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BREAKING 7-16-08 Sell-Out Crowd at Sam's Town Ultimate Elvis Contest-Charles Allen Roe Wins
Wednesday, Jul 16, 2008 9:53am
SHREVEPORT, LA (By: Tom Pace, Executive Editor, Talk of the Town) ELVIS NEWS: 12:30pm 7-16-08  There were a dozen Elvis Tribute Artists (ETA's) of all shapes and sizes this past Saturday night at Sam's Town Casino - all hoping to finish in First Place, and move on to the semi-finals in Memphis, Tennessee: August 13, 2008.  Click here to listen as Tom Pace interviews Kirk Brown, Ultimate Elvis Contest Promoter & Emcee for the Sam's Town Shreveport competition. 

And the winner is: Charles Allen Roe.  It was not an easy choice, by a long shot.  A sold-out audience  of 1,000 die-hard Elvis fans (mostly women) crowded into the Sam's Town Grand Ballroom for the two and a half hour competition Saturday night, July 12th, 2008. 

The Ultimate Elvis Contest held in Shreveport, was one of only 22 events across the country, and the world sanctioned by Elvis Presley Enterprises.
Ultimate Elvis Artist Contest in Memphis, Tennessee. 

The dozen Elvis Tribute Artists at Sam's Town (not impersonators) all had the Elvis sound, moves, and appearance.  Some had a higher degree of Elvis charisma that others.  All in all, everyone was a winner. (In the sense they were pre-screened before being accepted for the competition.)

The Ultimate Elvis winner at Sam's Town represented the "Older Elvis." 
Maybe Charles Allen Roe didn't look exactly like Elvis in his latter years,
but he sure sounded like him, and he had the charisma, and wooed over the audience and the judges. 

Now for Mr. Roe, it's on to the Semi-Finals in Memphis, during "Elvis Week."  Charles will be competing on Wednesday, August 13th, as he represents Shreveport, Louisiana...and if he makes the cut, Roe will be in the finals on Thursday, August 14th. 

This competition sanctioned by Elvis Presley Enterprises all started last year. Twenty-four of the best tribute artists from around the world traveled to Memphis to compete during the event for the title of Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist of 2007, where Shawn Klush of Pennsylvania was announced as the winner.

EPE is bringing the contest back again in 2008 and once again looking for the Elvis tribute artist that "best represents the legacy of Elvis Presley." Tribute artists will receive the opportunity to compete in preliminary rounds of the competition in various locations around the world for their chance to win a spot in the semi-finals that will take place in Memphis during Elvis Week 2008 in August.

Good luck, and Godspeed Charles, and may the force of the "blue suede shoes" be with you.  Thank You...Thank You, Very Much.

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