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Muswell Hill man makes semi-finals of world’s best Elvis act

PUBLISHED: 15:40 26 July 2011 | UPDATED: 16:15 26 July 2011

Mario Kombou will compete in the semi-finals on August 11.

Mario Kombou will compete in the semi-finals on August 11.

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Singer Mario Kombou - a dead ringer for The King - is hoping to be recognised as the best Elvis impersonator in the world.

The 46-year-old, of The Avenue, Muswell Hill, is heading for the icon’s hometown of Memphis to compete in the semi-finals of the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Act contest on Thursday, August 11.

Describing the atmosphere back stage as a “battle of the side burns”, Mr Kombou is one of just four UK acts to make it through to the final 23 artists.

He said: “It’s tough because you go through and you have to try and beat a lot of American impersonators on their home turf.”

The lifelong Elvis fan, who has trained as an actor, has been working as a tribute act for 17 years. If successful he will win $20,000 and the coveted crown of the best Elvis tribute act.

Describing the enduring appeal of the rock ‘n’ roll legend, he said: “Women liked his sex appeal and charisma, but vocally he has the strongest voice. There is an Elvis song for every mood.”

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