Michael Jackson Reincarnated As a Teenage Ginger

5/22/2014 10:13 AM PDT

Michael Jackson at High School Talent Show -- MJ Reincarnated! [VIDEO]

For a few minutes at a small high school in the middle of California, Michael Jackson was resurrected ... in the form of a skinny, redheaded white teenager.

It all went down last Friday at Pitman High School in Turlock, CA ... located near Modesto. 17-year-old Brett Nichols stole the show with his MJ routine ... set of course to "Billie Jean." 

We're told 60 different acts auditioned to take part in the show, but only nine got to actually perform for the school. Nichols walked away with the championship and got to take home the school's Pitman’s Got Talent Rally trophy.

It's exactly like MJ would have wanted to come back ... as a skinny white man.