TikTok: The King and Me – who’s behind the parody account?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Matias Hernandez is the man behind ‘The King and Me’ There are, according to some social media analytics, 3.8 million TikTok accounts, with the latest billion-followers king on…

TikTok: The King and Me - who's behind the parody account?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Matias Hernandez is the man behind ‘The King and Me’

There are, according to some social media analytics, 3.8 million TikTok accounts, with the latest billion-followers king on the map falling below 2.7m.

But there is a clear culprit behind his fans’ constant, immaculate production of weird and wonderful images.

Performing impersonations is by far the biggest way to gain nearly half a billion followers on the video streaming app.

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Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Fifteen TikTok stars have acquired one billion followers each

There are a number of parody account in the world that parody popular social media celebrities like Dua Lipa, Elle Macpherson and TBC.

But for the time being, the most popular person using the app – and hence the most popular person on TikTok – is an American impersonator named Javier Hernandez.

Mr Hernandez, aka “Matias Hernandez the king”, doesn’t yet have more than 1.3 million followers, but after growing his following by millions in a year, he is more popular than much bigger influencers.

And the infamously complicated rapper Drake is in second spot with 1.2 million followers.

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The influencer earns his 3.8 million followers by performing hilarious impersonations

The top 15 in terms of followers are:

1. Javier Hernandez

2. Drake

3. Felecia P

4. Hype Hendrix

5. Aeyll Law

6. Kae Hardy

7. Haze Ferguson

8. Harry Noble

9. Karamo Brown

10. Freya Lovely

11. Mickey Flood

12. Shirley_B

13. Rich Dollaz

14. Ty Dolla $ign

15. Tomasz Octava

Then there is Mr Hernandez, who is more famous for his impersonations of the likes of Martin Luther King Jr, Andy Warhol and Ben, Conan and Roy Orbison than for his musicianship.

His impressively crafted re-enactments, which vary massively in tone and persona, are a visual feast.

From performing the music of the Stranger Things show, to Dolly Parton’s Life of Pi, or trying his hand at a burrito by the name of Al Guindon, the result is a rolling narrative of humour that is somehow never tired.

Could it be that a thin-skinned Downton Abbey star hasn’t learned how to use her voice?

As for the singer-songwriter Mark Ronson, it seems he is yet to notice.

By Tom Gowans

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