CNN photo shows Whitney impersonator

July 31, 2012 at 11:38 AM
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NEW YORK, July 31 (UPI) -- A German man who works as a Whitney Houston impersonator said business is booming following a CNN mix-up labeling his picture as the late singer's.

Ikenna Amaechi of Berlin said in New York his popularity has skyrocketed ever since CNN's Piers Morgan show mistakenly showed his picture in a series of photos of Whitney Houston, The reported Tuesday.

"It must have been horribly embarrassing for them, I mean they must have many people working on a show like that [the Piers Morgan show]," Amaechi said. "My phone has been red hot the whole time, with calls from around the world asking about this. It's amazing what a reaction there has been.

"The first thing I thought was what an awful mistake to make. I watch the Piers Morgan show sometimes and because I knew he was going to be talking with LL Cool J about last February when she died, I recorded it and decided to watch. There were five pictures of Whitney there, but the third one was actually me," he said.

"I didn't even notice at first, but then I thought, hang on ... And I thought, I don't drink or take drugs, perhaps I'm having a stroke. I couldn't believe it. The second thing I thought was what would her family think? And then my mother said, 'Even in heaven Whitney has a sense of humor, look what she has done for you,'" Amaechi said.

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