See also


  1. ^ News, A. B. C. (27 May 2017). "Michael Jackson impersonator talks playing the King of Pop around the world, and now in Lifetime biopic". ABC News.
  2. ^ "Michael Jackson Impersonator Participates In Wrestling Match Immediately Goes Viral". 98.7 KLUV. 10 July 2018.
  3. ^ Bassett, Jordan (20 June 2017). "What it's like being the 'world's number one' Michael Jackson impersonator". NME.
  4. ^ Sanchez, Sandra Crespo. "This Guy Looks Exactly Like Michael Jackson And It's Really Throwing People Off". BuzzFeed.
  5. ^ "Michael Jackson impersonators: lookalikes around the world pay tribute to the King of Pop". 2 July 2009 – via
  6. ^ "Michael Jackson impersonator - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)".
  7. ^ "See Michael Jackson impersonator at Riverland".
  8. ^ "Michael Jackson Impersonator Fights the Power Through Dance at Baltimore Protests". Billboard.
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  12. ^ "Jackson brother at show premiere". BBC. January 22, 2009. Retrieved January 28, 2009.
  13. ^ Roy, Sanjoy (January 22, 2009). "Thriller Live Lyric, London". The Guardian. Retrieved January 28, 2009.
  14. ^ Frickler, Karen (January 21, 2009). "Thriller Live". Variety. Retrieved January 28, 2009.
  15. ^ Birke, Sarah (August 16, 2006). "Preview: Thriller Live, Dominion Theatre, London". The Independent. Retrieved January 28, 2009.
  16. ^ Feeney, Katherine (October 24, 2008). "Zombies to Thrill the World – and Brisbane". Brisbane Times. Archived from the original on October 27, 2008. Retrieved June 4, 2009.
  17. ^ " – News". Retrieved 2006-12-27.
  18. ^ Simon, Jane (14 December 2009). "Move Like Michael Jackson". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 14 December 2009.
  19. ^ Baker, Bob (March 3, 2005). "King of Pop impersonator star of E! trial re-enactment". The Seattle Times. Archived from the original on July 9, 2009.
  20. ^ Caramanica, Jon (19 October 2014). "Examining Michael Jackson Impersonators and 'Dangerous'" – via
  21. ^ Rodriguez, Jayson (July 5, 2009). "Madonna Salutes Michael Jackson At London's O2 Arena – Music, Celebrity, Artist News". MTV. Viacom. Retrieved January 14, 2012.
  22. ^ Saad, Mardeen (July 6, 2009). "Madonna pays tribute to Michael Jackson in concert". Associated Press. Retrieved May 12, 2015.
  23. ^ Kreps, Daniel (2017-01-14). "Michael Jackson Impersonator Lands Role in Lifetime Biopic". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2017-06-16.
  24. ^ "Kenny Wizz brings the King of Pop to Colombo | The Sunday Times Sri Lanka". 2016-05-22. Retrieved 2017-06-16.
  25. ^ Celia Walden (2008-05-30). "Britain's Got Talent: dancing to the same beat". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2017-06-16.
  26. ^ Ogunnaike, Lola (1 March 2005). "A Fake Michael Jackson's Big Break: A Fake Trial". The New York Times. Retrieved 16 June 2017.
  27. ^ "Michael Jackson's look-alike is driving the internet insane". 2016-12-18. Retrieved 2017-06-16.
  28. ^ "Lari Basilio on Her Dream G3 Tour, Brazilian Music Scene and More". Guitar World. 2016-08-31. Retrieved 2017-06-16.
  29. ^ "BBC World Service - The Why Factor, Impersonators: Why do People Pretend to be Someone Else?". 2016-02-01. Retrieved 2017-06-16.
  30. ^ "Ellen DeGeneres Welcomes Jeffrey Perez, Michael Jackson Impersonator, To The Stage". 2016-04-26. Retrieved 2017-06-16.
  31. ^ "Michael Jackson impersonators: lookalikes around the world pay tribute to the King of Pop". 2 July 2009 – via
  32. ^ Henning, Shawn (17 June 2010). "Michael Jackson: We Love You More "Our Voice Will Be Heard" Volume One". AuthorHouse – via Google Books.
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