Believe it or not, there are 85,000 Elvis impersonators around the world. Some of the best came to Memphis this weekend to compete in the ultimate Elvis Tribute contest.
Not every Elvis Tribute artist is in Memphis to compete. But for the first time ever, Graceland is sponsoring an Elvis contest, looking for the best of the best Elvis impersonator.
It was an historic night for Elvis Presley Enterprises, the search for an artist that best pays tribute to the life and legacy of Elvis Presley.
"We wanted to figure out a way that we could bring the best of the best together and what a better time to do it than the 30th anniversary," said Paul Jankowski with Elvis Presley Enterprises.
EPE licensed 24 contests around the world. To get to the finals, tribute artists had to have the moves, the look, and of course the voice.
21 performers came out of the shadow of the king to put their best foot forward. A stiff contest in front of a crowd of screaming fans.
Donny Edwards has performed around the world. His father is hoping for a win in Memphis.
"Donnie grew up watching Elvis movies. He grew up wanting to look like Elvis and sound like Elvis an he's accomplished that," said Gerry Edwards.
Having the Elvis Presley Enterprise seal of approval would be quite an accomplishment. In addition to a $5,000 cash prize and a $5,000 shopping spree, its looks great on a rock and roll resume.
What's cruel, is having to pick only one winner out os so many convincing King look-alikes.
"It's really hard. I would not want to be a judge, that's all I can tell ya, I would not want to be a judge," said Bev McCormick of Ontario Canada.