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2018 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Finalists Announced

Congratulations to the 2018 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 Sunday, August 12. Get tickets to the final round! 



Al Joslin

To Represent the Elvis FANtasy Festival at the 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."


Cliff Wright

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

Cliff Wright is currently living in Branson, Missouri, where he stars in "Million Dollar Quartet." He is a self-taught musician who began his journey into music when he learned to play the guitar at 8 years old. He enjoys listening to Elvis, working in his 1950s-style recording studio and playing guitar. Cliff says there is no greater feeling than paying tribute to his hero, and being a part of the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest is a dream come true. His favorite Elvis song is "Young and Beautiful." 


Diogo Light

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

Diogo Light is from Porto Alegre, Brazil, and he is a professional singer and musician. As a young boy, he mastered English so he could understand and sing Elvis' music. He has performed his tribute for Elvis for 12 years all over the world. He is honored to be able to represent such a legend. 


Cote Deonath

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

Cote Deonath is an Ocala, Florida native who has been an Elvis tribute artist for 17 years. He became an Elvis fan when he saw Elvis' movie "Follow That Dream," which was filmed in Florida near Cote's home. Cote says it is an honor and a privilege to return to the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest for a third time, and that it's a dream come true to spread the love and legacy of Elvis Presley. His favorite Elvis song is "How Great Thou Art." 


Sylvain Leduc

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

Sylvain Leduc grew up listening to Elvis. Elvis' music, voice and charisma brought him joy, and he became an Elvis tribute artist to bring that same joy to Elvis fans and to keep Elvis' memory alive. He is proud to compete in the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest. His favorite Elvis song is "Just Pretend."  


Mario Kombou

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

Mario has been performing his tribute to Elvis for more than 25 years. Trained as an actor, he has appeared in theater and television. Mario played the lead role of Vince Everett in the London musical production of "Jailhouse Rock," which ran for more than a year at the Piccadilly Theatre in London's West End. Mario has been an Elvis fan since he was 12. His favorite Elvis song is "If I Can Dream." 


Nick Perkins

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

Nick Perkins, a native of Tickfaw, Louisiana, fell in love with Elvis' music at the age of 6. Elvis inspired Nick to come out of his shell and share Elvis' music with others. His mother is also an Elvis fan, and she encouraged him to become an Elvis tribute artist. Nick says competing in the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest is like a dream come true, and that it's an honor to compete in the contest that keeps Elvis' legacy alive. His favorite Elvis song is "If I Can Dream." 


David King

To Represent the Elvis Presley Continentals Ultimate ETA Contest at the Semifinal Round in Memphis

David King of Greencastle, Pennsylvania, has been performing for more than 30 years. He was inspired to become an Elvis tribute artist when he saw an ETA performance as a child. He has traveled the country performing in gospel groups and as an ETA. He says it is a blessing to be a part of the Ultimate ETA Contest and to share the stage with others who have a love for Elvis. His favorite Elvis songs are "How Great Thou Art" and "It's Midnight." 


Tim E. Hendry

To Represent Collingwood Elvis Festival at the Semifinal Round in Memphis

Tim E. Hendry has been paying tribute to the King of Rock 'n' Roll for 15 years. Tim's late father, Diamond Jim, inspired him to become an Elvis tribute artist. As a child, Tim spent many hours watching Elvis movies and concerts with his parents. He says he is honored to be part of such an amazing event and to be included among so much talent. His favorite Elvis song is "How Great Thou Art."


Ben Thompson

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

Ben 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 sixth Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, and he feels it is a great privilege to be a part of the contest. 


Posted by Elvis Presley's Graceland at 9:57 PM
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