A Louisiana man with not much experience as an Elvis impersonator won the CSRA King of the World competition.
Jay Dupuis of Baton Rouge performed Elvis Presley’s That’s Alright Mama, I Can’t Stop Loving You, One Night With You, and Suspicious Minds.
The 10 competitors were judged in three categories Saturday: appearance, performance and vocals. For winning, Dupuis received $1,200 in cash, $1,300 in prizes and was automatically qualified for the King of the World competition during Elvis Week, held in August in observance of the anniversary of his death, in Memphis, Tenn.
The 38-year-old Dupuis is fairly new to the Elvis impersonator world, having started only three years ago. In his first year, he entered the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest in Memphis and finished third. After the show, a theater owner approached him for a full-time gig.
This weekend was Dupuis’ first time competing in Augusta.
“I had a good time,” he said. “I thought the fans were great. They gave us a lot of support and were ready to have fun.”
He said at some contests the fans stand around with their arms crossed and have a look like, “impress me.” But in Augusta, the crowd was as excited as the competitors.
Dupuis was a service technician for an alarm system company until that fateful contest three years ago. Now he is all Elvis, all the time.
“I will do it as long and I am able,” he said.
Coming in second was David Lee of Birmingham, Ala. Lee started impersonating Elvis in 1996.
Third was a tie between Alex Swindle, 17, also of Birmingham, and Jason Sikes of Gloverville.