The international impersonator contest in Memphis hosted by Elvis Presley Enterprises is over. A guy named Shawn Klush won the title "Ultimate Elvis tribute artist". Apparently, to EPE "tribute artists" have a better ring to it than "impersonators".
I have never particularly liked impersonators. To me they are the fat guys in poorly made jumpsuits that after Elvis death helped cement the image of Elvis as a fat fool in too tight outfits.
It's interesting to read what Elvis himself (or his secretary or whatever) thought of impersonators. Do develop your own special talents, he writes in a letter to a happy winner of a contest somewhere.
I didn't think EPE liked impersonators either, but I guess it's money talking. EPE has even released a Elvis karaoke DVD set this summer.
But on the other hand, who am I to judge. Two years back, when I was in Memphis, I recorded "Walk A Mile In My Shoes" to a karaoke track at Sun records, and I admit that I didn't try to sound like the Beatles!