The Next Best Thing (Courtesy Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
The Next Best Thing: Who Is the Greatest Celebrity Impersonator? is an American reality TV series competition of celebrity impersonators with a grand prize of $100,000. It was hosted by Michele Merkin. The judges were Jeffrey Ross, Elon Gold and Lisa Ann Walter; ultimately, the winner was chosen by viewer voting. The eight-episode series debuted May 30, 2007 on the ABC television network and ended the same year.
Of the 30 semi-finalists, the judges chose the following 10 to be finalists:
Order of finish
American viewers voted, and ranked the finalists in the following order:
As the winner, Trent Carlini received $100,000.
The ten finalists of season 1 included two Elvis Presley impersonators; to reduce confusion, they were named "Blue Suede Elvis" (Donny Edwards) and "Heartbreak Elvis" (Trent Carlini), after the songs "Blue Suede Shoes" and "Heartbreak Hotel."
Little Richard appeared as a "surprise celebrity guest" in the last episode of season 1 (#108).