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2017 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Semifinalists

May 23, 2017 (Updated)

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 2017 to compete in the Semifinal Round of the 2017 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.


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."

Matt King

To Represent the Elvis FANtasy Festival at the Semifinal Round in Memphis
Matt King is from Leslie, Michigan. He was inspired to become an ETA after performing "Blue Suede Shoes" at a high school dance. Matt has performed his tribute to Elvis since 1992, and has won more than 30 Elvis tribute contests. He has performed all over the world. He says being a part of the Ultimate ETA Contest means the world to him. His favorite Elvis song is "My Way."

Diogo Light

To Represent the Ocean City Elvis Festival at the 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 a great honor and blessing to pay tribute to the greatest entertainer of all time. He has too many favorite Elvis songs to pick just one.

Brendon Chase

To Represent the Parkes Elvis Festival at the Semifinal Round in Memphis
Brendon Chase is from Auckland, New Zealand and has been performing as an Elvis Tribute Artist for over 20 years. His inspiration came from watching the “Aloha from Hawaii” television special as a child. Brendon says that being in the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest is a privilege and he is humbled to be involved and pay tribute to his favorite performer of all time. Brendon’s favorite Elvis song is “You Gave Me A Mountain.”   

Doug Church

To Represent Casino del Sol at the Semifinal Round in Memphis
Doug began his career in the U.S. Air Force, where he began performing his tribute to Elvis in talent shows held annually by the Air Force. After leaving the service, he joined the famous Las Vegas tribute Show "Legends in Concert" and worked with them for 7 years as the king. Doug travels extensively throughout the world performing with his band, “Kentucky Reign,” and has won numerous awards. His favorite Elvis song is “Burning Love.”

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.” 

Tim E. Hendry

To Represent Georgia Elvis Festival at the Semifinal Round in Memphis
Tim is very honored and proud to be representing the 2017 Georgia Elvis Festival as its Grand Champion. Tim grew up watching Elvis movies and concerts and became a huge Elvis fan at a young age because of the influence of his late father, Diamond Jim. He considers it an honor and privilege to pay tribute to the greatest entertainer of all time, Elvis Presley. Tim has many favorite songs but his all-time favorite is "How Great Thou Art."

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."

Daisuke Kiryu

To Represent the Elvis Tribute Artist Contest of Japan at the Semifinal Round in Memphis
Daisuke Kiryu is from Saitama, Japan. He decided to become an Elvis Tribute Artist after he watched "Aloha from Hawaii," which he found very inspirational. He performs as Elvis in Japan, and he is proud to be part of the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest because he has so much respect for Elvis. His favorite Elvis song is “The Wonder of You."

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."

Pat Dunn

To Represent the Niagara Falls Elvis Festival at the Semifinal Round in Memphis
Hailing from NYC, Patrick is no stranger to the stage. Having performed in his first Broadway show at the age of 12, it has lead him to paying tribute to Elvis Presley. He considers it a blessing to be in Memphis during Elvis Week and represent Niagara Falls Elvis Festival, and it’s an honor to continue the legacy of Elvis Presley for fans. His favorite Elvis song is “American Trilogy.”