RIVERSIDE, CA. There are allegations ETA contests are rigged and the winner is already predetermined. Maybe. Maybe not.
These allegations are often ballyhooed by fans, friends and family members when their favored ETA does not win. I’ve had my own suspicions about the outcomes of contests when there are connections between the winner and the promoter. Honestly, that may just be show biz. It’s a popularity contest with the bottom line always in view.
It’s all speculation, conjecture and lively kerfuffle as far as I’m concerned. If one holds to the opinion ETA contests are rigged, then they rob themselves from the enjoyment of these contests. Moreover, unless there is hard evidence such things happen then it is only opinion. Then again, there is always a modicum of truth to the speculations which are often dramatically inflated without the facts.
Blah, blah, blah. I am boring myself. How about another viewpoint someone brought up in a discussion about contests? An intelligent viewpoint from a professional musician who has over 20 years of experience. It’s a viewpoint I have adopted as my own.
Maybe those who should win, but haven’t won, need to pay their just dues. I think of that scene from Gladiator when Maximus Aurelis learns his master, Proximo, was once an enslaved gladiator and is given some liberating advice.
Listen to me. Learn from me. I was not the best because I killed quickly. I was the best because the crowd loved me. Win the crowd and you will win your freedom.
Maximus paid his dues and won his freedom. He learned what the crowd wanted and gave them something they had never seen.
Win the promoter and you will win the contest. Please, leave your swords and mace at home for larping. You’ve already won the crowd because it’s full of Elvis fans, but every applause is money to the promoter and EPE, Inc. What do promoters and EPE want in a tribute artist? The only way to find out is to pay your dues by entering contests, win or lose. I’ve heard rumors about what they want, but will refrain from commenting. Besides, it’s great exposure and great experience and contests are where I have found some great ETAs to follow. It’s showbiz and it really is a tough way to make a living. Boy, my boy.
Your favorite ETA must earn their just dues if they are to win the Ultimate ETA contest or any contest for that matter. So, sit back and enjoy the contest for what it is: a tribute to Elvis Presley and a good time with family, friends, and fans. Rigged or legitimate, it’s been nothing but a good time.