09:02AM, Sunday 26 August 2012
An Elvis impersonator has shown he really is 'the king' after been crowned the world's best tribute artist.
Ben Portsmouth won the top prize at the 2012 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest in Memphis, Tennessee, on Saturday last week.
He becomes the first Brit and the first non-American to have won the annual competition which has been staged since 2007.
The former Waltham Primary School pupil said: "It is a big achievement.
"In my world it is the biggest competition that you can win."
It was the third time in three years Ben had visited Memphis to take part in an Elvis competition.
In 2010 he became champion of the annual Images of the King contest and last year entered the 'Ultimate Elvis' contest for the first time, making it through to the final round.
The 33-year-old said becoming the first Brit to have won the contest had made the win even more significant.
"There was a stigma that only an American could win the competition but I think they probably had to realise that people are getting better outside the US," he added.
As winner, he was awarded with a cheque of $20,000, a guitar and a gold belt that the former rock and roll legend used to wear.
He has also won a contract to perform in a 'Legends in Concert' tour which is set to start in America next year.
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