A 32-year old car mechanic has won Colombia's offbeat "Barack Obama Lookalike" competition. The man, Carlos Alberto Perez, says he joined after his boss and co-workers pressured him. "I came because my boss made me and the people I work with also told me to go," he said. For Perez, the competition was preceded by a 1,000 mile journey. When he arrived, contestants were escorted by men dressed like members of the Secret Service. As Sky News reported:
After taking to the stage, the five black-suited contestants sashayed and turned for the judges but Mr Perez...took top prize as Barack Obama. Event organiser Silvio Carrasquillo said: 'There are a number of characteristics we look for - skin color and the eyebrows.' But according to Mr Carrasquillo, a perfect presidential head shape was the winning element for Mr Perez. 'There is part of Obama's head like a little ball, in the back, and Carlos has the profile.'
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Though Carlos Perez said he is "very happy with all of this," he complained that the prize money didn't cover the cost of his journey home.