Celebrity Impersonator Convention

Celebrity Impersonator Convention

Photos by Nikki Artale

The Reel Awards 21st Annual event was held at the Golden Nugget on February 19-22, 2012 and tribute artists from all over the world gathered for over four days of fun. Co-founders and producers, Janna Joos and Alana Joos once again did a fabulous job putting the impersonators convention together.

                              Dee Dee Hanson, Janna Joos & Alana Joos

Talent showcases were held for the tribute artists and the look-alikes along with the award presentations. The top three performances were selected to open the Country Superstars Show at the Golden Nugget on February 21st. One of the winners was Dave La Fame, as Tom Jones. Dave comes to us from Canada and he was great with his singing and his sexy Tom Jones gyrations.

Dave La Fame

Many well deserved awards were given to the best tribute artists and look-alikes in the business.

 Gene Greytak Most Professional Impersonator:Sherie Rae Parker, as Bette Midler

 Rising Star: Rob Anderson as Criss Angel.

 Impersonator you love to work with was Richard Hampton as Kenny Rogers.

Fans gathered on Freemont Street for the Red Carpet and fans were excited to meet and take photos with the look-alikes. Dee Dee Hanson, as Joan Rivers, hosted the Red Carpet event, interviewed all the talent and did a great hosting job. The tribute artists are very talented and many are sought out to do corporate shows and private parties. Getting a lot of attention was the fabulous looking Kiss Band.

Paul Shire showed his love and affection with a kiss, to his wife Janet Valentine, a Marilyn Monroe Impersonator.

Paul Shire & Janet Valentine

Also walking the red carpet was Bethany Owen, who has a one woman show “The Voice”, in the Kings Room at the Rio Hotel. Her impressions of many famous women get her standing ovations everyday in her show.

 Jim Whirlow, Roy Hammock & Bethany Owen)

Always our favorites are Cher, Robert DeNiro, Oprah and Dr. Phil.

Bonnie Kilroe

Robert Nash


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