20 May 2010

Waitomo teenager named top Elvis impersonator

8:31 pm on 20 May 2010

Stephen Tihi-Koroheke admits there's not a lot of Elvis on his iPod, but the Waitomo teenager has just been named New Zealand's top Presley impersonator.

The 18-year-old from Maniapoto and Tuhoe was encouraged to enter the national competition in Upper Hutt after his performance of an Elvis number on Maori Television's karaoke show Homai Te Pakipaki caught the eye of Memories of Elvis fan club member Jackie Bridges.

The newly crowned king told Waatea News that sequinned Las-Vegas-style jumpsuits aren't his thing, so he took the stage as army-era Elvis.

Stephen Tihi-Koroheke will head to Queensland later this year to get all shook up against 30 other Elvis tribute artists.