HE looks like him, sounds like him and moves like him. He is said to be about as close to the real thing as you can get.

And no wonder, since Ben Bowman admits he has obsessively studied the King of Pop’s sound and dance style since he was a kid.

He brings his Jackson Live in Concert show to the Palace Theatre, Westcliff, on Saturday, November 29, so you can see for yourself.

Ben, from Kent, said: “From as far into childhood as I can remember, I have been obsessed with Michael Jackson. Everything about him mesmerised and enchanted me.

“I spent hours poring over album covers, photos, interviews, videos and anything I could find that was about Michael.

“Even my seventh birthday party was Michael Jackson themed!

“I always loved to dance and began copying Michael’s signature moves as I dreamt of being a performer like him.”

Ben is joined on stage by his band and dancers who work their way through MJ’s hits with impeccable precision.

Ben does the moonwalk and all the greats, including Thriller, Beat it and Billie Jean.

The show starts at 8pm. Tickets start at £19.50. Book via southendtheatres.org.uk or call the box office on 01702 351135.

l If you fancy a comedy musical, get along to O’Neill’s, in Southend High Street, tonight or tomorrow where Scoob Company Productions are hosting the Evil League of Evil’s Masquerade Ball. There is also live music from the Horrible House Band.

Tickets, priced £5, are available from the bar in advance or on the door. Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8.30pm start.