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Meet the 2019 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Semifinalists

Below are Elvis tribute artists who have won preliminary rounds of the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest. The tribute artists posted on this page will travel to Memphis during Elvis Week 2019 to compete in the Semifinal Round of the 2019 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest.

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


Cote Deonath

To Represent the Tweed Tribute to Elvis at Semifinal Round in Memphis
Cote Deonath of Ocalla, Florida, has been an Elvis tribute artist for 18 years. This is Cote's fourth time to compete in the Ultimate ETA Contest, and he says it's a dream come true to pay tribute to the man he considers to be the greatest entertainer to ever live. He would describe Elvis as "electric," and his favorite Elvis song is "Unchained Melody," because Elvis sang it with such emotion. His favorite Elvis song to perform is "Suspicious Minds."


Jake Slater 

To Represent the Elvis FANtasy Festival at Semifinal Round in Memphis
Jake Slater of Bellaire, Michigan, became an Elvis fan at the age of 6 when he heard Elvis' "(You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care." He has been an Elvis tribute artist for 10  years and has performed for audiences of all sizes. He says Elvis is his hero, and his favorite song to perform is "Baby What You Want Me To Do." His favorite Elvis song is "Baby Let's Play House."
 


Diogo Light 

To Represent the Ocean City Elvis Festival at Semifinal Round in Memphis
Diogo Light is from Porto Alegre, Brazil. From the time he was a small child listening to his father's Elvis records, he's been a fan. He has read extensively about Elvis' life, studying his performances and singing style. He considers it to be a great honor and blessing to pay tribute to the greatest entertainer of all time. Diogo says that being an Ultimate ETA Contest semifinalist is an honor, and that he embraces the responsibility with love and respect. He has too many favorite Elvis songs to pick just one.


BRODY FINLAY

To Represent the Parkes Elvis Festival at Semifinal Round in Memphis
Brody Finlay, 22, has grown up always loving the sounds of Elvis Presley. He has been around various rock 'n' roll performers and singing on stage since the age of 5. A few years ago, Brody was scouted to perform as Elvis in Sydney. Since then, his likeness to the king's movements, voice and features have grown to make him one of Australia's youngest Elvis tribute artists.Brody has competed in the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Competitions in Parkes in 2017 and 2018, performed in clubs, RSL’s, casinos and theatres across Australia. His favorite Elvis song is "They Remind Me Too Much of You," and his favorite song to perform is "Peace in the Valley."


MARK ANTHONY

To Represent the Georgia Elvis Festival at Semifinal Round in Memphis
As a young boy Mark was introduced to the music and styling of Elvis Presley. Immediately loving this phenomenon, he immersed himself in everything Elvis and quickly found that he had a natural gift for music. He went on to use this talent to pay tribute to the king. Frequently traveling the globe, he continually tours with his three production shows, which illuminate the pinnacles of Elvis' stellar career and turn the spotlight back to where it belongs, on to the king himself, Elvis. Mark said he loves how Elvis fans around the globe are one big family. His favorite Elvis song is "If I Can Dream" and his favorite Elvis song to perform is "Steamroller Blues."


Takeru Tanaka

To Represent the Elvis Tribute Artist Contest of Japan at Semifinal Round in Memphis
Takeru Tanaka has been performing his tribute to Elvis for more than 20 years in Tokyo, Japan. He became an Elvis fan in high school when he saw the documentary "Elvis on Tour." He began studying Elvis and published a book, "The Fascinating Elvis (Miwaku-no Elvis)" in 2007. He has written many articles for various Elvis fan magazines, as well as the liner notes for the Japanese release of Elvis CDs. This is Takeru’s first time to compete in the Ultimate ETA Contest, and he says it's "the impossible dream come true." His favorite Elvis songs are mostly ballads, especially songs like "Always On My Mind" and “It’s Midnight."


Al Joslin

To Represent the Nashville Elvis Festival at Semifinal Round in Memphis
Al Joslin was inspired to become an Elvis Tribute Artist after visiting Graceland when he was 17. He began performing his tribute after graduating from college and has been performing for 13 years.  Al has been impacted by Elvis and his music in such a powerful way, and it is his number one goal to give a respectful and sincere tribute to his enduring legacy.
 


RADNEY PENNINGTON

To Represent the Branson Elvis Festival at Semifinal Round in Memphis
Radney Pennington has been paying tribute to Elvis for several years. He was the youngest "Elvis" to perform in the musical "Million Dollar Quartet." Radney is also a singer-songwriter and the youngest person to record at Sun Studio in Memphis, having recorded there at the age of 5. He describes Elvis as "amazing" and said his favorite Elvis song is "My Happiness." His favorite Elvis song to perform is "First in Line."


SYLVAIN LEDUC

To Represent the Niagara Falls Elvis Festival at Semifinal Round in Memphis
Sylvain Leduc is a lifelong Elvis fan. He comes from a close-knit family of Elvis fans, and at 15, he decided to pay tribute to Elvis. It is important to him to that he represents Elvis in the most authentic and respectable way. He is passionate about what he does and loves meeting new people. His favorite Elvis song is "You'll Never Walk Alone," and his favorite song to perform is "You Gave Me a Mountain." 
 


CLIFF WRIGHT

To Represent the Lone Star Elvis Festival at Semifinal Round in Memphis
Cliff Wright is a self-taught musician who began his journey into music at the age of 8, starting with the guitar. Heavily influenced by many artists from the '50s-'70s, Cliff has always gravitated toward Elvis' music. He has had the honor of accompanying many musicians and backup singers who worked with Elvis. If he could describe Elvis in one word, it would be "magical." Cliff's favorite Elvis song is "Love Me," and his favorite Elvis song to perform is "Any Way You Want Me."


JESSE ARON

To Represent the Lake George Elvis Festival at Semifinal Round in Memphis
Wisconsin native Jesse Aron says he would describe Elvis as "timeless." Thanks to Elvis, he says, he has met everyone special in his life. When he's not performing, he enjoys recording and producing music and making people laugh. His favorite Elvis song is "Help Me Make It Through the Night" because Elvis made it his own. His favorite Elvis song to perform is "What'd I Say."


Taylor Rodriguez

To Represent the Tupelo Elvis Festival at Semifinal Round in Memphis
Taylor Rodriguez, 21, of Lynchburg, Virginia, has a passion for entertaining. He was introduced to Elvis' music by his aunt, who was a lifelong Elvis fan. When Taylor was 9 years old, he began to seriously study Elvis' music and moves. In addition to being an Elvis tribute artist, Taylor enjoys writing songs, playing guitar and working with youth in his community. His favorite Elvis song is "How Great Thou Art" - a favorite of his aunt's, too - and his favorite Elvis song to perform is "The Impossible Dream."


BRUNO NESCI

To Represent the Penticton Elvis Festival at Semifinal Round in Memphis
Born and raised in Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada, Bruno Nesci has been a performer for about 20 years. He became an Elvis fan as a child, and he would describe Elvis as "irreplaceable." He says he tries his best to portray Elvis in the most respectful way and he does it for the love of Elvis and to see Elvis fans smile. His favorite Elvis song is "You Gave Me a Mountain," and his favorite Elvis song to perform is "Suspicious Minds."


nick perkins

To Represent the Elvis Presley Continentals 2019 Ultimate Contest and Festival at Semifinal Round in Memphis
Nick Perkins of Tickfaw, Louisiana, fell in love with Elvis' music as a child. Elvis inspired him to come out of his shell and share his love for Elvis, and this sparked his dream to become an Elvis tribute artist. He says it's an honor to compete in the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest and to help keep Elvis' legacy alive. His favorite Elvis song is "If I Can Dream."


JACOB ROMAN

To Represent the Hollywood Star Elvis Festival in Memphis
Jacob Roman of Glendale, California, became an Elvis fan as a child and knew he wanted to grow up to pay tribute to the king. He loves making fans smile. When he's not performing, Jacob spends time with his family, plays baseball and plays the guitar. his favorite Elvis song is "Peace in the Valley," because Elvis dedicated it to his mother. His favorite Elvis song to perform is "Mean Woman Blues."


CHE ORTON

To Represent Viva Surfers Paradise in Memphis
New Zealand native Che Orton has been performing since he was 15. He travels across New Zealand performing and says he loves to sing rock 'n' roll. He loves to have fun on stage and with the audience. His favorite Elvis song is "The Wonder of You," because he loves watching Elvis perform it in "That's The Way It Is," and his favorite Elvis song to perform is "Suspicious Minds."


Michael cullipher

To Represent the Collingwood Elvis Festival in Memphis
Michael Cullipher of Sallisaw, Oklahoma, is a minister and member of a gospel group. He has been an Elvis fan since he was 4 years old, and he is inspired by Elvis' passion for music and love for God. He thanks God for the privilege to perform and bring back memories for fans, and he hopes to inspire future generations that will keep the music and memory of Elvis alive. His favorite Elvis song is "If I Can Dream."

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