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2017 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Finalists Announced

Congratulations to the 2017 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest finalists! 


These following top 10 finalists were named tonight at the Semifinal Round at the Soundstage at Elvis Presley's Memphis. They will compete in the final round on Saturday, August 19. 


Oliver Steinhoff

To Represent the Tweed Tribute to Elvis Festival at the Semifinal Round in Memphis

Born and raised in Germany, Oliver's love for Elvis developed early - he was only 8 years old when he discovered Elvis' music. Oliver is thankful he can share Elvis' music, life and memory with his own son. Paying a heartfelt and respectful tribute to the world's greatest entertainer is the best experience of Oliver's life, and it is a lifelong dream to be included in the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest. Oliver's favorite song is "Any Day Now."


Tyler Hunter

To Represent Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City at the Semifinal Round in Memphis

Tyler grew up listening to Elvis music with his grandmother at an early age. He felt a huge connection to the music of Elvis Presley and it lead him to become an entertainer. Tyler says it’s an extreme honor to be a part of the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist contest and he is proud to pay homage to the greatest entertainer of all time. Tyler’s favorite song is “After Loving You.” 


Mark Anthony

To Represent Nashville Elvis Festival at the Semifinal Round in Memphis

Mark Anthony of Adelaide, Australia, started performing as Elvis for a family member who had leukemia. From that performance, he built a series of productions designed by an Elvis fan for Elvis fans. Mark frequently travels the globe with his three shows, which celebrate Elvis and his career. Mark said it is a huge honor to be a part of the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, and that being a part of the contest feels like being part of a family. His favorite Elvis song is “If I Can Dream.”


Ben Thompson

To Represent the Branson Elvis Festival at the Semifinal Round in Memphis

Ben Thompson is from London, England, and he has been an Elvis fan since he was a child. He became an Elvis tribute artist at the age of 15 and has performed in many venues around the world. He is an international multi-award winning Elvis tribute artist and he takes pride in his tribute. This will be his fifth Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, and he feels it is a great privilege to be a part of the contest. His favorite Elvis song is "If I Can Dream."


Taylor Rodriguez

To Represent the Myrtle Beach Elvis Festival at the Semifinal Round in Memphis

While only 19 years old, Taylor Rodriguez has been performing Elvis' music for over 10 years. Taylor’s aunt Diane introduced him to Elvis as a young child. At just 9 years old, spurred on by his aunt, Taylor took a serious interest in learning about Elvis and studying the king's stage performances. With his aunt’s sudden passing in 2011, Taylor dedicated himself to paying tribute to Elvis and his aunt in the only way he knew how.  When not performing as Elvis, Taylor is a freshman at Lynchburg College studying performing arts. In addition to Elvis, Taylor enjoys performing in plays and musicals. His favorite Elvis song is "How Great Thou Art."


Bruno Nesci

To Represent the Niagara Falls Elvis Festival at the Semifinal Round in Memphis

Bruno Nesci of Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada, was inspired to become an Elvis tribute artist after watching an ETA perform at his parents' restaurant as a child. From that moment on, he has been hooked on Elvis' music and movies and his audience's reactions to his performances. He is passing on his love for Elvis to his step-children, and competing in the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest means the world to him. His favorite Elvis song is "You Gave Me a Mountain."


Al Joslin

To Represent Texas' Tribute to Elvis Festival at Semifinal Round in Memphis

Al Joslin is from Houston, Texas. Al has been performing for over 12 years and was inspired to become an Elvis tribute Artist after becoming an Elvis fan. Al has been impacted by Elvis and his music in such a powerful way, and it is his goal to give a respectful and sincere tribute to Elvis' enduring legacy. His favorite Elvis song is "Let It Be Me."


Ted Torres

To Represent the Lake George Elvis Festival at Semifinal Round in Memphis

Ted Torres Martin is an actor, singer, songwriter and musician from Orlando, Florida, who feels honored to represent the Lake George Elvis Festival in the Semifinal Round. Ted has toured the world performing his tribute to Elvis. His goal is to bring already-established Elvis fans and new Elvis fans alike the memories of Elvis on stage. Ted said he is an Elvis fan and can't pick just one favorite Elvis song.


Gordon Hendricks

To Represent the Collingwood Elvis Festival at Semifinal Round in Memphis

Gordon Hendricks of Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England, was a barber who became known as the "Singing Barber of Stoke," before becoming an Elvis Tribute Artist. He became a fan of Elvis as a child, and he loves paying tribute to the king. He says it's a dream come true for him to be in Memphis for the contest. His favorite Elvis song is "American Trilogy."


Ryan Pelton

To Represent the Hard Rock Last Chance Contest at Semifinal Round in Memphis

Ryan Pelton is an international, award-winning Elvis tribute artist, actor and singer/songwriter. He was dared to enter a local Elvis contest by his mother, and though he'd never sang publicly before, Ryan won. In the following 15 years, Ryan has performed all over the world and loves being a live music entertainer. Ryan recently starred in the movie "The Identical," also starring Ray Liotta and Ashely Judd. He says it’s a blessing to be a part of the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest. His favorite Elvis song is “Pieces of My Life.”


Posted by Elvis Presley's Graceland at 10:00 PM
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