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Top Ten Finalists Announced in the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest

August 17, 2012

Congratulations to the winners of Semifinal Round 2 of the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest. They are listed below in no particular order. These top ten finalists will compete for the title of Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist of 2012 on Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. The group will be narrowed down to the top five, before the ultimate winner of the contest is announced. The winner will receive an Elvis Kingman Acoustic Guitar by Fender, contract to perform with Legends in Concert and a cash prize of $20,000.

Pete Storm

Winner of the Hard Rock Last Chance Ultimate ETA preliminary

Pete is from just outside of London and is thrilled to be back this year. He became an fan after watching Elvis movies when he was just a kid. In addition to singing, Pete also enjoys fishing, cycling and playing guitar. He is a lifelong Elvis fan and says it's an honor to be able to perform as his idol and entertain people. His favorite Elvis song of the moment is “Love Song of the Year.”

Ben Portsmouth

Winner of the Collingwood Elvis Festival

Ben lives in a small village in England called Walthan St. Lawrence. He enjoys spending time with friends and writing songs. He first heard Elvis as a young boy while riding in his dad’s car. His dad had a guitar so he picked it up, learned some chords and started to play and sing along to Elvis’ music. Ben is excited to be in Memphis competing in the Ultimate ETA Contest and entertaining Elvis fans. Ben’s favorite Elvis song is “American Trilogy.”

Kevin Mills

Winner of the Myrtle Beach Ultimate ETA Contest

As a teenager, Kevin loved Elvis' music and felt Elvis was the natural choice for him to emulate. Elvis' many genres provide Kevin with a never ending challenge. Kevin says it's an honor to be a part of the Ultimate ETA Contest and to be able to compete in Memphis where Elvis called home. Kevin's favorite Elvis song is "Bridge Over Troubled Water."

Dwight Icenhower

Winner of the Lake George Elvis Festival

Dwight was raised in Pomeroy, Ohio, and began his Elvis career by singing karaoke at a local fair when he was just 16 years old. Now, being an Elvis tribute artist is a full-time career and he enjoys using his talent to keep the memory of Elvis alive. Dwight says that he considers it a dream come true to have such a wonderful job and having the opportunity to meet such wonderful people. Dwight’s favorite Elvis song is “You’ll Never Walk Alone.”

Victor Trevino Jr.

Winner of the Las Vegas Ultimate ETA Contest Presented by Legends in Concert

Victor Trevino Jr. was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas and has always appreciated the roots of rock 'n' roll. In recent years, Victor has performed mainly as an Elvis tribute artist, but he has also appeared in musicals such as "Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," "The Fantasticks," "Grease," and more. As a fan of roots rock and rhythm and blues, Victor felt that portraying the king in his wilder years would be a good way to show a younger audience the king's influence on today's music. Victor's favorite Elvis song is "Milkcow Blues Boogie."

Jay Dupuis

Winner of the Philadelphia Elvis Fest

Jay was born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and at the early age of three he realized his love and passion for the King of Rock 'n' Roll. Jay considers being a tribute artist a true blessing. He loves bringing the electrifying magic of Elvis back to the stage and for him it is a great honor to pay tribute the greatest entertainer of all time. Jay's favorite Elvis song is "Suspicious Minds."

Tim Hendry

Winner of the Toronto Elvis Festival

Tim is from London, Ontario, Canada, and has been a professional musician for more than 20 years. His awareness of Elvis came at an early age and he was always exposed to the music of the king because his father was a big fan. Tim first performed as an Elvis tribute artist in 2003. He considers it an honor and privilege to be able to pay tribute to the greatest entertainer of all time, Elvis Presley. He says that being part of the Ultimate ETA Contest provides a great opportunity to compete with fellow ETAs as they all are constantly seeking to improve their craft. His favorite Elvis song is “Hurt.”

Stephen Freeman

Winner of King of the Cruise Contest on the 2012 Elvis Cruise

A former police officer and detective, Stephen began his career as an Elvis Tribute Artist in 1998. His inspiration to become a tribute artist stemmed from Elvis’ soulful commitment to both gospel music and his fans. Stephen’s goal as a tribute artist is to accurately portray Elvis, his talent, and his music with respect.Stephen’s favorite Elvis song is “I Can’t Stop Loving You.”

Mark Anthony

Winner for Pocono Mountains Elvis Festival

Mark is originally from Australia and says he has been blessed to be able to travel all over the world and perform for Elvis fans. He feels that this helps keep Elvis’ memory alive. He started by doing a tribute to Elvis at a charity event and it soon became one of the most fulfilling ventures of his life. Mark says he is first and foremost an Elvis fan. His favorite Elvis song is "True Love Travels on a Gravel Road."

Ted Torres

Winner of the Elvis FANtasy Fest

Ted is a singer, songwriter, musician and actor from Orlando, Florida. Ted was inspired by both his parents and Elvis to choose music as a career. After learning more about Elvis as a person, he became an even bigger fan of Elvis. He hopes he can help people relive the memories of when a poor boy from Tupelo conquered both Memphis and the world with his music. Ted's favorite Elvis song is "The Sound of Your Cry."

If you are an Elvis tribute artist and interested in competing, check out our list of Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest preliminary rounds for 2013.