EARNEST VALENTINO Michael Jackson - Tribute Artist
Earnest Valentino was born and raised in Florida/USA. He is working as a professional Michael JacksonTribute-Artist aka. -Impersonator for
39 years with over 6000 shows.
Mr. Valentino started out as a child, winning numerous dance contests and talent shows. Soon he was discovered by talent-scouts who prepared his first steps in show business. Today Mr. Valentino is worldwide known and respected for being the absolute top-act among Jackson doubles and impersonators. The high standard of Earnest Valentino`s unique stage show, his striking looks and moves, combined by a charismatic personality as well as an amazing physical alikeness to Mr. Jackson himself, guarantee first class entertainment. Earnest Valentino`s costumes are designed by top-of-the-line professionals and reveal duplicates of Mr. Jackson`s outfits to perfection.
Earnest Valentino is the only officially recognized Michael Jackson-impersonator worldwide, certified by the man himself in the year 1988. In 2009 Earnest Valentino celebrated his 35th stage anniversary with performances of more than 6000(!) shows.
Places of performance in the USA:
Miami, Orlando, Tampa, Fort Lauderdale, Dallas, New York (Red Parrot, Limelight) Los Angeles (several clubs in Hollywood) Las Vegas (Freemont Street Experience) Atlantic City
Places of performance in Europe, Russia, Asia and Africa:
Germany (Berlin, Munich/Circus Krone/Deutsches Theater, Hamburg/CCH/Panoptikum, Frankfurt/Messe/Museumsuferfest/Städel, Köln/Phantasialand/Messe/Magic Media, Bonn/Kanzlerfest, Düsseldorf/Igedo/CPD, Hannover/CeBit, Stuttgart/Messe, Freiburg/Konzertsaal, Dresden, Leipzig etc.) Italy (Rome, Milano) Spain (Casino de Mallorca, Palma, Madrid, Barcelona) England (London, Hippodrome, Reading, Birmingham) Greece (Tessaloniki) Austria (Salzburg, Vienna, Bregenz/Festspielhaus, Dornbirn) Switzerland (Zürich, Bern, Basel, St. Gallen) France (Paris/Euro Disney and ) Turkey (Istanbul/Hilton) Bahrain (Arabian Emirates) Poland (Breslau, Warszaw) Russia (Moskow, St. Petersburg, Rumania (Bucharest,
Touring these places Mr. Valentino was featured, performed and interviewed in several TV-productions and did concert openings for Kool and the Gang, Cindy Lauper, New Edition and Rebbie Jackson. Years later he promoted Mr. Jackson`s "Bad"- and "Dangerous"- Tours.
ARD, WDR, RTL, SAT 1, BBC, ORF, ARTE, ProTV Rumania, Polish TV etc.
Commercials, Galas and Corporate Events for:
Mercedes, Volkswagen, Opel, Lamborghini, Renault Michael Jackson`s Mystery, Michael Jackson Cologne, Goldwell Mannesmann D2, Ericsson, Mars GmbH, Lufthansa, GZS Frankfurt, Deutsche Börse Frankfurt, Commerzbank, Sanofi Winthorp, Phoenix Contact, Migros, Edeka, Coop Switzerland, Dorint Hotels Betty Barcley, Esprit de Corp., Kaufhaus Beck, Steilmann GmbH, Deutsches Rotes Kreu, CeBit Disneyland Paris, UCI Movie world, Final 4 BBL, Dynamo Dresden, Rock`n Roll World Masters, Radio Regenbogen Gala etc.
1987 -1992 Mr. Valentino premiered in Germany through an engagement by an amusement park. There he was leading performer, choreographer and manager of his own impersonation show titled "Superstar Reflexions". It was presented 5 to 8 times daily, and during its five seasons this extremely successful production attracted more than 2.5 Mio. people.
1987+1992 Mr. Valentino made public appearances promoting Michael Jackson`s "Bad"- and "Dangerous"-Tours in Europe.
1990 Mr. Valentino performed for the German Chancellor in Bonn.
1991 he presented Mr. Jackson`s famous Rhinestone Glove for an auction at Christies in London.
1992 -1993 he was contracted by Europe`s biggest mobile phone company "Mannesmann D2" for their promotion campaigns. German television presented Mr. Valentino in a documentary for the Dangerous-Tour.
In fall of 1992 a Spanish camera crew accompanied him through Madrid and Barcelona, where he advertised additional tour dates for Mr. Jackson. In Madrid he starred in a special "Tribute to Michael Jackson", produced by fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier.
1993 -1994 Mr. Valentino accepted an engagement at the famous "Palladium Theater" in Mallorca.
1995 -1996 he moved to Los Angeles to study with the worldwide acclaimed voice coach Seth Riggs.
1997 -1998 Mr. Valentino returned to Germany and became official impersonator for "Michael Jackson`s Mystery Drinks", a company licensed by Mr. Jackson himself. Earnest Valentino performed for television, various galas, promotion campaigns, corporate and special events, open air concerts and in big clubs all over Europe. He received the "Diamond of the Year" - award for Best International Double. 1999 -2000 at the early state of the year engagements included highlight-performances at the "Festspiel-haus Bregenz", "Deutsches Theater München" (Red Cross Gala), CPD Düsseldorf (Fashion Fare Gala), CEBit Hannover and the unveiling of Michael Jackson`s wax replica at the Panoptikum in Hamburg. During the summer he was engaged for the "Coop World Party" in Basel, performed on several open air events, including charities i.e. "Christiane Herzog-Stiftung" in Dresden or "Menschen für Kinder" by RTL in Köln. In October of that year Mr. Valentino was elected to become patron of the charitable foundation "SILKE e.V.", which focuses on supporting needy people, especially handicapped children. The artist concluded this millenium by performing a Christmas Special for the "Dynamo Dresden" soccer team followed by a show for the grand New Year`s Gala at the "Schlosspark Forum" in Ludwigsburg.
2000-2002 Continuing Earnest Valentino has done shows at corporate events i.e. for the Deutsche Börse in Frankfurt, Ericsson`s MP 3 in Zürich, COOP in Basel, Goldwell in Berlin or the Commerzbank in Hamburg. He followed a week-long engagement in Bahrain/ Saudi Arabia and gave a 90-minutes open air concert in the city of Leipzig that was attended by about 9000 people. Other customers included Deutsche Telekom, Dorint Hotels, Siemens Computers, CeBit and several fashion companies.
On June 15th 2002 Earnest Valentino gave a special 45-minutes performance at the Equinox/London in the presence of Mr. Jackson on the occasion of MJNI`s „Killer Thriller" night, honoring Mr. Jackson and the 20th anniversary of the Thriller album. This event was a milestone in Mr. Valentino`s career.
In the year of 2009 Earnest Valentino celebrated his 35th stage Anniversary. Within that time he performed an astounding number of over 6000 shows. After the shocking news of Michael`s death on June 25th 2009, Earnest Valentino`s world stood still in shock, disbelief and silence- along with millions of other people he could not understand what had happened and why.
After many weeks of mourning, doubts and hesitation, Earnest Valentino finally decided to continue spreading the mission of the man who was his mentor and friend, and who is painfully missed every day since his tragic passing: Michael Jackson, who will always be the greatest Entertainer on this planet and who will always be the greatest Entertainer of all time. So we shall never forget the essence of life: It is all about L.O.V.E.
When I started impersonating Michael Jackson, I pledged my life to help Michael heal our suffering planet, and aid to the need. I dont understand why man must continue to fight for power, money, and land, this planet which GOD gave us belongs to us all and not divided into pieces.
Our reason for being here is still not known, but what I do know, is that man has no right to take the life of another no matter what the circumstances are. Love and peace is the answer and will always be. Billions of dollars spent on military weapons and nuclear bombs, when it should be directed to poverty and homeless people.
When I perform I feel this unexplainable spirit which controls me, it brings me to a higher level of beauty, love and understanding for humanity. We all express our feeling through various ways which we feel most comfortable with, myself, through performing definitely.
A good majority of people felt that Mr. Jackson could have changed the world, but they fail to realize he can not do it alone. He needs our help, and I am trying to convince people through his music that the problem lies within ourselves.
Each individual must take the initiative to change for the better in order for our world to be a better place to live in, and for our children. We are many people, but different characters, yet we share the same blood. We are different nationalities, yet we share the same heart. To be evil is easy, but to have unconditional love for humanity is hard, considering what we face in todays outlook on man.
I love everyone for who they are, a human being with a heart and a soul that wants to be loved and cared for like you and me. MAY GOD BLESS YOU and guide you, for love and peace is the only key to happiness. Until man realizes that this is the only true answer, I will continue to cry for humanity.
Who I'd like to meet:
Earnest and Michael on Stage
Earnest Valentino | MySpace Video
Earnest Valentino gives Interview to Romanian T.V. (2010)
Earnest Valentino | MySpace Video
Part 2 of Earnest Valentino's interview on Romania T.V. (2010)
Earnest Valentino | MySpace Video
Earnest Valentino Performs Will You Be There (2010)
Earnest Valentino | MySpace Video
"I love life, and its beauty within which brings great joy to my heart though the cruelty I see is more then enough to leave a permanent scar as to wonder what went wrong? I am a optimist yet realistic, but I know we can be more than what we have become.
We can all start by loving, and caring for all without prejudice, ignorance, and bias for when we achieve this we will have accomplished pure, and true love."
Music<[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[iframe]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]] width="480" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/V2SeIQuew7o" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen>..
- Status: Married
- Here for: Networking
- Orientation: Straight
- Body type: 5' 10" / Slim / Slender
- Ethnicity: Native American
- Zodiac Sign: Libra
- Smoke / Drink: No / No
- Occupation: Entertainer