ABC's 'The Next Best Thing' reveals its Top 10 impersonator finalists
By Christopher Rocchio, 07/12/2007
ABC's The Next Best Thing: Who is the Greatest Celebrity Impersonator? reality series has revealed the Top 10 finalists of its search to find America's best celebrity impersonator.
The Next Best Thing's first four episodes began with coverage of the shw's spring auditions in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, New York City and Orlando. During the next two episodes, the 28 impersonators that where selected to compete in the competition's semifinals were split into two groups that performed for a studio audience that included the show's three judges -- stand-up-comedian and actor Jeffrey Ross; Jeff Goldblum impersonator and comedian Elon Gold; as well as actress and comedian Lisa Ann Walterhad.
After the first group of 14 performed on The Next Best Thing's June 27 broadcast, the judges selected the competition's first five finalists. Following a Fourth of July hiatus, Wednesday night's The Next Best Thingbroadcast featured the selection of the competition's five other finalists.
The Next Best Things's Top 10 finalists -- as well as the celebrities they impersonate -- are: Natalie Reid as The Simple Life star and recently paroled Paris Hilton; John Morgan as U.S. President George W. Bush; Donny Edwards as singer Elvis Presley; Trent Carlini, also as Elvis; Suzanne La Rusch as actress Lucille Ball; Cookie Watkins as singer Tina Turner; Garry Moore as singer Little Richard; Sharon Owens as singer Barbra Streisand; Roger Kabler as comedian Robin Williams; and Sebastian Anzaldo as crooner Frank Sinatra.
During next Wednesday's broadcast of The Next Best Thing at 8PM ET/PT, the impersonators' fates will be in the hands of America, with the Top 10 finalists delivering their final performances for home viewers who will then be able to cast their vote to determine which will be crowned "The Next Best Thing" and also receive the $100,000 grand prize.