Elvis tribute act set to shake up rivals

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Elvis tribute act Fisher Stevens is all shook up after being invited to take part in a three-day celebration of The King and his music in America in October.

He is just one of 20 Elvis impersonators who have been asked to take part in the 35th Pocono Mountains Elvis Festival in Bushkill, Pennsylvania.

Four years ago Fisher was working as a sales manager for a firm in Milton Keynes when he decided to give up his day job and work full-time on his Elvis and Neil Diamond tribute acts – and he’s never looked back.

He stopped being Billy Fisher, took on the stage name Fisher Stevens and the bookings have just kept rolling in.

Billy, 45, who lives in Weldon with his wife Tanya and boys Callum, nine, and Ryan, seven, said: “It’s been amazing. I started doing my tribute acts in July 2008.

“After that I landed the part of Elvis in London in Cooking with Elvis in 2009 and then worked for Thompson cruises that year and in 2010. I’ve performed in Spain, Florida, Kuwait, Ireland and Denmark.

“The invitation to take part in the Pocono Mountains Festival came after I took part in another Elvis competition in Wales this year.

“It’s just amazing and a real honour.

“I’ve paid for my ticket but the festival organisers will meet all my other expenses and there’s a chance I could go on to be in the Ultimate Elvis Competition next year in America.”

In January this year Billy was placed fourth in Europe’s largest Elvis competition at the NEC in Birmingham and he has also been asked to represent Scotland in the Four Nations Elvis Contest in Dundalk in Ireland in November.

He said: “It was a big decision when I gave up my job to do this full-time but’s it’s been marvellous.

“I travel all over the country to appear at tribute nights, parties, birthday celebrations and even in restaurants.”

He’ll be shaking his hips for local fans when he appears at the Best Western Rockingham Forest Hotel in Corby on Saturday with his legends of Las Vegas show, starring as both Elvis and Neil Diamond.

Tickets are £8 from the hotel or £10 on the door and the entertainment starts at 7.30pm.