Teen Weston-super-mare crowned as the best European impersonator of Elvis

The new king is crowned! The British teenager, 19, is named Elvis’ best European impersonator – after starting to impersonate a superstar at the age of four.

  • Emilio Santoro from Weston-super-Mare crowned the European tribute champion Elvis
  • A 19-year-old boy, after years of worshiping the King, said victory was a ‘dream come true’
  • The pictures show Emilio’s first impressions of the legendary rocker at the age of four
  • He performed as Elvis during school talent shows and competed for the first time at the age of 14










The British teenager, who for the first time as a child began to imitate ‘The King of Rock and Roll’, was named the best European representative of Elvis.

Emilio Santoro, 19, of Weston-super-Mare in Somerset, was crowned European Champion Elvis Tribute Artist for 2022 at a ceremony in Birmingham.

Emilio, who started pretending to be Elvis four years after his grandparents introduced him to the legendary musician, said that being called Europe’s best Elvis was a ‘dream come true’.

Emilio began to gain a foothold by studying the videos of the iconic rock star and even demonstrated his style in home-made coveralls in the style of ‘The King’.

He later performed as Elvis during school talent shows and at the age of 14 participated in his first competition on the continent, where he admits that he was “shaking like a leaf”.

Emilio Santoro, 19, of Weston-super-Mare in Somerset, was crowned European Champion Elvis Tribute Artist for 2022 at a ceremony in Birmingham.

Emilio Santoro, 19, of Weston-super-Mare in Somerset, was crowned European Champion Elvis Tribute Artist for 2022 at a ceremony in Birmingham.

Four-year-old Emilio Santoro poses in the complete clothes of Elvis Presley, which he received from his family for Christmas in 2006

Four-year-old Emilio Santoro poses in the complete clothes of Elvis Presley, which he received from his family for Christmas in 2006

Emilio Santoro in an Elvis costume

Elvis Presley poses for the GI Blues in 1960

Emilio, who started pretending to be Elvis (right) four years after his grandparents introduced him to the legendary musician, said that being called Europe’s best Elvis was a ‘dream come true’.

The European Elvis Championship and Congress, which takes place every year around Elvis’ birthday weekend, is witnessing dozens of tribute acts fighting for the title of European Champion.

The event, which takes place at the Metropole Hotel in Birmingham, is considered one of the largest annual Elvis imitation competitions in Europe.

Emilio told the BBC: “Everyone always says life is too short – follow your dreams and it can no longer be true. Being crowned a champion is just amazing.

“I had a jumpsuit put together by my nanny and aunt, and I’ve wanted to do it as a career ever since.

“All the supporting messages on social media were so humble.”

Emilio continued as Elvis during school talent shows and at the age of 14 he took part in his first competition on the continent, where he admits that he was “shaking like a leaf”

Emilio, then seven years old, is depicted in a gold suit in the style of his idol Elvis Presley

Emilio, then seven years old, is depicted in a gold suit in the style of his idol Elvis Presley

Emilio (third from left) is pictured alongside his colleagues who pay tribute during the European Championships and the Elvis Convention in Birmingham on January 7.

Emilio (third from left) is pictured alongside his colleagues who pay tribute during the European Championships and the Elvis Convention in Birmingham on January 7.

Emilio first became interested in the legendary rocker because of his iconic appearance and the way he performed on stage, which he learned to imitate.

The teenager’s next show is in his hometown, before performing in Germany, America and Canada, and also touring the UK in November.

He added: “Now it’s starting to sink. From an early age, I had a dream that I wanted to stand on stage.

“At first I was nervous about fulfilling that dream, but fortunately I have a family behind me and I have never looked back since.”

Emilio first became interested in the legendary rocker because of his iconic appearance and the way he performed on stage, which he learned to imitate.

Emilio first became interested in the legendary rocker because of his iconic appearance and the way he performed on stage, which he learned to imitate.

Neither of Emilio’s parents has a musical background with their mother, Emma Santoro, who works as a sales manager for a food company, and her husband, Joe, is a self-employed builder.

Emma said she was an “emotional wreck” when she watched her son in the competition, but “threw us away.”

“We watched him, we helped him train, we saw the hours of work he was doing, so seeing how he finally got recognition is just amazing,” she said.

“His grandparents were initially surprised that Emilio Elvis caught on at such a young age, which amused them, but they love it and have always encouraged him.

“I’m a big fan of Elvis, so I was very happy to see how much he loves everything Elvis is.

“I’m so proud that he stayed true to himself and didn’t follow the crowd and actually alerted his friends to Elvis.”

Emilio said he prefers singing Elvis’ gospel music and ballads, which are less well known but loved by fans.

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