Preview: Lounge lizards vie for first place in Fortune Valley's It's Vegas, Baby! contest

Over the last couple of weeks, about twenty would-be contestants took a chance and submitted video auditions for Fortune Valley Hotel and Casino's It's Vegas, Baby! lounge act contest, which sought parodists, comedians, singers, burlesque performers, magicians and other performers of the ilk. The winner will get a gig at Fortune Valley, probably early next year, as well as a cash prize. "Some of them were pretty much America's Got Talent," says spokeswoman Meghan Dougherty of the contestants. "But we really do appreciate their willingness to put themselves out there."

The top three finalists will perform live tomorrow evening at 8 p.m. at the hot-rods-&-babes fest Carnage on Larimer, which takes over three blocks of Larimer Street between 30th and 33rd streets from 1 to 10 p.m.

As an example of what to expect, Paul Torres of Longmont won last year for this Elvis impersonation:

And here's a preview of two of this year's competing acts:

Allen "The Lounge Guy" Bennett does Sinatra:

Susan "Not That Susan Boyle" Boyle (aka Suzie B) does, um, herself! at this link.

Plus, just for good measure, here's a look at last year's Carnage on Larimer:

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