“ELVIS THEN, NOW & FOREVER” Auditions for New Reality Television Show Complete

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Auditions for a new reality show, Â?ELVIS THEN, NOW & FOREVER,Â? are completed and the show is ready for production. Some 450 Elvis impersonators came to the audition call.

From the mind that originally created the American Idol concept, Mr. Harry T. Keane, Jr. has now fully developed the next reality competition. Based on the original concept by Mr. Keane in 1994 as revised in 1998 and 2003, Elvis impersonators from around the world now have a chance to demonstrate to the world their talent as the King of Rock & Roll.

For the past 5 months the producers of "ELVIS, THEN, NOW & FOREVER" have been auditioning Elvis impersonators from around the world, each hoping to become one of the first 20 contestants on the new reality television show, “ELVIS, THEN, NOW & FOREVER.” The show is scheduled to be released on national television in November 2005.

Around 450 entrants were vying to become one of the first 20 contestants to perform on national television. Some 1,500 individuals scored and ranked the entries. They had a difficult time selecting the final 20 contestants. Contestants were evaluated on stage presence, overall appearance, movements and of course voice.

Many of the best known Elvis tribute artists entered the competition, including James Wages, Kraig Parker, Matt Spalding, Chris Solano, Rick Dunham, Robin Kelly, David Lee, Rick Alviti, Steve Murphy and Matt King, just to name a few. Mr. Keane has produced several dozen Elvis tribute shows over the past twenty years, including James Wages and the legendary Johnny Harra.

“I admire each of these talented artists for their tribute to the late King of Rock & Roll,” Keane said. “They each give their audience a taste of the King's legacy, each in their own unique way. As great as these performers are, we all realize that there was only one King of Rock & Roll. It is amazing that more than 20 years after his death, people who not yet born love Elvis’ music.”

The winner of “ELVIS, THEN, NOW & FOREVER” will receive a prize package including a near mint-condition 1968 Cadillac, a $25,000 recording contract, a $100,000 performance contract for one year and $25,000 cash. The first runner up will receive a $10,000 performance contract and $2,500 cash, while the next 3 runners-up will each get $2,500 cash.

Members of the public will evaluate weekly who is their favorite Elvis tribute artist. Eventually they will determine who the next King of Rock & Roll is.

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