World record attempt in Elvis singing underway in Oslo

Kjell Elvis (Kjell Henning Bjørnestad)Kjell Elvis (Kjell Henning Bjørnestad): Fredrik Hagen / NTB scanpix
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The world record in Elvis singing is under threat. For 50 hours, Norwegian Kjell Elvis will try to sing his way into Guinness’ record book.

Thursday morning at 8 was the kick-off at The Scotsman on Karl Johans gate in Oslo, where 52-year-old Kjell Elvis is scheduled to sing Elvis songs until Saturday at 11.

“He is well underway and stands and jumps and bounces,” said manager Helge Johansen to NTB at 10 o’clock.

Fears burnout
But the manager does not hide that it can be challenging to keep going for two days.

“I said he had to remember not to get completely burnt out too soon. But he didn’t succeed when fans and journalists had turned up, and he started with the karate kicks right away,” says the manager.

“But burnout is my concern. He is not worried,” Johansen adds.

Solidly prepared
The manager emphasizes that they have made careful preparations, and that Kjell Elvis is well equipped to make it through the next 50 hours.

“There has been no Elvis diet, so to speak,” Johansen emphasizes, who adds that a doctor and nutritionist are also present.

If Kjell Elvis lasts the entire duration, he will have broken the current record in Elvis singing of 43 hours, 11 minutes and 11 seconds. The record has stood for 16 years, and was set by German Thomas “Curtis” Gäthje.

In addition to being an Elvis enthusiast, Kjell Elvis is also an ambassador for the non-profit White Lily Foundation, and the ambitious world record attempt also aims to raise money to build a new hospital for refugees in Myanmar.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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