Here is a pressrelease issued by EPE on November 16, 2006 on the first ever EPE Elvis Tribute Artist Contest:
MEMPHIS, TN – November 16, 2006 – For the first time ever, Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. (EPE) will produce an official Elvis tribute artist competition. The company announced today that it will launch a search for contestants for the “Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest.” Contestants will be selected at existing Elvis tribute artist contests, along with fairs, festivals and other venues holding new contests. The first licensed festivals confirmed to hold preliminary contests are the Tupelo Elvis Presley Festival in Tupelo, Mississippi and the Collingwood Elvis Festival held in Ontario, Canada. The qualifying rounds and finals will be held in Memphis during the 30th Anniversary Elvis Week.
“The number of Elvis fans around the world continues to increase as younger people are exposed to Elvis,” stated Paul Jankowski, Chief Marketing Officer for EPE. “The Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest is another way to celebrate Elvis’s on-going contribution to the world of entertainment. The contest will appeal to both the Elvis fans who have made the trip to Graceland every year since Elvis’ death in 1977 and to the new fans who have just discovered Elvis’s timeless appeal.”
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 “2007 Elvis Tribute Artist of the Year.”
MORE INFORMATION: Are you an Elvis tribute artist interested in competing in the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest? Are you a festival organizer interested in staging an official preliminary competition? Please visit http://www.elvis.com/ultimatecontest/.