Illinois man crowned king of Elvis impersonators

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - An Illinois man has been crowned The
King - of the Elvis impersonators.
Bill Cherry, of Collinsville, took home the $3,200 prize this
weekend in Springfield at the "Annual Midwest Tribute to the King
Competition" for his Elvis impersonating skills.
He beat 14 competitors from Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, Ohio
and Wisconsin. Cherry was also a finalist for an international
contest during Elvis Week in Presley's hometown of Memphis, Tenn.
Contestant Fred Kruse, of Florissant, Mo., says getting the
right costume is only part of the challenge. An impersonator must
also coordinate the moves and voice to really pull off the essence
of Elvis.
Cherry takes home a King's ransom: The $3,200 prize.

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