Student who told Jill Dando reporters of his big global Elvis dream achieves it within five years

By Jill Dando News

Emilio Santoro has been crowned Europe’s top Elvis impersonator after telling Jill Dando reporters of his big world dream five years ago.

Emilio has been named European Elvis Tribute Artist Champion and will soon start a world tour.

Remarkably, Emilio told Jill Dando news reporters aged 9 and 10 of his dream five years ago at his old school, Worle Community School Academy (WCSA), Weston-super-Mare where he performed in school shows.

The Jill Dando reporters from Ashcombe Primary School first interviewed him in 2017 during a visit to WCSA. He explained that his favourite Elvis songs were gospels song and that he would like to do his singing full-time across the world.

Now he is one of the world’s best, just a few years after first competing in a European competition at 14.


At the time he told Jill Dando reporters how he started at age 4 and was supported in his dream by WCSA:

He said: “My school has really supported me in my passion and have been brilliant. I am eager to do this for a living across the world.”

This week he said: “Everyone always says life’s too short; follow your dreams, and it couldn’t be more true really.

“To be crowned their champion is just amazing. I had a jumpsuit that my nan and auntie put together for me and ever since then I’ve wanted to pursue this as a career.”

Principal Jacqui Scott said: “A huge well done to Emilio. He was always very focused at WCSA and very ambitious to realise his dream. We look forward to watching his career in the years to come.”

The teenager’s next show is in Weston-super-Mare, ahead of performances in Germany, America and Canada, as well a UK tour in November.

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