Elvis lookalikes descend on Birmingham for Europe's largest Elvis convention

Elvis tribute act Mark Cumberland. Image: Aaron Chown/PA

Friday, January 4, 2019

Elvis Presley lookalikes have descended on a hotel in Birmingham for the largest annual celebration of the musician in Europe.

Each year around 80 top Elvis tributes compete at the three-day convention at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel to be crowned European Champion

This year, there are 11 different countries represented, including Uruguay, Switzerland and Italy.

Impersonator Mark Cumberland arrives at the hotel. Image: Aaron Chown/PA

Entrants are judged 40 per cent on vocals, with appearance, stage presence and overall performance accounting for 20 per cent each.

The winner will be awarded a trophy and a slot to perform at next year's convention, as well as £1,000 in prize money.

Mark Summers as Elvis. Image: Aaron Chown/PA

The runner-up will receive £600 and the performer in third place will be awarded £400.

The event takes place on Elvis's birthday weekend. He was born on January 8, 1935.

Jeff Hermau an Elvis tribute act prepares to face the competition. Image: Aaron Chown/PA

The competition begins with four heats of 12 to 13 participants, who will each be asked to give a rendition of two of Elvis' classic hits, accompanied by a backing track.

Finals of the competition take place on Sunday evening, with finalists performing two songs with a house band.