Elvis Tribute Artists to Appear on 'David Letterman' During CBS Elvis Week

Feb 5, 2013 Full story: BroadwayWorld.com 26

Today, Sherry Management, producer of the ElvisFestival.com series of events, announced a giveaway for those who buy tickets for upcoming Elvis festivals around the country, showcasing the five tribute artists appearing as part of Elvis Week Feb.

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thanspapa

Haverhill, MA

#1 Feb 8, 2013
Awesome week ending with Dixie by John Portsmouth
with arrangement and direction by the genius himself. Paul Shaffer
srp310

Louisville, KY

#2 Feb 11, 2013
I think John Portsmouth was so good that he should shed the Elvis suite and just sing. He is as good as Elvis and I think we have room now to let Elvis go and enjoy John for his wonderful voice, even if he sounds like Elvis.
King Elvis

Sydney, Australia

#3 Feb 11, 2013
srp310 wrote:
He is as good as Elvis
Think again.

The five ETAs on Letterman this week were terrible. They murdered the songs.

Only Shawn Klush did marginally well, but he's too fat to be doing the 1970 Elvis.

There is only ONE Elvis; no one can come remotely close.
Jean

Huntsville, AL

#4 Feb 11, 2013
I totally agree! and i think the audience did too, sure wasn't any loud clapping going on that i heard,
they need to hang it up!
Lee

Burbank, CA

#5 Feb 20, 2013
srp310 wrote:
I think John Portsmouth was so good that he should shed the Elvis suite and just sing. He is as good as Elvis and I think we have room now to let Elvis go and enjoy John for his wonderful voice, even if he sounds like Elvis.
Let Elvis go? Get off this board!
Jim

Voorhees, NJ

#6 Feb 22, 2013
I think it's very nice to see that after all these years since Elvis's passing that there is an Elvis Week.
Jim

Voorhees, NJ

#7 Feb 23, 2013
srp310 wrote:
I think John Portsmouth was so good that he should shed the Elvis suite and just sing. He is as good as Elvis and I think we have room now to let Elvis go and enjoy John for his wonderful voice, even if he sounds like Elvis.
He's so good, he's nowhere to be found. lol!

Have a link?
Pike

Redditch, UK

#8 Feb 23, 2013
His name is not John Portsmouth, it is Ben Portsmouth. He is an ETA from England and he won the Ultimate Elvis Tribute contest last year. He has a facebook page http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ben-Portsmouth-...

“Abu Bakr relative is Christian”

Since: Jan 09

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#9 Feb 23, 2013
Pike wrote:
His name is not John Portsmouth, it is Ben Portsmouth. He is an ETA from England and he won the Ultimate Elvis Tribute contest last year. He has a facebook page http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ben-Portsmouth-...
Okay. I saw him at this link:


In my honest opinion, he is nothing special--he certainly doesn't have the WOW! factor. His looks are more similar to Elvis than a lot of impersonators, but his vocals are nothing special.

“Abu Bakr relative is Christian”

Since: Jan 09

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#10 Feb 23, 2013
I just want to follow-up on what I said above by stating that I'm not trying to knock Elvis impersonators; however, I don't think there has ever been an impersonator who is really so close to Elvis, as far as both looks and vocals, that he would be someone that automatically has the so-called "WOW!" factor. Some impersonators look more like Elvis and some sound more like Elvis. It just goes to show that despite the thousands of impersonators, Elvis was so unique that trying to mimic both his looks and voice are virtually impossible--and I'm sure that all Elvis impersonators would agree, except perhaps those that think to highly of themselves. I have yet to see an impersonator who even moves like Elvis while performing. Maybe I'm just too tough when it comes to comparing them to Elvis; however, I have come across a number of people who are so impressed by a particular impersonator who, in my opinion, is average.

As far as Ben Portsmouth, from those I have seen up to this pint, I think he is probably the best late 60s Elvis impersonator I have seen. I watched him sing 'If I Can Dream', which is not an easy song since it demands a lot of energy and a strong voice--and he did a good job. Frankly, I don't think I have seen any impersonator sing it as good as Portsmouth. But overall, to me he is okay as far as vocals. Simply put, trying to mimic Elvis is not easy because Elvis was clearly one of a kind.
King Elvis

Doonside, Australia

#11 Feb 23, 2013
Xcaliber wrote:
I have yet to see an impersonator who even moves like Elvis while performing. Maybe I'm just too tough when it comes to comparing them to Elvis; however, I have come across a number of people who are so impressed by a particular impersonator who, in my opinion, is average.
Agreed.

ETAs are all ridiculous, IMO. Average at best. Some look like him a bit, some even move like him a bit, but none are like him.

I believe ETAs tarnish the legacy, and I think it's a shame that EPE now sanctions an ETA competition each year.

ETAs (let's call them what they are - impersonators) are regarded by the general public as a joke.

I just don't get why people get excited over them. I've heard people say some of them are almost like seeing Elvis on stage.

Personally, I'd rather put on an album or DVD and enjoy the real thing, not some shadow of an echo of a photocopy of a distortion of an image.

Because that's all any ETA will ever be, and nothing more.

“Abu Bakr relative is Christian”

Since: Jan 09

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#12 Feb 23, 2013
King Elvis wrote:
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Agreed.
ETAs are all ridiculous, IMO. Average at best. Some look like him a bit, some even move like him a bit, but none are like him.
I believe ETAs tarnish the legacy, and I think it's a shame that EPE now sanctions an ETA competition each year.
ETAs (let's call them what they are - impersonators) are regarded by the general public as a joke.
I just don't get why people get excited over them. I've heard people say some of them are almost like seeing Elvis on stage.
Personally, I'd rather put on an album or DVD and enjoy the real thing, not some shadow of an echo of a photocopy of a distortion of an image.
Because that's all any ETA will ever be, and nothing more.
I wouldn't say impersonators tarnish Elvis's legacy since Elvis's legacy is assured no matter what; however, when I watch various impersonators I get the impression that they are too caught up in the Elvis act and are no longer being themselves. Even when some of them interview, it's like they're still on stage performing. This to me is when it gets to be too much. It might be that some of them have a naturally similar speaking voice, but it seems many (if not most) don't want to stop the act. To me, someone who is a real good Elvis impersonator will be himself and simply have natural Elvis-like qualities, both looks and vocally. I haven't seen it yet, and probably never will. Elvis, from what I understand, wasn't offended by impersonators, so it's not like EPE is going along with promoting Elvis impersonators knowing Elvis would have objected. Overall, I don't have a problem with impersonators, but I'm not easily impressed because when I compare them to Elvis I'm quickly reminded of how unique Elvis was and therefore the impersonators can't hold a candle to him. Having said this, I would be willing to watch a good impersonator, as I don't have anything against them.
Wow

Charleston, WV

#13 Feb 28, 2013
Can't believe you folks don't think Justin Shandor has THE WOW FACTOR - I saw a story on the internet that EPE even contacted his manager stating they had put a picture of Elvis on a paper advertising Justin. HOWS THAT - it was Justin.

Of all the Eta's he's awesome - he also sings other great entertainer's songs. Also he naturally looks like Elvis did other than makeup when he performs and I heard he did get BLUE contacts.

He performs with awesome bands but sounds great with just a small unknown band. Give credit where it is do. Shaw Klush appears to be the favorite of EPE yet, he is so fake - when he's off stage, does the "stutter" the lopsided smile - THE HUMBLE act - now that's disgusting. And on David Letterman, notice DAVID asked Justin to do an encore because the audience went WILD..

Also Bouke and Terry Jeffries do a great job and they dress in their regular clothes and keep their original hair, etc.
King Elvis

Doonside, Australia

#14 Feb 28, 2013
Wow wrote:
And on David Letterman, notice DAVID asked Justin to do an encore because the audience went WILD.
Letterman asked all five ETAs that week to do an encore, weren't you watching?

And Shandor is no better than the rest of 'em, ie they're all crap.

“Abu Bakr relative is Christian”

Since: Jan 09

Location hidden

#15 Feb 28, 2013
Wow wrote:
Can't believe you folks don't think Justin Shandor has THE WOW FACTOR - I saw a story on the internet that EPE even contacted his manager stating they had put a picture of Elvis on a paper advertising Justin. HOWS THAT - it was Justin.
I watch him singing Can't Help Falling in Love on Letterman and, in my opinion, he doesn't have the WOW factor. He's not bad, but he isn't so good that I would set him apart from other impersonators.

Wow

Charleston, WV

#16 Feb 28, 2013
To each his own. Justin appears more natural than any of them and he looks straight into the cameras and into the eyes of the audience just like Elvis did. He also talks more to the audience than other eta's do and gets them laughing.

I love him - I think he's going to become a legend himself

King Elvis - you don't like any IMPERSONATORS - so your opinin about any of them is the same - so why repeat yourself. They work hard - do you?
King Elvis

Doonside, Australia

#17 Feb 28, 2013
Wow wrote:
They work hard - do you?
Yes, on three jobs.

And much harder than any ETA out there.
xxxxx

London, UK

#18 Mar 1, 2013
King Elvis wrote:
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Yes, on three jobs.
And much harder than any ETA out there.
A paper round,

morning

evening and

night.

ha ha ha.

love from xxxxx.
King Elvis

Doonside, Australia

#19 Mar 1, 2013
xxxxx wrote:
<quoted text>
A paper round,
morning
evening and
night.
ha ha ha.
love from xxxxx.
Still eats you away that I exposed you instantly over your Elvis in England lie, I see.

Prick.
Plop Cromwell

Houston, TX

#22 Mar 2, 2013
No one portray Elvis better than Elvis.

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