WHEN it involves Elvis enthusiasts, we couldn’t lend a hand falling in love with Freddie Rossi-Parish.
He started paying attention to the King as a child at his grandparents’ space, impressed through their Hound Dog-singing toy and now he has been topped The Sun on Sunday’s final Elvis fan.
The 31-year-old used to be all shook up once we known as to inform him he had netted our £10,000 vacation of an entire life in Memphis, Tennessee.
Freddie, a sports activities and recreational supervisor, who used to be at Victoria Station in London on the time, stated: “I’m leaping up and down – individuals are staring. I’m so, so happy to have gained this, I’m in surprise.
“Going to Memphis has all the time been on my bucket record. I sought after to head after I grew to become 30 however on account of Covid I wasn’t in a position to.
“When I get to Graceland and see Elvis’ grave I think I’ll burst into tears.”
Freddie were hooked at the mythical crooner since first listening to his grandparents’ Elvis toy canine belt out “You ain’t nothing but a hound dog” when its button used to be pressed.
Single Freddie, from Sutton, South London, used to be referred to as “The Elvis fan” right through college and would cross round making a song his favorite tracks.
A component as Elvis used to be even written into a faculty Christmas play for him.
He has attended Elvis conventions, occasions and concert events throughout the United Kingdom and in Benidorm and Vegas, and his Elvis Spotify playlist lasts 13 hours.
Freddie stated: “A lot of people are surprised when they hear I’m into Elvis. My party trick is to ask, ‘what’s your favourite Elvis song?’ and I’ll start singing it.”
Our judges, headed through avid Elvis fan Vernon Kay, have been started working after entries poured in to our quest for the highest Elvis fan or tribute artist
Vernon, 48, stated: “Freddie is an incredible winner. I’m really not stunned the reaction to this pageant has been massive.
“It’s a great go back and forth down reminiscence lane. You can’t lend a hand however get swept up through Elvis fever in Memphis and any alternative to talk over with anything else related to Elvis in his house the city is a dream come true.
“Elvis died in 1977. He was only 42. But listening to him is still a joy and it’s great to keep his music alive.”
Freddie indisputably embodies the musical icon’s love of circle of relatives as he’s going to be taking his sister, Polly, 21, with him on his VIP go back and forth.
The pair will jet off because of netflights.com, which compares budget-friendly flights to international locations.
A spokesperson for the web site, stated: “Well done Freddie! We’re super happy to send you to Memphis. We hope your trip has you All Shook Up with Burning Love. Don’t forget to pack your Blue Suede Shoes!”
There, the pair will revel in a Graceland Ultimate VIP excursion which takes in Elvis’ mansion, with complete get right of entry to to Elvis Presley’s Memphis Entertainment Complex.
They additionally get loose tickets to the Hound Dog Tour, a high- power live performance and sightseeing excursion.
A spokesman for the prize suppliers memphistravel.com and tupelo.internet stated: “Freddie will be following in Elvis’ footsteps from his first home in Tupelo to where it all began at Sun Studio and his final resting place at his beloved Graceland.”
Freddie can even get to file his personal monitor courtesy of song manufacturer Glenn Keiles.
Last evening Glenn stated: “What a worthy winner. I am very much looking forward to working with him in the studio recording his favourite Elvis track.”
But Freddie will have to take heed from Vernon and watch out to not get too tempted within the present store.
The small screen television presenter recalled: “I left the Elvis gift shop with an Elvis telephone, a couple of pieces of jewellery and a porcelain Elvis face mug. I spent a fortune, it’s an amazing experience.”