I am the #1 Elvis fan in the UK – I have been obsessed with him since I was five years old and I will cry when I see his grave.

WHEN it comes to Elvis fans, we couldn’t help but fall in love with Freddie Rossi-Paris.

He started listening to The King as a child at his grandparents’ house, inspired by their Hound Dog singing toy, and has now been crowned Elvis’ top fan by Kristen Bell Tattoos on Sunday.

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When it comes to Elvis fans, we can’t help but fall in love with Freddie Rossi-Paris.Credit: Darren Fletcher
He began listening to the king as a child at his grandparents' house.

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He began listening to the king as a child at his grandparents’ house.Credit: Darren Fletcher

The 31-year-old was shocked when we called him to let him know that he had won £10,000 on a vacation in Memphis, Tennessee, for his entire life.

Freddie, a sports and recreation manager who was at Victoria Station in London at the time, said: “I jump up and down – people are watching. I’m so, so glad I won this, I’m in shock.

“A trip to Memphis has always been on my wish list. I wanted to go when I turn 30 but due to Covid I couldn’t.

“When I get to Graceland and see Elvis’ grave, I think I’m going to cry.”

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Freddie has been hooked on the legendary crooner since the first time he heard his grandparents Elvis’ toy dog ​​belt yell “You’re nothing but a hunting dog” when its button was pressed.

Single Freddie from Sutton, South London was known at school as an “Elvis fan” and sang his favorite tracks.

The role of Elvis was even written for him in a school Christmas play.

He has attended Elvis conventions, events and concerts across the UK, as well as in Benidorm and Vegas, and his Elvis Spotify playlist is 13 hours long.

Freddie said: “A lot of people are surprised when they hear that I’m into Elvis. My party trick is to ask, “What’s your favorite Elvis song?” and I’ll start singing it.”

Our judges, led by avid Elvis fan Vernon Kay, got to work after applications for the best Elvis fan or tribute artist rained down on our search.

Vernon, 48, said: “Freddie is a fantastic winner. I’m not surprised that the response to this competition has been huge.

“This is an amazing trip down memory lane. You can’t help but get caught up in the Elvis fever in Memphis and any opportunity to visit anything Elvis related in his hometown is a dream come true.

Elvis died in 1977. He was only 42 years old. But it’s still a pleasure to listen to him, and it’s great that his music lives on.”

Freddie certainly epitomizes the music icon’s love for family as he will be taking his 21-year-old sister Polly with him on his VIP trip.

The pair will fly thanks to netflights.com, which compares cheap flights around the world.

A spokesperson for the site said, “Well done, Freddy! We are very happy to send you to Memphis. We hope that your trip has filled you with burning love. Don’t forget to pack your blue suede shoes!”

There, the couple will enjoy the Graceland Ultimate VIP tour, which takes place at the Elvis Mansion with full access to the Elvis Presley entertainment complex in Memphis.

They also receive free tickets to the Hound Dog Tour, an energetic concert and a sightseeing tour.

A spokesman for prize providers memphistravel.com and tupelo.net said: “Freddie will follow in Elvis’ footsteps from his first home in Tupelo to where it all began at the Sun Studio and his final resting place in his beloved Graceland.”

Freddie will also record his own track thanks to music producer Glenn Cales.

Last night Glenn said, “What a worthy winner. I look forward to working with him in the studio on his favorite Elvis track.”

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But Freddie should listen to Vernon and be careful not to get too tempted in the gift shop.

The TV presenter recalled: “I walked out of the Elvis gift shop with Elvis’ phone, a couple of pieces of jewelry, and a china mug for Elvis’ face. I spent a fortune, it’s an amazing experience.”

Freddie attended Elvis conventions, events and concerts throughout the UK, as well as in Benidorm and Vegas.

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Freddie attended Elvis conventions, events and concerts throughout the UK, as well as in Benidorm and Vegas.Credit: Moviepix – Getty
Freddie said:

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Freddie said: “A lot of people are surprised when they hear that I’m into Elvis.”Credit: Darren Fletcher
Freddie was inspired by his grandparents' singing toy the Hound Dog.

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Freddie was inspired by his grandparents’ singing toy the Hound Dog.Credit: Darren Fletcher

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