Boy who would be king has grans all shook up

Western Daily Press (Saturday) - - News - JACK NEW­MAN news@west­erndai­ly­

THESE cute pic­tures show how Bri­tain’s fastest ris­ing Elvis trib­ute act got hooked on The King - aged four.

The Western Daily Press re­ported last month how 15-year-old Emilio San­toro was al­ready mak­ing a name for him­self as an Elvis im­per­son­ator.

Emilio was in­tro­duced to ‘The King’ by his grand­par­ents when he was a tod­dler grow­ing up in We­ston­super-Mare.

And he then learned to copy his man­ner­isms by study­ing videos of Elvis.

Proud mum Emma has now opened up the fam­ily al­bum, show­ing pic­tures of Emilio in full Elvis garb from the ten­der age of four.

She said: “His grand­par­ents were ini­tially sur­prised that Emilio had latched onto Elvis at such a young age, which amused them but they love it and have al­ways en­cour­aged him.

“I’m a huge Elvis fan so it gave me great plea­sure in see­ing him love ev­ery­thing Elvis.

“I’m so proud that he has stayed true to him­self and didn’t fol­low the crowd and has ac­tu­ally made his friends aware of Elvis.”

Emilio now per­forms across the UK and Europe and he is head­ing to Mem­phis in 2019 as part of their Elvis Week.

There he will ful­fil his am­bi­tion and sing out­side Grace­land, Elvis’s home where he died in 1977.

Emilio said: “Most of my friends lis­ten to rap mu­sic and don’t un­der­stand why I like Elvis but my best friends are re­ally sup­port­ive and come to my per­for­mances. But most of my au­di­ences are at least in their 60s. At the last care home I per­formed at, I saw the women were quite mis­chievous and asked their carers to fetch their un­der­wear from their be­d­rooms and they then threw their big pants at me.”

15-year-old Emilio San­toro, pic­tured aged four, has even had knick­ers thrown at him at a care home gig

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