2015 Elvis Week Champions

MEMPHIS, TN. Elvis Week is a time celebrating the life and legacy of Elvis Presley culminated by the annual Candlelight Vigil. It’s also a time for a trinity of major contests produced by three renown entertainment companies. Each contest is listed in alphabetical order.

  • E.P.I.C. The Elvis Presley Impersonator Championships, produced by Brown Productions, is the largest contest with 43 competitors this year.  EPIC produces three contests in one allowing contestants to compete with their peers in the categories of Professional, Semi-Professional, and Youth. Brown Productions has been providing tribute shows since 2003 and represents hundreds of tribute artists.
  • Images of the King is produced by Sherry Management and holds the distinction as “the foundation upon which the modern world of Elvis Tribute Artists stands on.” The contest was established by Elvis’ veterinarian and friend, Edward “Doc” Franklin, in 1987.  Images of the King produces three contests in one allowing contestants to compete against their peers in three categories:  Professional, Non-Professional, and Youth.
  • Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest has been produced by Graceland and Elvis Presley Enterprises since 2007. The UETAC is the holy grail most ETAs strive to win. It is the ultimate recognition and validation an ETA can win; equivalent to winning an Oscar™.

Every contest has produced a number of winners over the years. Following are all the winners for 2015 from each of the contests.

E.P.I.C. Grand Champion: Dwight Icenhower

EPIC Dwight Icenhower

Dwight Icenhower began his career 17 years ago as a junior in high school performing in a high school musical. Since then, Dwight has traveled around the world with his tribute to Elvis Presley. Dwight’s mother introduced him to Elvis’ music at a very young age and has loved him ever since. He says being a tribute artist is a dream come true and to be recognized for my tribute is a real honor. His favorite Elvis song is “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” (http://bit.ly/1JXvMGa Graceland.com 2015 Ultimate ETA Semifinalist)

Second Place: Mario Kombou
Third Place: Victor Trevino, Jr.

Semi-Pro Champion: Taylor Rodriquez

EPIC Taylor Rodriquez

Taylor Rodriguez has many attributes: he is kind, thoughtful, loving, and very talented. As an Elvis Presley Tribute Artist, the son of Hector and Donna Rodriguez, he often performs at his parents restaurant, El Cazador in Bedford, Virginia…he has already performed for many organizations, rescue squads, adult care centers, homes for the disabled, various charity events and at Graceland. If you have the pleasure of watching him perform, you’ll witness him effortlessly moving to the audience, capturing the essence of Elvis Presley as he charms many adoring fans. His confidence and ease contradict his young age.  (http://bit.ly/1UIwE4s  TaylorRodriquezElvis.com)

Second Place: Drake Milligan
Third Place: Brad Mitchell

Youth Champion:  Gavin O’Brien

EPIC Gavin O'Brien

Gavin O’ Brien is small town boy with dreams as big as the world.  His love for rockabilly music was sparked by a fifth grade report about Elvis Presley which he was reluctant to do in the first place.  Little did he know a homework assignment would be the catalyst to become an entertainer and Elvis Tribute Artist.  (http://on.fb.me/1EsF4Ui Facebook Fan Page)

Second and third place Youth winners were unavailable at time of posting.

Images of the King Champion:  Brycen Katolinsky

Images of the King Champion - Brycen Katolynski

Brycen started performing at the age of 10 as an Elvis Tribute Artist and has won 28 championship titles. At just 15, Brycen won in the adult division in Kitchener, taking the Non-Pro Grand Championship, as well as overall Champion. Brycen was the Headliner in Lake George in 2014 at the Lake George Elvis Festival. Brycen lives in Ontario, Canada.(http://on.fb.me/1UJkJn6 Bycen Katolinsky Facebook Fan Page)

Second Place:  Tim Hendry
Third Place:  Patrick Dunn

Non-Professional Winner:  Cote Deonath

Images of the King - Cote Deonath

Cote Deonath is 18 years old and lives in Ocala, FL.  He has been singing Elvis since the age of 3.  His grandmother sat him down in front of the TV and played the movie ‘Follow That Dream’ and since then he has loved Elvis.  (http://bit.ly/1DTYfvn  Images of the King Competing Tribute Artists)

Second Place:  Taylor Rodriquez
Third Place: Dan Barella

Youth Winner: Gavin O’Brien

Images of the King - Gavin O'Brien

Gavin O’ Brien is small town boy with dreams as big as the world.  His love for rockabilly music was sparked by a fifth grade report about Elvis Presley which he was reluctant to do in the first place.  Little did he know a homework assignment would be the catalyst to become an entertainer and Elvis Tribute Artist.  (http://on.fb.me/1EsF4Ui Facebook Fan Page)

Second Place: Finley Watkins
Third Place: Lain Crew

Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Winner: David Lee

2015 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Champion - David Lee

David Lee is from Birmingham, Alabama. Almost 20 years ago, a co-worker turned him on to some of Elvis’ more obscure music. He started listening more and more to Elvis’ music and became a big fan. He says it is an honor to be part of such a prestigious event paying tribute to the one and only King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. His favorite Elvis songs are “Promised Land” and “Unchained Melody.”  (http://bit.ly/1JXvMGa Graceland.com 2015 Ultimate ETA Semifinalist)

Second Place: Dwight Icenhower
Third Place: Ryan Pelton

Photo: Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc.

Congratulations to all the ETAs and thank you for keeping the life, legacy, music, and memory of Elvis Presley alive.  Thank you to Brown Productions, Sherry Management, and Elvis Presley Enterprises for producing the exciting contests each year and providing a venue for fans to relive the memories and make new ones.

All bios were copied from the respective organizer’s website.
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