Taylor Rodriguez Named Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist 2019

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Taylor Rodriguez Named Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist 2019

Congratulations to 2019 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest winner Taylor Rodriguez!

Taylor, who represents the Tupelo Elvis Festival, receives a contract to perform with EPE and a cash prize of $20,000. Taylor will open the Ultimate Return concert, taking place at the Soundstage at Graceland tomorrow, August 11. Tickets are still available for that show.

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."

Congratulations to second place winner Radney Pennington and third place winner Cote Deonath, and top five finalists Diogo Light and Jake Slater.

Contestants, like Taylor Rodriguez, must win a preliminary round at an officially licensed location to be eligible to participate in the Semifinal Round held during Elvis Week in Memphis. Since 2007, winners have come from the states of Virginia, Alabama, Illinois, Arkansas, Louisiana (2), Michigan, Missouri and three from the United Kingdom (England).

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