Top 10 Finalists Announced in Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Semifinal Round

August 15, 2013

Congratulations to the winners of the Semifinal Round of the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest. They are listed below in no particular order. These top ten finalists will compete for the title of 2013 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist on Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. The group will be narrowed down to the top five, before the ultimate winner of the contest is announced. Fans can meet the top ten finalists Saturday, August 17 at 11:00 a.m. CT during our live feed here on

Matt Cordell
Winner of the Atlantic City Ultimate ETA Contest

Matt is from Tennessee and is married with a 16-year-old daughter. In his free time, he has an active lifestyle playing pro-softball. His parents introduced him to Elvis when he was a young child and he grew up loving Elvis as well as singing and entertaining people. He says it is an honor to make it along with the top ETAs in the world to the Ultimate ETA Contest in Memphis. His favorite Elvis song is “My Way.”

Jay Dupuis
Winner of the Tupelo Elvis Festival

Jay was born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. At the age of three, he realized his love and passion for the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. As a child, he would dress up in white pants and a shirt, flip up his collar and pretend he was Elvis. Then one day as an adult, he saw a friend performing as an ETA and thought he would like to do that one day. With the help and support of his family and friends, he was able to do just that. Jay considers being an Elvis tribute artist a true blessing and for him it is a great honor to pay tribute to the greatest entertainer of all time. His favorite Elvis song is “Suspicious Minds.”

Adam Fitzpatrick
Winner of the Penticton Elvis Festival

Adam started doing his tribute in 2008 after entering and winning a contest at a local festival. He considers himself lucky to be able to do this for a living. He says being able to compete in Memphis in front of so many fans during Elvis Week is surreal. His favorite Elvis song is ''Bridge Over Troubled Water.''

Chad Collins
Winner of the Las Vegas Ultimate ETA Contest

Chad was born and raised in Nashville. He started his career as a Tim McGraw tribute artist but currently works as an ordained minister at a Las Vegas wedding chapel. His first time performing as Elvis was lip synching to the song “Hurt” in a kindergarten talent show. Chad says that performing on stage as part of the Ultimate ETA Contest is a dream come true and truly an honor. Chad’s favorite Elvis song is “One Night.”

Diogo ''Di'' Leichtweis
Winner of the Sao Paulo Elvis Festival

Born in the early 1980s in Southern Brazil, Diogo has loved music from an early age. As a baby, he listened to Elvis records that belonged to his father. In 2005, Diogo was working as a lawyer and was able to travel to the U.S. for the first time. While here, he visited some of the most meaningful places in the king’s life. After returning to Brazil, he began pursuing his dream to sing and perform his biggest idol’s songs. He says he has so many favorite Elvis songs that he can’t pick just one.

Ben Thompson
Winner of Europe's Tribute To Elvis Contest

Ben has been a committed Elvis fan from a young age and has always loved listening, watching and learning about Elvis. He takes great pride in making sure his tribute to Elvis is respectful and sincere. He performed his first tribute in January 2012 during a local festival in London. His performance was well-received and encouraged him to become an Elvis tribute artist. Being able to compete in Memphis during Elvis Week is a dream come true. His favorite Elvis song is “Hurt.”

Cliff Wright
Winner of the Fill The Blue Suede Shoes Ultimate ETA Contest

Cliff became an Elvis fan at the age of eight years old. After hearing Elvis for the first time on the radio, he began trying to copy Elvis' voice and tone, as well as the emotion Elvis puts in every song. In 2011, Cliff began competing and performing Elvis' music in a northern contest after being stranded with car trouble. So a friend asked him to enter into this contest and he has been doing it ever since. Cliff says it is a dream come true to be part of the contest because he gets to compete in Elvis’ hometown and perform Elvis’ music in front of his fans. Cliff’s favorite Elvis song is “Where No One Stands Alone.”

Jim Barone
Winner of the Food Lion AutoFair Ultimate ETA Preliminary

Jim began entertaining as a teenager doing musical theatre. During the same period, he became an instant Elvis fan after hearing “Return to Sender.” The two passions came together and his career was launched by a simple request to perform at an oldies show. When Jim heard Elvis’ voice for the first time, he feel in love with it. He incorporated several Elvis songs into his performances and the audience wanted more. As a result, his act evolved into an Elvis tribute. His favorite Elvis song is “Are You Lonesome Tonight?”

Michael Chambliss
Winner of the Georgia Elvis Festival

Michael is originally from Mississippi but now lives in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. He grew up listening to stories his father told about serving in the Army with Elvis. As a child, he studied everything he could about Elvis and was struck by how Elvis was able to change and impact the culture of the time. Michael says it is a dream come true to be part of the Ultimate ETA Contest. Michael’s favorite Elvis song is “The Wonder of You.”

Dean Z
Winner of the Rockin' Elvis Fest at Pala Casino

Dean saw Elvis on TV when he was three years old. After that, he cleared off the coffee table in the living room and started dancing and singing. His mom had a jumpsuit made for him and he performed “Jailhouse Rock” at his sister’s school talent show. At the show, he sang along to Elvis’ record and every time he shook, the crowd would scream. At that moment, he was hooked. At age 17, Dean moved to Las Vegas to reach toward his goal of establishing himself as a well-known act. He is honored to be a part of the Ultimate ETA Contest and admires all the ETAs who have gone on to win the contest. His favorite Elvis song is “Bossa Nova.”

Source: EPE & Club President