About the Festival

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Is Priscilla coming back this year?

We’d love to have Elvis’ former wife Priscilla Presley back and we’ve extended the invite to her and the whole family for a future visit. Unfortunately, we’re not aware of any plans for her to return in 2017.

How is the Competition winner selected?

Competitors perform for a panel of judges in three rounds of competition. The Qualifying Round begins on Friday with all competitors performing one song for the judges on our outdoor Festival Centre stage. The Top 30 scoring competitors, 15 from each division, move on to the Semi-Finals performing two songs each on the Showcase Stage in the Eddie Bush Memorial Arena.

Adult competitors moving on to the Grand Finals, also on the Showcase Stage in the Eddie Bush Memorial Arena, perform three songs for the Top 10 in the Pro division; two songs for the Top 5 in the Non-Professional division; and the Top 3 in the Youth division will perform one song for the judges. Scores determine the order of our winners and our new Grand Champions.

Overall highest scoring competitor in the Professional Division will appear in Memphis, TN, as our representative in the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest held annually in August.

How are the Judges chosen?

Judges are selected based on their level of Elvis experience including choreography, musical knowledge, judging experience, personal Elvis experience (seen him in concert, worked with him etc.), extent of overall Elvis career knowledge and commitment to confidentiality and ability to complete all duties.

What is the judging criteria for competitors?

There are five (5) sets of judging criteria in our competition but the point value varies by Division.

Criteria:

Vocals
Performance
Stage Presence/Showmanship
Appearance; and
Overall Tribute to Elvis/Authenticity

Professionals score out of 100
Non Professionals score out of 50
Youth score out of 25

Memphis Ultimate Score Sheets score out of 50.

All competitors receive a copy of their individual score sheets from each round they participated in, as well as any judges comments that may be available.

Each round of competition is with our Festival houseband.

Can I purchase Elvis memorabilia at the Festival?

Absolutely! We’ve got a great selection of vendors offering Elvis memorabilia, as well as 50’s and 60’s items.

What are the dates for next year’s Festival?

The dates for 2019 are July 26th to 28th celebrating the Festival’s 25th Anniversary.

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