Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. (EPE), Las Vegas’ famed Fremont Street Experience and the celebrated tribute artist production “Legends in Concert,” presented the Third Annual Las Vegas Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest in Downtown Las Vegas this weekend.
On Friday, May 11 and Saturday, May 12 Fremont Street Experience hosted the only Las Vegas EPE-sanctioned preliminary round of the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest. Elvis Tribute Artists competed for a chance to proceed to the semifinals during Elvis Week 2012, held August 10-18, the 35th anniversary celebration in Memphis.
The 21 competitors from around the world participated in the Las Vegas Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest on Friday with guest judges determining the ‘best representation of the Elvis legacy’ based on vocals, style, stage wear, and stage presence. On Saturday, the top 10 competed and a champion was crowned ‘King.’ Victor Trevino Jr. a resident of Las Vegas won $2,500 cash, a Graceland Getaway prize package and most importantly, qualifies to compete in the 2012 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest presented by EPE in Memphis, Tenn. during Elvis Week 2012.
The Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Finals in Memphis is one of the highlights of Elvis Week. The event attracts more than 70,000 fans from all over the world. The winner of the contest will be offered the opportunity to sign a performance contract with “Legends in Concert,” $20,000 cash, recognition by EPE as the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist of 2012 and a selection of other valuable prizes.
Other ‘Kingly’ festivities at Fremont Street Experience during the weekend included special presentations on the Viva Vision canopy and a parade of Elvi at the beginning of each night’s competition. Fans also had the chance to jump on stage and show the massive crowd their inner Elvis with a special Elvis Karaoke held each night directly after the competition.