TUPELO – Four Tupelo Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist winners earned spots in the Top 5 at the Graceland Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Competition during Elvis Week in Memphis.
Ben Thompson, who won Tupelo in 2014, claimed the title of 2018 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist. Diogo Light, Tupelo’s 2015 winner, claimed 2nd place; Cote Deonath, Tupelo’s 2017 winner, claimed 3rd place; and Nick Perkins, Tupelo’s 2018 winner, placed Top 5.
Of the 11 Graceland competitions that have occurred, Tupelo winners have claimed six of the Ultimate titles. Tupelo has been represented in the Top 10 or higher every single year – its winners have had a presence in the Top 10, five times; in the Top 5, three times; and in the Top 3, seven times.
Winning Graceland’s Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Competition is the largest honor an Elvis Tribute Artist can receive. Winners of this competition have pursued careers in film, on Broadway or in Las Vegas.