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article imageAll Hail King Elvis 2.0

By Lenny Stoute     Aug 20, 2007 in Entertainment
Presley of Pennsylvania beats out nine other Elvii in contest to crown the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist. Shawn Klush, 38, looking younger than that, takes it all with an amped-up Vegas era show.
This weekend the other gold lame shoe finally dropped. Exercising their long-simmering king making prerogative, the elders of Elvis Nation have crowned a new king .
King Elvis The Second aka Shawn Klush beat 9 contestants from around the world in the Memphis final of a worldwide contest. Coronation came as 30th anniversary celebrations of Presley's death drew to a close on Friday night.
"It's an overwhelming experience and it couldn't be in a better place," said King Elvis 2. The side-burned Presley of Pennsylvania was chosen by
the suits behind Elvis Presley's Graceland Corp. to be their first official "Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist".
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Klush swivelled through Viva Las Vegas, My Way, Bridge Over Troubled Water and You Gave Me A Mountain, to take the crown dressed in a tight take on Presley's 1970s-era white jumpsuit .
He won $5,000 eating money, a $5,000 shopping trip to Graceland's souvenir shops, $3,000 toward a new jumpsuit and other prizes.
This first official contest marked a significant shift in attitude by the managers of Presley's estate, who previously had shown little regard for the many impersonators of the rock 'n' roll icon.
The 10 finalists were also officially endorsed by Elvis Presley Enterprises and signed contracts that could bring them a lot of lucrative work in the future.
The contest was part of a week of celebrations marking the 30th anniversary of Presley's death, which culminated in the extremely spooky "live concert featuring footage of the singer edited to look like Elvis was leading the band.
With many former band members on stage, Presley "performed" hits like Burning Love and Suspicious Minds.
Earlier, thousands of visitors had filed past the singer's grave at his Memphis home, Graceland. Presley died of a heart attack in 1977, aged 42.
Large floral displays sent by fans around the world surrounded a walkway leading to the garden where he is buried.
An estimated 75,000 Elvis enthusiasts made the journey to Memphis - where temperatures topped 100F (38C) - to attend events relating to the weekend's coronation.
Graceland, where Elvis died as a result of heart disease and drug abuse, is now a major tourist attraction visited by almost 600,000 people every year.
Nothing's confirmed but sources say Everything Elvis Inc., which owns the bulk of all things Elvis, has talked with a major concert promoter regarding a tour for Elvis 2.0 in '08.
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