Champion Ben Portsmouth

 

2010 Images of the King Champion

Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist

Ben Portsmouth

Ben will be headlining Tuesday’s Showcase at the 2013 Images of the King.

 

A multi talented musician, singer and songwriter, Ben had Elvis in his blood from an early age. His father was an avid Elvis fan and Ben grew up on a diet of Elvis songs. Having honed his musical talent Ben started his journey as an Elvis Tribute Artist in 2005 when he formed the “Taking care of Elvis” band.

In 2006 Ben was voted the best Elvis at the prestigious international Elvis festival at Porthcawl Wales, the largest of its kind in Europe. He was the youngest competitor and was the total opposite to the stereotypical Elvis impersonator – he was sexy, didn’t need a wig and was wearing the most authentic outfits flown in from America.

 

Success in the UK was followed by success in Europe and Ben qualified to represent Europe in the final of the “Images of the King” contest in Memphis 2010 to find the World Champion Elvis Tribute Artist. It was a daunting task to be competing against the best Elvis Tribute artists in what is effectively Elvis’s backyard. However Ben was up to the task, inspired no doubt by his first visit to Graceland. Ben was voted World Champion ETA by both the judges and the public vote.

 

When Ben returned to the USA some months later and won again at the Pocono Mountains Elvis Festival the global Elvis industry sat up and took notice. No Elvis Tribute Artist had made a first time appearance at two consecutive major festivals in America and walked away the winner of both.

 

In 2012 Ben became the Collingwood Elvis Festival’s champion which qualified him for a spot in the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest finals in Memphis. Up against 26 of the Top Tribute Artists in the world, Ben’s talent and personality shown through and he took the title.

 

Ben continues to tour Europe, South America and North America representing the life and music of Elvis Presley with joy and enthusiasm.