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Elvis Presley Enterprises Announces Judges for 2022 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest

We are excited to announce the judge’s line-up for the 2022 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Semifinal and Final Round of the competition.

The judges will select the winner of the 2022 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest based who they feel best represents the legacy of Elvis Presley. They'll evaluate the semifinalists in the areas of vocals, appearance, stage presence and overall performance quality. See a list of the semifinalists. 

Tickets for the Semifinal and Final Round of the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest on August 10 and 12 are still available through Graceland Reservations by calling 800-238-2000 or 901-332-3322 or online at ElvisWeek.com.

Marlyn Mason Bright, vivacious leading lady Marlyn Mason was born in San Fernando, California, and began performing at the age of 5. In 1956, the 16-year-old Marlyn moved into TV work with multiple episodes of "Matinee Theatre". Throughout the 1960s, she would establish herself firmly into in the medium with guest parts on all the popular shows at the time. Blessed with an inviting, effervescent smile, she added spark and sparkle to such lightweight sitcoms as "My Three Sons," "Father Knows Best," "Gomer Pyle," "Hey Landlord" and "Occasional Wife," while showing off her dramatic mettle on "Burke's Law," "Ben Casey" (a seven part story), "Dr. Kildare," "Laredo," "Bonanza," "Run for Your Life," "The Invaders" and "Perry Mason" (the original series' final episode).   Marlyn's early singing lessons paid off later when she was signed to co-star with Robert Goulet, Sally Ann Howes and Peter Falk in a special TV-musical version of Brigadoon(1966), following that with the role of Carrie in Carousel (1967) again with Goulet.   Although the actress made her film debut at the beginning of the 1960s with an unbilled role in Because They're Young (1960) starring Dick Clark and Victoria Shaw, Marlyn would not perk up the large screen again until the very end of the decade when she nabbed her best known cinematic part as Elvis Presley's girl in one of his final films. While shooting The Trouble with Girls (1969), she was given the opportunity to share a duet with the legend on the novelty song "Sign of the Zodiac".Marlyn Mason

Bright, vivacious leading lady Marlyn Mason was born in San Fernando, California, and began performing at the age of 5. In 1956, the 16-year-old Marlyn moved into TV work with multiple episodes of "Matinee Theatre". Throughout the 1960s, she would establish herself firmly into in the medium with guest parts on all the popular shows at the time. Blessed with an inviting, effervescent smile, she added spark and sparkle to such lightweight sitcoms as "My Three Sons," "Father Knows Best," "Gomer Pyle," "Hey Landlord" and "Occasional Wife," while showing off her dramatic mettle on "Burke's Law," "Ben Casey" (a seven part story), "Dr. Kildare," "Laredo," "Bonanza," "Run for Your Life," "The Invaders" and "Perry Mason" (the original series' final episode).

Marlyn's early singing lessons paid off later when she was signed to co-star with Robert Goulet, Sally Ann Howes and Peter Falk in a special TV-musical version of Brigadoon(1966), following that with the role of Carrie in Carousel (1967) again with Goulet.

Although the actress made her film debut at the beginning of the 1960s with an unbilled role in Because They're Young (1960) starring Dick Clark and Victoria Shaw, Marlyn would not perk up the large screen again until the very end of the decade when she nabbed her best known cinematic part as Elvis Presley's girl in one of his final films. While shooting The Trouble with Girls (1969), she was given the opportunity to share a duet with the legend on the novelty song "Sign of the Zodiac".


Sam Thompson

Sam Thompson was introduced to Elvis Presley in 1972 by his sister, Linda Thompson. An officer with the Shelby County Sheriff's Department at the time, Elvis and Sam became fast friends and in July 1973, Elvis purchased a home for Sam near Graceland. In November 1973, Elvis visited Sam’s home and recorded the tracks released by BMG on the CD entitled “Made In Memphis.” While still a deputy sheriff, Sam provided security for Elvis and traveled with Elvis on the road tours from 1973 until 1976 as Elvis' friend and companion. In June 1976, Sam went to work full time for Elvis, as his personal bodyguard and tour advance man, providing security for Elvis on all the road tours, including hotel and airport security.

The first of the Memphis Mafia to leave Graceland following the death of Elvis, Sam returned to the Shelby County Sheriff's Department and later graduated law school. In October 1977, at the personal request of Vernon Presley, he returned to Graceland to oversee the internment of Elvis and his mother Gladys in the Meditation Garden.

After a successful law practice and 10 years on the bench as a judge in Memphis, Sam moved to California and became an equity owner in 143 Records, a joint venture with The Warner Music Group. As Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs Sam was instrumental in negotiating the signing of artists such as Josh Groban and Michael Bublé. After relocating to Las Vegas, Sam finally retired in 2011 as Chairman of the Nevada Public Utilities Commission.


Donna Tutt

Wife of the legendary drummer Ronnie Tutt, Donna joins Elvis week to share her extensive and firsthand experience. Hailing from Southern California, where she fatefully met Ronnie, Donna grew up as an athlete and dancer. She worked as a flight attendant on the Elvis charters and travelled extensively with the group. The rest is history. 49 wonderful years of marriage and 10 kids later, it would be an understatement to say she’s “seen it all.”  In addition to being Ronnie’s partner, she also was/is a critical part of the TCB production group. Whether she was lending her taste and skill to help design onstage apparel in the 70’s, or assistant tour managing/assisting production for Elvis the Concert and TCB shows abroad in more recent years, her involvement was not that of the average spouse. She also went on to work as Neil Diamond’s choreographer, alongside Ronnie on drums, for more than 15 years at the end of Neil’s touring days. 


Scott Williams

Scott Williams is the president and CEO of Discovery Park of America in Union City, Tennessee. Previously, he served as president and COO of the Newseum in Washington, D.C. Williams earned his degree in journalism from the University of Memphis. He then held positions at several advertising agencies and other organizations, including ServiceMaster, Inc., Baptist Memorial Health Care and Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc.

While working with the leadership team at Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. from 2000 - 2012, Williams worked on numerous projects including Elvis Week, the annual Elvis Birthday celebration, “Viva Elvis” from Cirque du Soleil, The Elvis Cruise and The Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest. 

His third book, “The Accidental Fame and Lack of Fortune of West Tennessee’s David Crockett,” was published in 2021. Williams is also the author of “An Odd Book, How the First Modern Pop Culture Reporter Conquered New York" and "The Forgotten Adventures of Richard Halliburton: A High-Flying Life from Tennessee to Timbuktu."

 

 

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