In 2007, Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. announced an inaugural Elvis tribute artist contest event that was a search for the “best representation of the legacy of Elvis Presley.” Twenty-four of the best ETAs from around the world, who had each won a preliminary round of the competition, traveled to Memphis during Elvis Week 2007 to compete, with Shawn Klush
of Pennsylvania winning the first-ever ultimate title.
In response to the excitement generated by the 2007 contest, Elvis Presley Enterprises brought the contest back in 2008, 2009 and 2010 with winners of preliminary contests traveling to Memphis in August to compete. Brandon Bennett
from Louisiana won the ultimate title during Elvis Week 2008, Bill Cherry
from Illinois was the 2009 winner, Justin Shandor
from Michigan won in 2010, Cody Slaughter
from Arkansas took home the title in 2011, and Ben Portsmouth
from England who became the first international winner in 2012.
In this section, see results of past preliminary winners, top 10 finalists and semifinalists from 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008