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PUBLISHED: 15:41 27 November 2008 | UPDATED: 15:46 25 August 2010
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JUST one woman stands in the way of a former estate agent reaching his West End dream – Elvis s daughter.
JUST one woman stands in the way of a former estate agent reaching his West End dream - Elvis's daughter.
Lee Jackson's Elvis impersonations have won him a place in the final audition to play the King of Rock and Roll on stage in a new West End show.
But the full-time impersonator, from Bexleyheath, will face a gruelling audition when faced with a judging panel which includes Lisa Marie Presley and Shakin' Stevens who played Elvis himself in a West End musical in the late '70s. Jackson, who now makes his living travelling the world performing Elvis covers for corporate clients, says he is nervous of impersonating the King in front of his daughter. He said: "I am really nervous but I am excited as well as I don't know how she is going to take me.
"It is quite scary as I don't know how I would feel if I was judging someone else who was trying to be my dad."
Jackson's first Elvis show was in his favourite pub - the Travellers Home in Long Lane, Bexleyheath, two years ago, to raise money for the charity Children in Need.
He said: "I was into rock and roll myself and I started styling my hair like and Elvis and then people said I really looked like him. I could sing anyway and so I got into it full-time."
Jackson, who used to work as an estate agent in Welling, won his heats last Sunday and will now be going through to the final in Essex on December 21.
He said: "It is fun being with people who like Elvis. It is nice to come out winning but everyone else did a good a job.
"I am looking forward to the final. But nobody can fill Elvis' shoes.