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Record Number of Preliminary Contests Announced for 2012 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest

January 25, 2012



A record number of preliminary contests will be taking place around the world as part of the sixth annual search for the “Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist.” Contestants will be chosen at licensed preliminary venues being held at fairs, festivals, theaters and other venues.  The semifinal rounds and final round will be held during Elvis Week 2012 which will take place in Memphis, August 10 - 18, 2012.

“In 2012, during the 35th anniversary, you’ll see Elvis’ life and legacy celebrated with concerts, festivals, special events and unique product releases taking place in countries around the world,” said Scott Williams, Vice President of Marketing and Media for EPE. “These contests give Elvis fans worldwide an opportunity to experience his music in a fun and unique way that we’ve seen continue to grow in popularity.”  

Judges at each venue will look for the “best representation of the Elvis legacy” in vocals, style, stage wear and stage presence.  The best overall performer will be named the “2012 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist.”

In addition to the preliminary contests, fans can also enjoy some of the previous ultimate Elvis tribute artists on tour now in Elvis Lives: The Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Event , which is performing in 29 U.S. cities through March 19, 2012.

The 2011 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest winner, Cody Slaughter, can be seen performing the role of Elvis in the North American tour of “Million Dollar Quartet” and 2008 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest winner, Brandon Bennett, is performing the role of Elvis in the Chicago cast of “Million Dollar Quartet.”

Preliminary rounds of the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest that have occurred or are in the planning stages at this time include:

Tweed Tribute to Elvis Festival

 August 26 – 28, 2011  
Tweed, Ontario, Canada   
New England Elvis Festival

September 2 – 4, 2011
Manchester, N.H.
Rockin' E Jamboree at Oneida Casino

September 14 – 16, 2011 Green Bay, Wis.
Elvis FANtasy Fest

October 14 – 16, 2011
Portage, Ind.
Pocono Mountains Elvis Festival

October 21 – 23, 2011
Bushkill, Pa.
Elvis Birthday Bash and Ultimate
Elvis Tribute Artist Contest

January 6 – 11, 2012
Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia
The 2012 Elvis Cruise

January 12 – 16, 2012
Nassau, Bahamas
“Fill the Blue Suede Shoes”
 Elvis Tribute Artist Contest


March 3, 2012   

Ocala, Fla.
Third Look for Japanese Elvis

March 11, 2012
Osaka, Japan
Rockin' Elvis Fest at Pala Casino

March 16 – 18, 2012
Pala, Calif.
Branson Elvis Festival
Presented by Legends in Concert


April 20 – 22, 2012
Branson, Mo.
Toronto Elvis Festival

April 20 – 22, 2012
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Philadelphia Elvis Fest

May 4 – 6, 2012
Philadelphia, Pa.
Las Vegas Ultimate ETA Contest
Presented by Legends in Concert


May 11 – 12, 2012
Las Vegas, Nev.
Hawaii Ultimate ETA Contest
Presented by Legends in Concert


May 19, 2012
Waikiki, Hawaii
Tupelo Elvis Festival

May 31 – June 3, 2012
Tupelo, Miss.
LakeGeorge.com Elvis Festival

May 31 – June 3, 2012
Lake George, N.Y.
Wintersun Festival
June 1 – 11, 2012
Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia

Atlantic City Ultimate ETA Contest
Presented by Legends in Concert

June 9, 2012   

Bally’s, Atlantic City, N.J.
Rockin' Elvis Fest at Oneida Casino

June 18 – 20, 2012
Green Bay, Wis.
Penticton Elvis Festival

June 22 – 24, 2012
Penticton, British Columbia, Canada
Myrtle Beach Ultimate ETA Contest
Presented by Legends in Concert


June 30, 2012
Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Rockin’ Elvis Fest at Harrah’s
Cherokee Casino & Hotel


July 19 – 21, 2012
Cherokee, N.C.
Collingwood Elvis Festival

July 26 – 29, 2012
Collingwood, Ontario, Canada
Hard Rock Cafe
Last Chance Ultimate ETA Contest

August 10 – 12, 2012
 Memphis, Tenn.
                 

For more information on how to compete in these preliminary rounds or attend to cheer on your favorite Elvis tribute artist, visit our Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest website.

Prizes for the 2012 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest include:

Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest First Place Winner:
Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Second Place Winner:
  • Cash prize of $5,000
  • Selection of other valuable prizes
Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Third Place Winner:
  • Cash prize of $3,000
  • Selection of other valuable prizes

Organizations and entertainment venues interested in holding their own preliminary should e-mail ultimate@elvis.com for more information.