Events

Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest


Once again, in 2014, every Elvis tribute artists will have his or her chance to compete for the ultimate title by showcasing their “best representation of the legacy of Elvis Presley.” Preliminary rounds for the 2014 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest have already started. See a complete list of preliminary rounds.

Elvis tribute artists from around the world are invited to participate in preliminary rounds for their chance to proceed to the Semifinal Round during Elvis Week 2014 in Memphis. The only way an Elvis tribute artist can advance to the Semifinal Round will be by winning an official preliminary round. Elvis fans will be invited to attend the preliminary rounds that will be held at festivals and various venues throughout the world.


History of the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest

In 2007, EPE announced their inaugural event in which they were looking for the “best representation of the legacy of Elvis Presley.” Twenty-four of the best ETAs from around the world 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 has brought the contest back every year since. Brandon Bennett from Louisiana won the ultimate title during Elvis Week 2008, Bill Cherry from Illinois won in 2009, Justin Shandor from Michigan won in 2010, Cody Slaughter of Arkansas took home the 2011 title, Ben Portsmouth from England was crowned the 2012 winner and Dean Z took home the 2013 title.

Watch a recap from the 2013 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest.


Competing at Elvis Week 2014

The contest in Memphis will include a Semifinal Round and a Final Round during Elvis Week 2014. All preliminary winners will compete in the Semifinal Round, with the top 10 Elvis tribute artists in Semifinal Round moving on to the Final Round.

The top three winners of the Final Round of the competition will receive a great cash prize along with a selection of other valuable prizes.

Ultimate Elvis Contest First Place Winner

  • Title of Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist of 2014
  • Recognition by Elvis Presley Enterprises
  • Cash prize of $20,000
  • Contract to Perform with Legends in Concert
  • 2014 Ultimate ETA Contest belt, designed by B&K Enterprises
  • Selection of other valuable prizes (TBA)

Ultimate Elvis Contest Second Place Winner

  • Cash prize of $3,000
  • Selection of other valuable prizes (TBA)

Ultimate Elvis Contest Third Place Winner

  • Cash prize of $2,000
  • Selection of other valuable prizes (TBA)
In addition, all Elvis tribute artists finishing in 4th through 10th place will receive a $500 cash prize.

Judging for The Ultimate ETA Contest

In 2007, when EPE launched the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, we were in search of the Elvis tribute artist who ‘best represents the legacy of Elvis Presley.’ As the contest continues into its seventh year, EPE will continue to search for the Elvis tribute artist who best represents Elvis in the area of Vocals, Style, Stage Wear and Stage Presence.

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 round of the contest in Memphis to choose the top winners and the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist of the Year.

For the Semifinal and Final Rounds of the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest during Elvis Week, 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.


Ultimate Contest Scoring Sheet

Elvis tribute artists competing at all levels of the contest are all judged using the same scoring sheet. Each of the judging criteria is scored on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the highest score. Vocals will count for 40% of the score. Style, Stage Wear and Stage Presence each count as 20%. Download a PDF of the scoring sheet.

The judging criteria are as follows:

  • Vocals - Overall singing ability
  • Style - Ability to present a look and style that well represents Elvis during the era of the song being performed
  • Stage Wear - Rating of the ETA's stage wear, including quality and proper fit
  • Stage Presence - Ability to recreate the charisma Elvis created when performing on stage

The score of each judge’s sheet will be added together to provide an overall performance total for each Elvis tribute artist. The Elvis tribute artist receiving the highest overall score will be selected as the winner of that preliminary round.


Judges

Judges for the 2014 preliminary rounds of the contest will be chosen by each individual contest organizer. Once they are selected, judges' names are required to be submitted to EPE for final approval.


Ultimate Contest Rules and Guidelines

All Elvis tribute artists competing must adhere to the Official Rules and Guidelines of the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest. Any Elvis tribute artist who is unable to meet and adhere to these rules and guidelines will be disqualified from the contest. Get a complete list of the 2014 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Rules and Guidelines.

If you have any further questions, please send an email to ultimate@elvis.com.