Celebrity Impersonators & Tribute Artists Celebrate at the Reel Awards Convention

013-DSC_0563Written & Photos by Nikki Artale

The 22nd production of the Reel Awards came back once again in Las Vegas on February 22, 2016 at the Golden Nugget Hotel by the Co-Founders and Producers, Janna Joos and Alana Joos. The production started in 1989 as an awards show that starred VIP Celebrity Impersonators, Look-Alikes and Tribute Artists. The conventions brings together the best of the celebrity impersonators for the Reel Awards and to honor them for their talents. www.thereelawards.com

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After a 3 year hiatus Janna & Alana Joos brought back the convention and thanked their proud sponsor “Stars in Concert” for his encouragement to bring back the show.  Producer Bernhard Kurz is a leading expert for tribute shows and he has produced Stars in Concert since 1997 in Berlin, Germany. Bernhard Kurz was a guest speaker at the seminars and you could hear a pin drop as he spoke to the attendees and shared his priceless knowledge. Bernhard received the reel award for best Director/Producer. www.stars-in-concert.com

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Alana Joos & Janna Joos

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Nikki Artale & Bernhard Kurz

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Look-Alikes, Sound-Alikes and Tribute Artists from around the world attended the Red Carpet, performed on the stage in the Gordie Brown Showroom and nightly on the First Street Stage. Dee Dee Hanson as Joan Rivers, introduced everyone on the Red Carpet and did a fabulous job as Joan Rivers.

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George Kane

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Keith George

Some of the winners were Best Actor: Ronnie Rodriguez as Johnny Depp

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Pop & Rock for Reel: Bill Pantazis as George Michael

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Impersonator You Love to Work With: Bettina Williams as Whoopie Goldberg. Bettina co-hosted the award presentation with Marcel Forestieri who was an excellent Donald Trump.

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R & B Feelin’ Good: Samira as Tina Turner

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Outstanding performances and perfect likeness to the stars were Sandy Vee Anderson as Dolly Parton and Tierney Allen as Lady Gaga. I love both these ladies and the stars they pay tribute to.  It is truly a joy to watch these performers become the stars as our love and our hearts open up to them.

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Tierney Allen

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Sandy Vee Anderson

A special moment came when I discovered there were two hot Greek Men in the show and as you all know I am Greek, I was very excited to spend some time with them and have them on each side of me for the photo.

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Bill Pantazis (George Michael) & George Thomas (Elvis)

I was most impressed with Natalia Faircloth who was a Michael Jackson Impersonator. Natalia is a 12 year old girl who is so precious and sweet and a bundle of talent. She performs in many schools and is a voice for Bully Busters 702 Kids Radio, A radio show hosted by kids for kids.  Natalia is a child star who is definitely going places.

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The Celebrity Impersonators Convention was a place to network, learn and attend valuable seminars by the best in the business. It is a time to recognize the outstanding individuals who pay tribute as celebrity impersonators from all over the world.

Lights! Camera! Action! See you next year at the Red Carpet and Awards Show.

 

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