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meg
11-17-2006, 01:17 PM
ELVIS PRESLEY ENTERPRISES ANNOUNCES FIRST-EVER OFFICIAL ELVIS TRIBUTE ARTIST CONTEST
Elvis Tribute Artist Contest
WITH THE WINNER NAMED ?ELVIS TRIBUTE ARTIST OF THE YEAR?

FINALS TO BE HELD DURING 30th ANNIVERSARY ELVIS WEEK, AUGUST 11-19, 2007,
EXPECTED TO BE THE LARGEST COMMEMORATION EVER WITH UNPRECEDENTED WORLDWIDE ATTENTION

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.?

Elvis Week, to be held August 11-19, 2007, will mark the 30th anniversary of Elvis' death on August 16, 1977 and is expected to be the largest commemoration ever. Each year, tens of thousands of people arrive in Memphis to celebrate the superstar's life with concerts, charity events, dances, fan club activities and much more.

One of the most anticipated events will be "Elvis: The 30th Anniversary Concert" to be presented at FedExForum. This concert, like major anniversary shows in 1997 and 2002, will bring together a large cast of Elvis Presley's original concert musicians and back-up singers live on stage with the REAL Elvis Presley starring in the show via video technology. The 30th anniversary concert will be the most elaborate production of the "Elvis video-interactive" concept to date.

MORE INFORMATION: If you an Elvis tribute artist interested in competing in the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest or a festival organizer interested in staging an official preliminary competition, please visit http://www.elvis.com/ultimatecontest/. For more about Elvis, Elvis Week and Graceland, visit www.elvis.com.

0349054
11-17-2006, 02:09 PM
I can see the business sense behind such a move. I would just worry that EPE may alienate some of Elvis's most ardent fans, who really can't stand these jerks who parade around in Jumpsuits.

Personally I feel sorry for them, but do find them an embarrassment to Elvis's legacy.

jak
11-17-2006, 02:11 PM
The whole thing is an abomination.I always gave credit for EPE not being linked with this kind of thing.
Jak

Dudcowboy_1
11-17-2006, 02:52 PM
For one, 034905... Don't feel sorry for us by no means. We do this out of the the love for Elvis, and when a ELVIS FAN comes up to us or a little kid saying they Love Elvis that's what makes us do this. To be honest if you listen to closing December '75 show there is a Elvis Tribute Artist/Impersonator in the crowd and Elvis thanks him and says its great honor that someone would do that. I believe is sometime in melodies not 100% sure.

I take a lot of pride in my studing of Elvis and his moves and his words. If you listen to Kentucky Rain or any word thta has G-O-N-E because of southern voice it sounds like G-O-A-N.

Only one I feel sorry for is you to sit there and judge anyone! I MEAN ANYONE that you have net met. The media seems to like pick up on the bad ones. So don't say you feel sorry.

To the admins in the room if I have stepped out of line please tell me and I will back off. Please forgive me to my friends. Its kinda like the "Desert Storm" Show. Don't judge me before knowing me.

Love to all,
Tim Dudley

0349054
11-17-2006, 03:11 PM
Well Dudcowboy, you are an impersonator so I really woulden't expect you to say anything else.

I like a lot of music, but I don't go and see impersonators or tribute artists to any singer, because I think that they do not have the talent to become a fully fledged singer and are just working the crowd with familiar songs dressed up as their idol.

That is my opinion and I won't change it. I will judge, because I think EPE may be making a mistake, and upsetting people who dress up in Jumpsuits and sing poor renditions of Elvis's songs is not something that is going to bother me.

I am sorry but I really don't understand what you type 90% of the time. For instance; "I believe is sometime in melodies not 100% sure."

- What does this mean and who are you referring to? As I think you may be saying that Elvis had impersonators singing melodies with him, which is absoloute nonsense.

There's plenty of people I have not met that I haven't judged. Every time I vote I am judging peoples belief's and attitudes. Most of the time I have not met them. Everyone does it.

The Media picks on impersonators because in my opinion they tarnish Elvis's legacy. I am against this move by EPE. Yes, I see it's economic benefits, but I do expect a media circus around the contest, bringing ridicule down upon the Elvis world.

Having American Idol's contestants singing Elvis's songs was tasteful by EPE, this i'm afraid is not.

So, once again I do feel sorry for people who think they are helping Elvis in some obsure way, when they accept payment to make themselves look like a clown for the amusement of people who most of the time do not have a real love or respect for Elvis's music and artistic legacy. Basically if the Impersonators respected him, they would see the negative media attention it brings and ditch the costume and do something constructive in Elvis's name.

4THEHEART
11-17-2006, 03:35 PM
they intend to erase all about the real man as I can see..we had enough with that wrong image trouble now it's going worse.. they forgot totaly, what they're dealing with is a real and unique human being called Elvis not a simple business to feed their greed..it's disgusting to read such news coming from EPE..what a shame..:angry: :cursing:

Dovey
11-17-2006, 05:31 PM
Thanks for posting Meg,

I really do not have any problem with Elvis ETA's as long as they do there act with respect to to the KIng.

There was and always will be only "One Elvis" but I do love it that the young people of today do trbutes to him and they love him also. I go see them and most always enjoy them very much.....(even at a not so great show.. it makes you appreciate Elvis that much more)

I truly think they are doing a very good job of keeping Elvis alive in our hearts and in his memory... I always think of Elvis when I go see them and believe he would love knowing that there are so many fans who still love him. ( We all have our own opinions and that is mine)


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.?

If the question is ... is this a money maker for EPE, yes of course , it is or they would not be doing it. $$$$$ seems to Rule in todays world!! Dovey ;)

Dudcowboy_1
11-17-2006, 06:10 PM
There are many Elvis Impersonators that made it big...Ever hear of Steve Holy he sang "Good Morning Beautiful." He was a 50s Elvis for 10 years before someone found him. Lets see Doug Church who has done a lot of Non Elvis songs who even in EPE company has called him "voice of Elvis." Took him many years but made it. There is Jamie Arron Kelly who does the "Elvis Story" and he was just nominated for award I believe for the "Blue Grass Country Awards in Kentucky this year." So there is a lot of guys that have made it had make over $250,000. So want try that again? LOL

As for me, do I think I'm best? No, there is ONLY ONE ELVIS. Thing is EPE is starting figure out there is some of us out there like me who really do love elvis and well spend the $$$$ to get replica jumpsuits and find a band that knows Elvis music and if venue is to small use Backtracks which is the live band with back-up vocals and etc.

As for me to say I don't love Elvis, or make it I'm putting Elvis down. How would you like it if I said "well your discrase to your mother?" Wouldn't like it would you? So......

Love to all,
Tim Dudley
http://www.geocities.com/dudcowboy_1/

0349054
11-17-2006, 07:56 PM
Your completely illegible. I barely understand your points, and your sentance structure is beyond belief.

Making $250,000 off impersonating Elvis? That a lifetime or a year?! Besides.....you said they do it for the love of Elvis and making fans happy, I guess economics always comes into play.

There is an argument for and against this, my own personal opinion is negative towards impersonators. Basically I think they are all clowns who need to get a proper job and stop humilating Elvis's artistic legacy.

On one point, I appluad EPE for taking some of the money they squeeze out of the Elvis world back into the estate, at least Elvis's estate is getting something.

Have a GREAT day:P

MauriceColgan
11-17-2006, 08:23 PM
There are thousands of Elvis impersonators. Many Elvis Presley fan clubs use them to help make hundreds of thousands of Euros/pounds/dollars for charities.
Here in Dublin the two major Elvis fan clubs have raised substantial sums of money using well known Elvis impersonators. Check out the facts http://www.elvisgolf.com/testimonials.htm

There was only one Elvis Presley just about everyone understands that fact now.
P J Proby and Shakin Stevens played Elvis on stage.

I am aware Elvis impersonators are not going to go away, so why not make use of them? Pragmatic Elvis fans are secure Elvis fans, untroubled by mere impersonators.

Back in the 50s there were thousands of young Elvis impersonators singing in dance halls and pubs all over these islands. Yours truly included.......then I heard myself on tape :blush:

Jumpsuit Junkie
11-17-2006, 10:09 PM
I have to step in here guys and ask you to play nice!!!

We all have opinions on tribute artists, yes there are the good, the bad and the ugly, its the media who will latch on to the ridiculas.

As for all the others well, I think there obviously has to be a need out there otherwise who could they perform to?

It's just plain horses for courses.

Matt

Dovey
11-17-2006, 10:50 PM
You are right Jumpsuit Junkie, nobody forces people to pay the money to go see the Elvis ETA's... it is up the the individial as to what or who they want to spend their money on. That is a Fact!! Dovey ;)

Diane
11-18-2006, 01:09 AM
Well Tim don't let it get to you. I've already posted how I feel. I've never gone to see a Elvis Tribute Artist in my life, have only seened them on TV, wasn't impressed, in face depressed because they just weren't Elvis. BUT, on the other hand, you've made me see the person behind the act and I know I would thoroughly enjoy your show. I would be going to see "Tim" not Elvis. Hope you come to Toledo some time in the next 6 months.

Wild_In_The_Country
12-01-2006, 12:06 AM
I am a Part-time ETA, i do it all for charity, Every last penny i make from it goes to cancer research.

Although i "do" elvis i am also a singer/song writer trying to get signed, but what annoys me and i guess other elvis fans is the bad portrial MANY impersonators or tribute artists make....

Many forget there was only one elvis, and they are never going to be him, also WEIGHT... Many eta's (the ones i have seen here in england) are fat, I have nothing agains fat people, However Elvis was overweight for the last 3-4 years of his life, the man was ill. tribute artists, or impersonators You shouldn't exploit that image and think its okay to wear a jumpsuit and have a 45 inch waist.
Tribute artists should use the 50's - 1973 as a marker.

So many tribute artists in england (dont know about the u.s), cant hold a note in key and seems so many do it for the moeny and not through love of elvis.

In my opinion there should be a govening body of tribute artists, and should need there act approved, as so many give Elvis a bad name, the media has had enough fun dragging elvis through the dirt, i dont think he needs "fans" to help.

/rant over.

vulcandude
12-01-2006, 12:43 AM
Thanks for posting Meg,

I really do not have any problem with Elvis ETA's as long as they do there act with respect to to the KIng.

There was and always will be only "One Elvis" but I do love it that the young people of today do trbutes to him and they love him also. I go see them and most always enjoy them very much.....(even at a not so great show.. it makes you appreciate Elvis that much more)

I truly think they are doing a very good job of keeping Elvis alive in our hearts and in his memory... I always think of Elvis when I go see them and believe he would love knowing that there are so many fans who still love him. ( We all have our own opinions and that is mine)


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.?

Dovey ;) I agree with you Dovey 100%. And I think EPE getting involved in this is a good idea, because it can help weed out the bad impersonators, especially the ones who portray Elvis as he was in the end. I have no problem with EPE doing this whatsoever.

JDD
12-01-2006, 01:58 AM
I agree with you Dovey 100%. And I think EPE getting involved in this is a good idea, because it can help weed out the bad impersonators, especially the ones who portray Elvis as he was in the end. I have no problem with EPE doing this whatsoever.



Yeah but its a weird situation because people don't want them portraying Elvis as he was in the end, but a lot of the same folks are mad at EPE because they won't officially release the footage of Elvis in Concert.

I admit they aren't my thing, but I've never seen a impersonator that I thought was good.

Diane
12-01-2006, 02:27 AM
The only thing that bothers me about this whole business is what are they trying to do? Are they going to try and set up the winning performer as the "NEW ELVIS" like they are thinking of replacing the old TCB Band??? It couldn't work in a million years - there was only one Elvis and never can be another. Same for the TCB band.

I can see that impersonators have their place for some people but in order to fully enjoy them you would have to go without the idea that you're going to see "Elvis" because if you do you're going to be in for a big disappointment.
"Impersonators" is the key word, some are good, some are bad, but none are Elvis.

Jumpsuit Junkie
12-01-2006, 08:04 AM
I agree with you Dovey 100%. And I think EPE getting involved in this is a good idea, because it can help weed out the bad impersonators, especially the ones who portray Elvis as he was in the end. I have no problem with EPE doing this whatsoever.

Your right about EPE getting involved as far as weeding out the riff raff, however will this limit who can apply, is there a specification or entry level, will the winner be from a time period of EPE's choosing?
I will place good money that a 50's tribute artist will win ;)

In time we will see.............

We will never get rid of the overweight 40-something bloke who thinks he can sing like the king :'(

ETA's who take their craft seriously and buy quality Jumpsuits (e.g. B&K Enterprises quality) have more of my respect than some bloke who has spent a few $$ on some inferior quality suit that bares no relation to any design known! I also dislike ETA's who wear Elvis style glasses throughout their routine, Elvis never wore his (apart from a few & never throughout).

Matt

Wild_In_The_Country
12-01-2006, 11:53 AM
Yeah but its a weird situation because people don't want them portraying Elvis as he was in the end, but a lot of the same folks are mad at EPE because they won't officially release the footage of Elvis in Concert.


The differance is we all know elvis was ill and in decline, We loved him no matter what size he was, But the differance witht the tribute artists who portray him from this era exploit the image, :'( . its wrong and if people chose to be a tribute to elvis, they should be lean and mean 50's -73 is fine imo.

i mainly do 50's elvis, and not offten 1968 and 1969 elvis and i make sure before i put on a gold lam'e suit or a jumpsuit i am in the right type of body for this era, I Went on a mad diet for a recent gig that was a recreation of ttwii,because i though it would be wrong to not look the same(body wise) as elvis did in the suit.
You can go on youtube and search ttwii etc, and you will read comments, "WOW, i never knew he was that thin." and fat people donning jumpsuits does not help elvis' image.

JerryNodak
12-01-2006, 02:33 PM
I'm going to a tribute show Dec. 9th, at a casino near the town where I live. The show is called Elvis, Elvis, Elvis. Each preformer portraying a different decade. Should be interesting.

Wild_In_The_Country
12-02-2006, 10:32 PM
i think its better epe take part anyway, as there will always be bad elvis acts so they can simply kick the worst out.

MIElvis
12-03-2006, 03:11 AM
It's funny how some "fans" hate how the media latches onto the impersonators. Let me remind you that it's also the weirdest fans the media seems to include in their stories. They always go for the most wild angle in a story. So you cannot blame ETA's alone for that. Hey I always thought it was a bit over the top to start standing in front of the gate 24 hrs. before the candlelight ceremony starts. Just to be the first one?? There is weird everywhere. Remember even Elvis himself was considered weird at times.