Graceland anoints first king of Elvis pretenders

MEMPHIS , Tenn. (AP) - Managers of Elvis Presley's Graceland anointed their first "Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist" tonight, ending a worldwide search for a Presley pretender to wear their official crown.

The new make-believe King is Shawn Klush, an Elvis impersonator from Pittston, Pennsylvania. He was chosen at a concert hall in downtown Memphis in the championship round of a series of tribute contest held around the world.

Klush won $5,000, a $5,000 shopping trip to Graceland's souvenir shops, $3,000 toward a new Elvis jumpsuit and other prizes.

The biggest prize, however, was the "Ultimate Elvis" title, a first in the world of Elvis impersonators.

The contest was part of a weeklong string of concerts, dances and memorials focused on the 30th anniversary of Presley's death.

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