Parkes Elvis Festival, 2019: Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artists winner | Video, photos, pictures

AT just 22 years old Brody Finlay has become the youngest ever person to take out the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist contest.

The annual contest puts the best of the best tribute artists to the test and this year 18 Elvii competed for the crown.

During the two day competition, expert Elvii from across Australia and New Zealand took to the Parkes Leagues Club stage to shake, rattle and roll before a panel of international judges.

Contestants were judged on vocals, appearance, stage presence and the overall quality of the performance.

In a very tough competition, Mr Finlay was declared the winner, while Gabe Phoenix of Karragarra Island in Queensland took out second place and Marcus Jackson of Melbourne came in third.

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As well as winning a cash prize of $3000, Mr Finlay will go on to represent Parkes in the semi-finals of the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest at Elvis Week in Memphis, USA this August.

Mr Finlay, who comes from Townsville in Queensland, only begun working as a tribute artist just a couple of years ago.

“It was a really tough competition and to be announced as first place and to go on to represent Parkes in Memphis is phenomenal. I’m still speechless,” he said.

Mr Finlay also won the Elvis Tribute Artist competition at the 2018 VIVA Surfers Paradise.

Parkes Elvis Festival director Cathy Treasure said Mr Finlay was an incredible performer.

“[He] brings a unique energy and stage presence to his depiction of The King,” she said.

“The whole city of Parkes will be cheering him on in August when he represents us in the USA.”

The Parkes Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest is officially endorsed by Elvis Presley Enterprises.