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2018 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Semifinalists

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2018 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Semifinalists

August 09, 2018 (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 2018 to compete in the Semifinal Round of the 2018 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest.

If you are an Elvis tribute artist and interested in competing, or if you'd like to attend any of the preliminaries, check out our list of Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest preliminary rounds. In the meantime, get to know these ETAs - read their bios, study the photos and learn their favorite Elvis tunes. Who do you think should win?


Bruno Nesci

To Represent the Tweed Tribute to Elvis Festival at the Semifinal Round in Memphis
Bruno Nesci of Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada, was inspired to become an Elvis tribute artist after watching an ETA perform at his parents' restaurant as a child. From that moment on, he has been hooked on Elvis' music and movies and his audience's reactions to his performances. He is passing on his love for Elvis to his step-children, and competing in the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest means the world to him. His favorite Elvis song is "You Gave Me a Mountain."

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."

Brycen Katolinsky

To Represent the Ocean City Elvis Festival at the Semifinal Round in Memphis
Brycen Katolinsky is a singer, song writer and entertainer from St. Catherines, Ontario, Canada.  Since the age of 10 he has dedicated himself to honing his dynamic tribute to Elvis in the 1950s and 60s. Brycen has had the honor to perform this tribute throughout Canada, the United States and abroad. For the past two years, he has portrayed Elvis in the Broadway musical "The Million Dollar Quartet" aboard Norwegian Cruise Lines. Brycen is excited about returning to Memphis and representing the Ocean City Elvis Festival in Graceland’s Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest.

Anthony Petrucci

To Represent the Parkes Elvis Festival at the Semifinal Round in Memphis
Anthony Petrucci of Melbourne, Australia, grew up watching a lot of television, and his favorite star to watch was Elvis Presley. Seeing Elvis sing, dance and act inspired Anthony to do the same. Anthony says the Ultimate ETA Contest makes him feel connected to Elvis' legacy. His favorite Elvis song is "If I Can Dream."

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." 

Austin Irby

To Represent the Georgia Elvis Festival at the Semifinal Round in Memphis
Austin Irby is a singer, musician, entertainer and tribute artist. He began his singing career within his family's church at the age of 4. He has been doing his tribute to Elvis for 11 years. He enjoys paying tribute to the king, who he calls "the greatest entertainer to ever live." Austin says it is a blessing and an honor to be returning to the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest this year. His favorite Elvis song is "Bossa Nova Baby."

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. 

Yukihiro Nishijima

To Represent the Elvis Tribute Artist Contest in Japan at the Semifinal Round in Memphis
Yukihiro Nishijima is a singer from Fukuoka, Japan. He became an Elvis fan after watching "That's The Way It Is," He said being involved in the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest means the world to him, and he wants to share his love of Elvis with a younger generation. If he can turn someone into an Elvis fan, he said, his heart will be happy. His favorite Elvis songs include "My Boy," "If I Can Dream" and "Come On Everybody." 

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." 

Steve Sogura

To Represent the Penticton Elvis Festival at the Semifinal Round in Memphis
Steve Sogura has had more than 20 years of experience in the entertainment industry, and his passion for music has allowed him to honor the memory of Elvis all over the world. A native of Ravensdale, Washington, he was featured in the film "Almost Elvis." Steve says competing in the Ultimate ETA Contest is a monumental honor and he is grateful to be a part of the tribute artist community. His favorite Elvis song is "How Great Thou Art."

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." 

Frank Werth

To Represent the Casino del Sol at the Semifinal Round in Memphis
Frank Werth of Kansas, heard "Don't Be Cruel" as a child and became hooked on Elvis. He began to study Elvis, and he became an ETA to show the respect he has for the king. He has been performing his Elvis tribute for 10 years. Frank says Elvis is his hero and that the Ultimate ETA Contest is special to him. His favorite Elvis song is "Memories." 

Brody Finlay

To Represent Viva Surfers Paradise at the Semifinal Round in Memphis
Brody Finlay grew up loving the sounds of Elvis Presley. He began singing on stage at the age of five and was inspired to become an Elvis tribute artist after a friend gave him a copy of Elvis' film "King Creole." He says being a part of the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest is like a dream come true. His favorite Elvis song is "They Remind Me Too Much of You." 

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.