July 27, 2007 10:19 AM by Joe Blackmon
In "The Next Best Thing: Who is the Greatest Celebrity Impersonator?," America’s vote was revealed! Trent Carlini as "Heartbreak Elvis" from Las Vegas, Nevada won the title of "The Next Best Thing" and the $100,000 grand prize in a live episode at the Orpheum Theatre. Judges Jeffrey Ross ("Comedy Central Roasts," "The Aristocrats"), Lisa Ann Walter ("The Parent Trap," "Shall We Dance?") and Elon Gold ("Stacked," "Cheaper By the Dozen") presided over the live event. Michele Merkin ("Foody Call," "Extreme Dodgeball") hosted the festivities.
Rounding out the four finalists were: Sebastian Anzaldo as Frank Sinatra (Omaha, Nebraska), Donny Edwards as "Blue Suede Elvis" (Las Vegas, Nevada), John Morgan as George W. Bush (Orlando, Florida) and Suzanne La Rusch as Lucille Ball (Los Angeles, California).
"The Next Best Thing" is produced by Peter Engel Productions Inc. and New Wave Entertainment. Peter Engel and Barry Katz serve as executive producers. Also executive-producing is the team of Fax Bahr and Adam Small ("The Jamie Kennedy Experience," "Mad TV"). Peter Engel has produced over one thousand episodes of weekly entertainment including the teen mega-hit "Saved By the Bell".