Keeping Jackson legend on stage
JUST over a year ago, Tweed Heads South teenager Elvis Roberts was awaiting the opportunity to see his idol, King of Pop Michael Jackson, perform in his final concert series.
But a year ago yesterday his dreams were dashed when Jackson suddenly died on June 25, 2009.
Now, boasting a bedroom full of Michael Jackson memorabilia, 14-year-old Elvis is dreaming of a life in the spotlight himself.
“Now I’ve learnt some of his moves and I’ve done performances to his songs at school and other shows,” Elvis said.
“I get asked to do a lot of the different moves all the time.”
His dance repertoire includes the moves to the famed Thriller as well as the moon walk.
“It’s easy with socks on carpet, but it took a while to learn how to do it with shoes on a wooden floor,” Elvis said.
Over the years, Elvis has grown his Jackson collection to include more than 300 items, including gum, CDs, stickers, cups, dog tags and tapes all relating to the King of Pop.
He also has custom-made gloves similar to the ones Jackson used to wear in his dance routines.
“I’ve really been into his music since I was 10 years old,” Elvis said.
“I just heard one of his songs one day on the radio and asked my dad about it. He was a DJ before and had a CD of his music.
“The day he died I was shocked. A lot of people were asking if I was okay at school that day.”
Elvis had auditioned for the current season of Channel 9 show Hey Hey It’s Saturday with his Jackson-inspired dance moves, but was unsuccessful.
His dancing skills however won him the opportunity to see a scheduled Michael Jackson concert This Is It in London after winning a dance competition on Channel 7 show Sunrise.