Ultimate Elvis® Tribute Artist™ Contest

Welcome Elvis Tribute Artists!


We would like to take this opportunity to invite you to participate in our fourth annual Niagara Falls Elvis Festival. Licensed by Elvis Presley Enterprises, we are excited to be a preliminary competition for the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest® in Memphis in 2020.


Our Contest Includes:

  • ETAs will compete for the right to represent the Niagara Falls Elvis Festival in the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Semi Final during Elvis Week 2020
  • Opportunity to perform on stage with the renowned Casino Brothers Band
  • Celebrity and experienced Elvis promoters/agents Judges
  • A People's Choice Award
  • $5,000 in prize money
  • Meal vouchers for ETA's are provided in festival welcome package



  • Sylvain Leduc: ETA Competitor

    First Place Winner 2019

    Sylvain Leduc

  • Cote Deonath: ETA Competitor

    Second Place Winner 2019

    Taylor Rodriguez

  • Bruno Nesci: ETA Competitor

    Third Place Winner 2019

    Bruno Nesci

Are you ready to be crowned <em>King</em> of the Ultimate Elvis® Tribute Artist™ contest?

Are you ready to be crowned King of the

Ultimate Elvis® Tribute Artist™ contest?

About This Contest

In 2007, Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. announced an inaugural Elvis tribute artist contest event that was a search for the "best representation of the legacy of Elvis Presley." Twenty-four of the best ETAs from around the world, who had each won a preliminary round of the competition, traveled to Memphis during Elvis Week 2007 to compete in the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest.

In response to the excitement generated by the first contest, Elvis Presley Enterprises has held the contest each year since, with winners of preliminary contests traveling to Memphis each August to compete for the title.

For information on this year's Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, visit the official Graceland website.

Contest Format

For 2020, we will be accepting up to 15 Professional competitors. All competitors will compete in two rounds of two songs on Saturday (morning and afternoon), performing with tracks.

Ten (10) ETAs will move on to the semi final on Sunday morning and five (5) ETAs will compete in the final Sunday evening. Sunday competitors will each perform two songs in the semi final and three songs in the final with The Casino Brothers Band.


Judging will be cumulative through the two preliminary rounds AND the semi final round. The overall winner will be determined by the performance in the final Round.

Prize Structure:

The winner of the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist contest will be eligible to compete in the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest in Memphis in August. Prize money will be paid in Canadian Dollars to the top three ETAs.

  • First Place: $2,000
  • Second Place: $1,000
  • Third Place: $500
  • PLUS
  • ETA representing Niagara Falls Elvis Festival at Graceland will be awarded $1,200
    From B&K Enterprises Costume Co. Inc.:
  • 1st place winner gets $1,000 off a purchase of $2,500
  • 2nd place winner gets $800 off a purchase of $2,000
  • 3rd place winner gets $500 off a purchase off of $1,200

Peoples Choice Award

Fans will have a chance to vote for the People's Choice award after the Saturday afternoon performances. Winner of the People's Choice award will be announced Sunday night at the Finale.

2019 Niagara Falls Elvis Tribute Artist Winners

1st PLACE = SYLVAIN LEDUC – Valleyfield, QC

Sylvain will represent the Niagara Falls Elvis Festival at the UETAC in Memphis. Sylvain Leduc is the 2018 Niagara Falls Elvis Festival Peoples Choice Award Winner and the Niagara Falls Elvis Festival 2019 1st place ETA

Pat Dunn competes in the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest

2nd PLACE = TAYLOR RODRIGUEZ - Virginia, USA

Internationally known, multi award winning Tribute Artist from Goode Virginia, Taylor has been nominated to receive the New Horizon award in Las Vegas in 2019.

TAYLOR RODRIGUEZ competes in the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest

3rd PLACE = BRUNO NESCI - Woodbridge, Ontario

Bruno Nesci has been performing as Elvis since he was 8 years old. Since then, he's worked diligently to produce his professional concert and bring it to the highest level. Nesci has the looks, moves and voice which makes him one of the best Elvis performers in the business.

Bruno Nesci is the 2017 Niagara Falls Elvis Festival People's Choice Award Winner and the Niagara Falls Elvis Festival 2019 2nd place ETA.

Bruno Nesci competes in the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest

List of all our prestigious ETA Competitors - 2020


MICHAEL CULLIPHER (Fort Smith, AR)

Born in Fort Smith, Arkansas in 1990 and raised in rural Sallisaw, Oklahoma; Michael Cullipher spent much of his childhood playing sports and singing along with Elvis Presley music. Michael was raised attending the Akins Assembly of God Church of Akins, Oklahoma. His affinity for Elvis and gospel music led to his true calling of being an Elvis Tribute Artist. Cullipher’s parents, Ed and Diane, provided support and guidance which allowed him time to refine his vocal, dance and performance skills. He uses his work performing year-round across from Graceland as a means of bringing memories and the experience of Elvis Presley back to Presley’s dedicated fans and to new generations of fans. Michael’s favorite Elvis song is “If I Can Dream”. Lifelong study and God-given talent, along with stories and recollections from friends and family of Elvis, helped to form a basis for his highly accurate tribute.


Michael Cullipher competes as Elvis Presley



BRUNO NESCI (Woodbridge, Ontario)

Bruno Nesci has been performing as Elvis since he was eight years old. Since then, he's worked diligently to produce his professional concert and bring it to the highest level. Bruno hos toured around the wold and is a multi-award winning Elvis Tribute Artist including the two time Tweed Champion and the Penticton Elvis Festival champion.

Bruno Nesci is the 2017 and 2019 Niagara Falls Elvis Festival People's Choice Award winner and he can't wait to come back to see all the fans and friends.


STAY CONNECTED WITH BRUNO
Bruno Nesci competes in the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest



DAVE WEAVER (Arkport, NY)

I have been a fan of Elvis Presley ever since I was a kid. I’ve been performing Tribute to Elvis for 20 years, after I started my DJ/Karaoke Business. The fans are most incredible and the ETA family has been so helpful in improving my performances. I have met a lot of wonder people along this incredible journey!

In keeping true to Elvis’ generosity, my wife and I raise a lot of money, each year for Relay for Life/American Cancer Society. We’ll never be able to give as much as he did, but we’ve dedicated a big part of our lives trying to make a difference in the fight against cancer.

We look forward to participating in your wonderful Festival again for the 3rd year. Thank you for accepting me. I hope to do Elvis and his fans proud.


STAY CONNECTED WITH DAVE
Dave Weaver competes as Elvis Presley



STEVE BENDEN

Steve Benden is an Elvis Tribute Artist with the ability to seamless cover all three decades of Elvis Presley’s career. Steve performs stage shows from the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s as well as the movies. Steve’s been an Elvis fan since he was 5 years old when he heard his dad performing Elvis songs on the guitar, watching Elvis movies with him mom, and playing their Elvis 45’s. While Steve has just started competing at Elvis Festivals, he’s performed Elvis Tribute Shows for a number of years with his band. Steve is also a multi-instrumentalist and an independent song writer and recording artist. He’s won several song writing awards, released several CD’s, attained international airplay on internet radio, and has recently had ‘3’ #1 songs of the month with conglomerates such as Berkshire Media Group: Don’t Break My Heart, Condition Critical, and I Come In From The Rain; on internet radio. He won both Artist of the Year and the prestigious Executive Award for the Alternative Rock Category with Akademia Music. His allegiance, however, remains true to performing Elvis Tribute Shows. He’s currently the Director of Strategy and Performance for Maryland’s Department of Human Services. He’s also a veteran with multiple deployments and recently retired as a Colonel from the Air Force, after serving 32 years


Steve Benden competes as Elvis Presley