Weston-super-mare teenager crowned as Europe’s top Elvis impersonator

Coronation of a new king! The British teenager, 19, has been named Europe’s best Elvis impersonator – after he started imitating the star at the age of four.

  • Emilio Santoro of Weston-super-Marie crowned the European Champion at Elvis
  • The 19-year-old said the win was a “dream come true” after years spent glorifying the king.
  • The photos show Emilio’s first impressions of the legendary rocker at the age of four
  • He performed as Elvis during school talent shows, competing for the first time at the age of 14










A British teenager who started the tradition of “The King of Rock and Roll” as a child has been named the best Elvis impersonator in Europe.

19-year-old Emilio Santoro, of Weston-super-Marie in Somerset, was crowned Elvis’s European Artist of Honors 2022 title at a gala in Birmingham.

Emilio, who started impersonating Elvis at the age of four after his grandparents introduced him to the legendary musician, said that being named the best Elvis in Europe was a “dream come true”.

Emilio began to learn about his mannerisms by studying videos of the famous rock star, and even showcased his style in a homemade jumpsuit in the style of “King”.

He went on to perform as Elvis during school talent shows, competing in his first competition on the continent as a 14-year-old, admitting that he was left “trembling like a leaf”.

19-year-old Emilio Santoro, of Weston-super-Mare in Somerset, was crowned Elvis’ European Artist of the Year 2022 at a ceremony in Birmingham.

Four-year-old Emilio Santoro wearing the full Elvis Presley costume he got from the family for Christmas in 2006

Four-year-old Emilio Santoro wearing the full Elvis Presley costume he got from the family for Christmas in 2006

Emilio Santoro in an Elvis costume

Elvis Presley standing for GI Blues in 1960

Emilio, who started impersonating Elvis (right) at the age of four after his grandparents introduced him to the legendary musician, said being named the best Elvis in Europe was a “dream come true”.

Held annually on Elvis’ birthday weekend, the Elvis European Championships and Conference see dozens of honors battling for the title of European Champion.

The event, which took place at the Metropole Hotel in Birmingham, is understood to be among Europe’s largest annual Elvis impersonation competitions.

Emilio told the BBC of his win: ‘Everyone always says life is too short – follow your dreams, it can’t be real anymore. Being crowned a champion is amazing.

“I had a jumpsuit that my aunt and uncle gave me, and since then I have wanted to pursue this business as a profession.

“All the supportive messages on social media have been very humble.”

Emilio went on to play Elvis during school talent shows, competing in his first competition on the continent at the age of 14, where he admitted that he left

Emilio went on to play Elvis during school talent shows, competing in his first competition on the continent at the age of 14, where he admitted that he was left “trembling like a leaf”.

Emilio, who was then seven years old, was photographed wearing a gold suit in the style of his idol Elvis Presley

Emilio, who was then seven years old, was photographed wearing a gold suit in the style of his idol Elvis Presley

Emilio (third from left) is pictured alongside his teammates' honoring actions during the Elvis European Championship and Conference in Birmingham on January 7.

Emilio (third from left) is pictured alongside his teammates’ honoring actions during the Elvis European Championship and Conference in Birmingham on January 7.

Emilio initially became interested in legendary rock music due to his distinctive appearance and the way he performed on stage that he learned to imitate.

The teenager’s next show is in his hometown, before shows in Germany, America and Canada, as well as a tour of the United Kingdom in November.

He added: ‘It’s just starting to sink in now. I had a dream since I was young and wanted to be on stage.

“At first I was nervous to achieve this dream but luckily I have a family behind me and since then I have never looked back.”

Emilio first became interested in legendary rock music due to his famous appearance and the way he presented on stage which he learned to imitate.

Emilio first became interested in legendary rock music due to his famous appearance and the way he presented on stage which he learned to imitate.

Neither of Emilio’s parents have a musical background with his mother, Emma Santoro, who is a business manager at a catering company, and her husband, Joe, self-employed.

Emma said she was an “emotional wreck” watching her son in competition but he “blew us away”.

“We’ve watched him, helped train him, see the hours he puts in, so to see him finally get recognition is amazing,” she said.

His grandparents were initially surprised that Emilio had peed on Elvis at such a young age, which amazed them but always loved and encouraged him.

I am a huge fan of Elvis, so I was pleased to see him love everything Elvis.

“I’m very proud that he has stayed true to himself and hasn’t followed the crowd and has already made his friends familiar with Elvis.”

Emilio said he prefers singing Elvis gospel music and lesser known folk poems but fans love her.

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