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Meet the Judges for the 2012 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest

July 13, 2012

Whether on stage performing or behind the scenes helping to make the magic happen, this year’s Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest judges know what it takes to entertain an audience. And, as Elvis fans, they really appreciate anyone who takes on the challenge of paying tribute to the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Together, these judges will be searching for the Elvis tribute artist who "best represents the legacy of Elvis Presley." They will be evaluating the contestants in the areas of vocals, appearance, stage presence and overall performance quality.

This year, the judging panel will include David Keith, a Golden Globe nominated actor, director and consultant for Keith Creative Consulting; David Bazzel, a long-time television and radio personality at 103.7 The Buzz in Arkansas; Adam Block, head of Sony Music's Legacy Recordings; and Gina Keltner, Talent Manager for the Grand Ole Opry.



David Keith

Double Golden Globe nominee and veteran actor of over 100 roles, David Keith has spent half a lifetime in the creative industry. Keith has appeared in the hit films such as "An Officer and A Gentleman," "Firestarter" and "Running Wild." He continued his acting career with guest appearances in television series such as "NCIS," "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit," and "Hawaii Five-O." Keith currently runs Keith Creative Consulting. During the last decade, as the campaign chairman for The National Association to Protect Children, David helped draft and pass over 40 pieces of legislation to protect children from predators, including "The Protect Our Children Act of 2008," the largest crime bill of the 110th congress. In addition,Keith Creative Consulting works with BioPet Vet Lab to promote their BioPet Cares initiatives, that encourage cleaner, healthier communities.

David Bazzel

David Bazzel is a life-long Elvis fan who knows what it’s like to perform in front of an audience. He was team captain and four-year letterman with Lou Holtz and the Arkansas Razorbacks and participated in four bowl games including a television MVP performance in the 1984 Liberty Bowl vs. Auburn & Bo Jackson. Since that time, Bazzel has logged over 6,000 hours on live talk radio and has 15 years of live television experience as an anchor, reporter, and host of more than 2,500 public appearances. As an Elvis fan, Bazzel is especially proud of his role assisting the late philanthropist, Jennings Osborne, in the donation of the customized two-million light display that was part of the Graceland holiday event for many years. Currently, David works in television, marketing, event management, public relations and is the co-host of the "Show With No Name" on 103.7 The Buzz in Arkansas.



Adam Block

A 25-year veteran of the music industry, Adam Block currently runs Sony Music's Legacy Recordings, recognized widely as the preeminent catalog label in the world. During his tenure with Legacy, Mr. Block has played a key role in the creative direction and marketing of numerous successes including recording projects with and from Michael Jackson, AC/DC, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, Miles Davis, Jimi Hendrix and yes, The King himself.  He's been an integral part of numerous Grammy-nominated and award-winning projects including last year's Elvis Presley:  Young Man With A Big Beat. In addition to being a hobbyist musician, he's an avid outdoors man and gigantic hockey fan.

Gina Keltner

Gina Keltner has been with the Grand Ole Opry for 12 years. Celebrating 86 years of entertainment, the Grand Ole Opry is the world’s longest running live radio show. As Talent Manager, Keltner books the talent for each of the Opry’s performances. Prior to working at the Opry, Keltner worked for Dick Clark Productions on The Nashville Network TV series, “Prime Time Country.” A Missouri native, she is a graduate of Missouri State University and a member of the Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music. She has served on various committees for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation along with ongoing involvement in promoting adoption awareness. Most of her spare time is happily devoted to her 2-year-old daughter.

EPE’s judging guidelines, rules and scoring forms are provided to each Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest preliminary location and they are required to follow these criteria when choosing their preliminary winner. In addition, these are also used during the semifinals and final rounds of the contest in Memphis to choose the top winners and the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist of 2012.

For the semifinals and final rounds of the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, the accounting firm of Dixon Hughes Goodman oversees the scoring and tabulation of the contest judging. Having Dixon Hughes Goodman as the official auditor of the event assures that the tabulation is held to the highest standards of integrity and objectivity.

Tickets are still available for the 2012 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Semifinal Rounds on Friday, August 17 at 10:00 a.m. (Round One) and 7:00 p.m. (Round Two), and the Final Round on Saturday, August 18, at 7:00 p.m., at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts in Downtown Memphis. Check out this list of current contestants and plan to join us for the ultimate contest!

The VIP ticket package which includes tickets to all three rounds is currently sold out for adults. A ticket for general seating for the Semifinals – Round One during the afternoon on August 17 is available for $10. A ticket to just the Semifinals – Round Two on the evening of August 17 is available for $25.00. A ticket to just the Final Round on the evening of August 18 is available for $49.

Tickets for these events are available for purchase in person at Ticketmaster Outlet locations, by calling Ticketmaster at 800-982-2787 or by clicking here.

Please note: If you purchase the $139.00 VIP ticket for this event, you MUST show your ticket at the door of the Hard Rock Cafe for access to the Meet 'n' Greet event the morning of August 17 and to receive your collectible event badge/lanyard.