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2018 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Semifinalists

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2018 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Semifinalists

April 24, 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." 

Tyler Hunter

To Represent Casino del Sol 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.” 

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."