Elvis Presley Enterprises Announces 2022 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Judges


We are excited to announce the list of judges for the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest 2022 Semi-Final and Final.

Judges will select the 2022 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest winner based on who they believe best represents the legacy of Elvis Presley. They will evaluate the semi-finalists in the areas of singing, appearance, stage presence and overall performance quality. See the list of semi-finalists.

Tickets for the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Semi-Final and Final on August 10 and 12 are still available through Graceland Reservations by calling 800-238-2000 or 901-332-3322 or online at ElvisWeek.com.

marlyn mason

Bright and vivacious lead actress Marlyn Mason was born in San Fernando, California and began performing at the age of 5. In 1956, 16-year-old Marlyn turned to television with several episodes of “Matinee Theatre”. Throughout the 1960s, she would firmly establish herself in the medium with guest roles on all the popular shows of the time. Blessed with an inviting, effervescent smile, she added sparkle and sparkle to such light-hearted sitcoms like “My Three Sons,” “Father Knows Best,” “Gomer Pyle,” “Hey Landlord,” and ” Occasional Wife”, while showing her dramatic courage on “Burke’s Law”, “Ben Casey” (a seven-part story), “Dr. Kildare”, “Laredo”, “Bonanza”, “Run for Your Life”, ” The Invaders” and “Perry Mason” (the final episode of the original series).

Marlyn’s early singing lessons paid off later when she was signed to co-star with Robert Goulet, Sally Ann Howes and Peter Falk in a television special of Brigadoon (1966), followed by the role of Carrie in Carousel (1967) again with Goulet.

Although the actress made her film debut in the early 1960s with an unbilled role in Because They’re Young (1960) with Dick Clark and Victoria Shaw, Marlyn would not return to the big screen until the very end. of the decade when she landed her best-known film role as the daughter of Elvis Presley in one of his last films. While filming The Trouble with Girls (1969), she had the opportunity to share a duet with the legend on the new song “Sign of the Zodiac”.

Sam Thompson

Sam Thompson was introduced to Elvis Presley in 1972 by his sister, Linda Thompson. An officer with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department at the time, Elvis and Sam became fast friends and in July 1973, Elvis bought a house for Sam near Graceland. In November 1973, Elvis visited Sam’s house and recorded the tracks released by BMG on the CD called “Made In Memphis”. While still a deputy sheriff, Sam provided security for Elvis and traveled with Elvis on the road tours from 1973 to 1976 as a friend and companion to Elvis. In June 1976, Sam went to work full-time for Elvis, as a personal bodyguard and tour agent, providing security for Elvis on all road tours, including hotel and airport security.

The first member of the Memphis mob to leave Graceland after Elvis’ death, Sam returned to the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department and later earned his law degree. In October 1977, at Vernon Presley’s personal request, he returned to Graceland to oversee the internment of Elvis and his mother Gladys at Meditation Garden.

After a successful law practice and 10 years on the bench as a judge in Memphis, Sam moved to California and became a shareholder in 143 Records, a joint venture with The Warner Music Group. As Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs, Sam was instrumental in brokering the signings of artists such as Josh Groban and Michael Bublé. After moving to Las Vegas, Sam finally retired in 2011 as chairman of the Nevada Public Utilities Commission.

Donna Tut

Wife of legendary drummer Ronnie Tutt, Donna joins Elvis Week to share her extensive experience first-hand. Originally from Southern California, where she met Ronnie, Donna grew up as an athlete and dancer. She worked as a flight attendant on Elvis charters and traveled extensively with the group. The rest is history. 49 wonderful years of marriage and 10 kids later, it would be an understatement to say she’s “seen it all.” Besides being Ronnie’s partner, she was/is also a vital part of the TCB production group. Whether she lent her taste and skills to help design stage wear in the 70s, or assisted in tour management/production assistance for Elvis the Concert and TCB overseas these years, his involvement was not that of an average spouse. She also worked as Neil Diamond’s choreographer, alongside Ronnie on drums, for over 15 years at the end of Neil’s touring days.

Scott Williams

Scott Williams is the president and CEO of Discovery Park of America in Union City, Tennessee. Previously, he was president and chief operating officer of the Newseum in Washington, DC Williams earned his journalism degree from the University of Memphis. He went on to hold positions with several advertising agencies and other organizations, including ServiceMaster, Inc., Baptist Memorial Health Care, and Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc.

While working with the management team of Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. from 2000 to 2012, Williams worked on numerous projects including Elvis Week, the annual celebration of Elvis’ birthday, “Viva Elvis” from Cirque du Soleil, The Elvis Cruise and The Ultimate Elvis Tribute. Artist competition.

His third book, “The Accidental Fame and Lack of Fortune of West Tennessee’s David Crockett”, was published in 2021. Williams is also the author of “An Odd Book, How the First Modern Pop Culture Reporter Conquered New York” and ” The Forgotten Adventures of Richard Halliburton: A High-Flying Life from Tennessee to Timbuktu.”


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