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3717 Elvis Presley Blvd.
Memphis, TN 38116
Only 10 minutes from downtown and 3 minutes from the Memphis Airport.
3600 Elvis Presley Blvd.
Memphis, TN 38116
Free walk-ups to the Meditation Garden are daily from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Learn more about the 2019 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Weekend Showcase!
EPE is excited to announce that the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest will return for 2019 and Elvis tribute artists around the world can compete for their chance to win a spot in the Semifinal Round during Elvis Week 2019. See a list of confirmed 2019 preliminary rounds
Now through August 2019, Elvis tribute artists are invited to compete in official preliminary rounds being held around the world for their chance at the title of Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist of 2019. Preliminary winners will then travel to Memphis for Elvis Week 2019 to compete in the Semifinal Round. The only way an Elvis tribute artist can advance to the Semifinal Round will be by winning an official preliminary round. Elvis fans are also invited to attend the preliminary rounds that are held at festivals and various venues throughout the world to cheer on their favorite tribute artist.
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In 2007, EPE announced their inaugural event in which they were looking for the “best representation of the legacy of Elvis Presley.” Twenty-four of the best ETAs from around the world traveled to Memphis during Elvis Week 2007 to compete, with Shawn Klush of Pennsylvania winning the first-ever ultimate title.
In response to the excitement generated by the 2007 contest, Elvis Presley Enterprises has brought the contest back every year since. Brandon Bennett from Louisiana won the ultimate title during Elvis Week 2008, Bill Cherry from Illinois won in 2009, Justin Shandor from Michigan won in 2010, Cody Slaughter of Arkansas took home the 2011 title, Ben Portsmouth from England was crowned the 2012 winner, Dean Z of Missouri took home the 2013 title, Louisiana native Jay Dupuis was the 2014 champion, and David Lee of Alabama was our 2015 winner, and in 2016, Dwight Icenhower from Florida took home the title. Gordon Hendricks from England won the contest in 2017, and Ben Thompson, also from England, won the 2018 contest.
The contest in Memphis will include a Semifinal Round and a Final Round during Elvis Week 2019. All preliminary winners will compete in the Semifinal Round, with the top Elvis tribute artists moving onto the Final Round.
The top three winners of the Final Round of the competition will receive a great cash prize along with a selection of other valuable prizes.
In 2007, when EPE launched the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, we were in search of the Elvis tribute artist who ‘best represents the legacy of Elvis Presley.’ As the contest continues, we will continue to search for the Elvis tribute artist who best represents Elvis in the area of Vocals, Style, Stage Presence and Overall Performance.
For the Semifinal and Final Rounds of the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest during Elvis Week, the accounting firm of Dixon Hughes Goodman oversees the scoring and tabulation of the contest judging. Having Dixon Hughes Goodman as the official auditor of the event assures that the tabulation is held to the highest standards of integrity and objectivity.
Elvis tribute artists competing during the Semifinal and Final Round in Memphis are all judged using the same scoring sheet. Each of the judging criteria is scored on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the highest score. Vocals will count for 40% of the score. Style, Stage Wear and Stage Presence each count as 20%. Download a PDF of the scoring sheet.
Judges for the 2019 preliminary rounds of the contest will be chosen by each individual contest organizer. Once they are selected, judges' names are required to be submitted to EPE for final approval.
Judges for the Semifinal and Final Rounds in Memphis will be selected by EPE and announced closer to August 2019.
All Elvis tribute artists competing must adhere to the Official Rules and Guidelines of the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest. Any Elvis tribute artist who is unable to meet and adhere to these rules and guidelines will be disqualified from the contest. Get a complete list of the 2018 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Rules and Guidelines.
If you have any further questions, please send an email to [email protected].