Elvis Week: Contestant from England wins Images of the King competition

Ben Portsmouth from the United Kingdom was named the 2010 Images of the King World Champion Saturday at the annual five-night competition.

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Ben Portsmouth from the United Kingdom was named the 2010 Images of the King World Champion Saturday at the annual five-night competition.

Ben Portsmouth of Waltham St. Lawrence, England, was named 2010 Images of the King World Champion.

Portsmouth, in the United States for the first time, was chosen first place winner from among 27 Elvis tribute artists in the 24th annual contest Saturday night at the Holiday Inn at Airways and Democrat.

Ben Portsmouth from the United Kingdom was named the 2010 Images of the King World Champion Saturday at the annual five-night competition.

Photo by Michael Donahue

Ben Portsmouth from the United Kingdom was named the 2010 Images of the King World Champion Saturday at the annual five-night competition.

Dwight Icenhower from Orlando, Fla. came in second place and Todd Martin from Monroe, La. came in third.

Women, who crowded the foot of the runway, cheered as Portsmouth, who wore a white jump suit, performed. Portsmouth also was given the People’s Choice award based on audience members’ votes.

The popular veteran Elvis tribute artists Icenhower and Martin got their share of enthusiastic response from the audience. Icenhower, who wore a jacket and slacks, was the 1960s movie Elvis and Martin was in uniform as the Army Elvis.

Kentucky tribute artist Danny Dale was given the Humanitarian Award.

--Michael Donahue: 529-2797

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Comments » 1

bluemandm writes:

Ben Portsmouth was such a nice guy and a good talented ETA singer. I wish him all of the luck. I am glad that he will have to come back next year. He really made my first trip to Memphis special. Have a safe trip home and England should be very proud of you right now.

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