"THE NEXT BEST THING: WHO IS THE GREATEST CELEBRITY IMPERSONATOR?"
WINNER IS ANNOUNCED, LIVE AT THE ORPHEUM THEATRE,
WEDNESDAY, JULY 25 ON THE ABC TELEVISION NETWORK
"Episode 108" � In "The Next Best Thing: Who is the Greatest Celebrity Impersonator?," America's vote is revealed in a live episode at the Orpheum Theatre, WEDNESDAY, JULY 25 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. The panel of razor sharp judges are -- Jeffrey Ross ("Comedy Central Roasts," "The Aristocrats"), Lisa Ann Walter ("The Parent Trap," "Shall We Dance?") and Elon Gold ("Stacked," "Cheaper by the Dozen"). Michele Merkin ("Foody Call," "Extreme Dodgeball") is the host.
The 10 finalists are: Cookie Watkins as Tina Turner, John Morgan as George W. Bush, Donny Edwards as Blue Suede Elvis, Suzanne La Rusch as Lucille Ball, Natalie Reid as Paris Hilton, Garry Moore as Little Richard, Sharon Owens as Barbra Steisand, Trent Carlini as Heartbreak Elvis, Roger Kabler as Robin Williams and Sebastian Anzaldo as Frank Sinatra.
In this live episode, the finalists will be performing in pairs � singers will sing duets, and non-singers will perform skits. The results of America's vote will then be announced and the winning celebrity will be crowned "The Next Best Thing." The winner will also receive a grand prize of $100,000.
"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".
New Wave Entertainment is a premier content development and production enterprise and one of the entertainment industry�s largest entertainment marketing and creative services agencies. Burbank-based New Wave is owned by principals Paul Apel and Alan Baral.
"The Next Best Thing: Who is the Greatest Celebrity Impersonator?" is broadcast with Spanish subtitles via secondary closed captioning. A TV parental guideline will be posted closer to airdate.