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Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Announced

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MEMPHIS, TN – November 30, 2010 – Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. (EPE) announced today that due to the overwhelming response and success of the past four years' international search, it is launching the fifth annual "Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest™" in 2011. Contestants will be chosen at numerous licensed preliminary Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contests being held at fairs, festivals and other venues around the world.  The semifinal and final rounds will be held during Elvis Week 2011 in Memphis, August 10 through 16, 2011.

"The worldwide response to our first four years of the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest has exceeded our expectations," said Scott Williams, VP of Marketing for EPE. "The contest is a way for Elvis fans to celebrate Elvis' never-ending contribution to the world of entertainment.  Every year we are very impressed with the quality of contestants and again congratulate Justin Shandor who was named the 2010 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist." 

Judges will be looking for the "best representation of the Elvis legacy" in talent, appearance, performance, stage presence and each contestant's overall tribute to Elvis.  The best overall performer will be named the "2011 Elvis Tribute Artist of the Year."

There will be four new preliminary contests in Australia in 2011 thanks to a new relationship between EPE and Page Johnstone Pty Ltd. The company was founded by Australian businessman David Johnstone and musician and actor, Greg Page. Page is best known as the original lead vocalist and a founding member of the children's band The Wiggles and has also recorded several solo albums.
 

Preliminary contests will be held in Coolangatta, Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra.

 

Another international contest joining for the first time in 2011 is the European Elvis Championships at the Hilton Hotel in Birmingham, England.

 

Other contests that have occurred or are in the planning stages at this time include:

 

The LakeGeorge.com Elvis Festival in New York
Pechanga Casino Resort Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest in California
The Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest at Chinook Winds Casino in Oregon
The Collingwood Elvis Festival Ontario, Canada
Tupelo, Mississippi Elvis Festival
Penticton Pacific Northwest Elvis Festival in British Columbia, Canada
New England Elvis Festival in Manchester, NH
Rockin' 'E' Jamboree at Oneida Casino in Green Bay, WS
Elvis FANtasy Fest in Portage, IN
Pocono Mountains Elvis Festival in Bushkill, VA
Silver Slipper Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest in Mississippi
Wintersun Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest in Queensland, Australia
Tampa Bay, FL Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest
Harrah's Cherokee Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest in North Carolina
The Dick Clark Bandstand Theater in Branson, MO, home to Legends in Concert
Myrtle Beach, SC in the new Legends in Concert Theater located at Broadway at the Beach
The Japan ETA Contest
The Legends in Concert locations in Las Vegas, NV and Atlantic City, NJ
The "Last Chance" ETA Contest at Hard Rock Café, Memphis, TN
 

Additional contests will be added in the coming weeks.

 

   Prizes for the 2011 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest include:

 

Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest First Place Winner:
• Title of Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist of 2011
• Performance Contract with Legends in Concert
• Cash prize of $20,000
• Selection of other valuable prizes

Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Second Place Winner:
• Cash prize of $3,000
• Selection of other valuable prizes

Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Third Place Winner:
• Cash prize of $2,000
• Selection of other valuable prizes

 

For a complete list of contest preliminaries, along with tribute artist photos, videos and additional information about the 2011 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest and Elvis Week, please visit www.Elvis.com. Organizations and entertainment venues interested in holding their own preliminary should e-mail Ultimate@elvis.com for more information.

 

About Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc.

Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. (EPE) is based in Memphis, Tennessee with additional offices in Los Angeles, California.  In addition to Graceland and its related attractions in Memphis, including the Heartbreak Hotel, EPE is aggressively involved in a worldwide licensing program, merchandising, music publishing, and television, film, video and Internet projects.  For more information on EPE and Graceland, visit www.Elvis.com .  EPE is a subsidiary of CKX, Inc. (www.CKX.com), a publicly traded company listed on the NASDAQ National Market® under the ticker symbol "CKXE."