Elvis World Cup

Football might be hogging the media limelight right now, but Elvis fans weren't deterred last weekend during The in Cardiff. Twelve national qualifiers took to the stage at the inaugural event, which took place at St. David's Hall in front of a sold out crowd.


If you think you can just whip on a jump suit, comb yourself a quiff and be the next Elvis World Champ, you'll be surprised. Emulating The King demands a dynamic performance. Each finalist has to sing three Elvis hits of their choice, accompanied by the renowned Elvis cover band 'Red Alert'. Contestants are marked on the quality of their voice, their movements, stage presence, audience engagement and overall 'Tribute To Elvis'. The last category gives you points for bringing something extra special special to the show, a bit like the X-factor you hear judges talking about on Idols and Britain's Got Talent.

There were some surprise results amongst the top finishers. Ireland's Tom Gilson caused a major upset with his third place finish, going into the Cup with 10/1 odds.

The second youngest competitor in the tournament, Malta's Gordon Elvis, showed everyone that he has the makings of a true champion, with a second place finish over his more experienced peers.

In the end it was Scotland's Johnny Lee Memphis who won the night. The 35 year old from Stirling used his snakey hips and buttered vocals to woo the crowd and judges on all fronts, with a flawless performance of Amazing Grace, Big Boss Man and My Way. Memphis Lee was nothing but humble accepting the crown, dedicating it to the honor of his country. "I can't believe I won, said an overwhelmed Lee Memphis. "I truly am all shook up... this is an unexpected little victory for the nation."

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Clayton Truscott

Clayton Truscott

Clayton is a comfortable traveller, having grown up in a small city that was far away from everything. He spent lots of time in the car as a child, driving up and down the coast of South Africa on surfing trips with his family. After studying abroad in the United States and spending a year working in London, he moved to Cape Town, where he completed a Master's Degree in Creative Writing. He now works as a freelance writer for various travel, surfing and action sports publications.