Celebrity impersonators gather in Vegas

Feb. 22, 2012 at 3:38 PM

LAS VEGAS, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Dozens of celebrity impersonators garbed as famous folks including Sean Connery, Cher, Willie Nelson and Frank Sinatra gathered in Las Vegas for a convention.

Organizers of the 21st Celebrity Impersonator Convention at the Golden Nugget said the event Monday and Tuesday helps participants trade tips, book gigs and socialize with like-minded -- and in some cases, like-dressed -- people, the Las Vegas Sun reported Wednesday.

This year's event featured people dressed as a wide range of celebrities, including Dr. Phil, Whoopi Goldberg and multiple Sinatras and Neil Diamonds.

Monday night's festivities included the Reel Awards, a red carpet event honoring excellence in celebrity impersonation. Tuesday featured Vegas Tribute Idol, a competition for the impersonators to test their skills against one another.

"You'd think one Neil Diamond against another Neil Diamond would turn into a competitive thing, but it's not," competitor Jason Scott of Canada said. "It becomes a supportive thing."

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