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Elvis impersonator visits Graceland

28 year old Gordon Elvis is All Shook Up after winning the chance to visit Graceland, home of the King.

Gordon, who is originally from Malta, moved to Wolverhampton three years ago to be a full-time Elvis impersonator.

He has just beat 25 other Elvis imitators to be named the winner in the People’s Choice category at the Images of the King contest in Porthcawl in South Wales.

Gordon is the owner of 35 different Elvis style outfits ranging from 1950s leather to sequin jumpsuits.

He has won the chance to compete in the Ultimate Elvis contest in Memphis, Tennessee during Elvis Week in August.

When he was in Malta he sang from time to time in local hotel and bars.

Gordon said: “The work is very different there, it’s a small island so it would only really be for the tourists. I did karaoke and people were encouraging me.

“A guy in a karaoke bar was saying I should impersonate Elvis for a living and I thought, why not?

“So in 2009 I decided to come to the UK and I competed in a contest in Porthcawl in Wales. I won that and I decided I would stay and see how it went.”

“There’s more of an opportunity over here. I came to Tamworth where some friends were living and then after a month I needed my own place and ended up in Bilston.

“My mum and dad are big Elvis fans. I grew up listening to Elvis.

“When I was three years old I would listen to him and my leg would start shaking in time to the music. It’s my dream to go to Graceland.”

The Images of the King competition was started by Elvis fans who wanted to recognise the “Elvis tribute artist community”.

Contestants come from all over the world to take part in the competition.

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