In memory of the 30th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s passing, BBC London created “The World’s Greatest Elvis” contest.

This is the world’s largest Elvis Tribute Artist Contest!

The contestants were not chosen by inscription, but by a strict selection, made by BBC London crew and by the show judges: Joe Esposito – one of Elvis’ best friends, Suzi Quatro – international singer, and Craig Revel – accomplished choreographer and theatre director.
BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation), considered the world’s most respected television channel together with a team of expert judges gave total credibility to the contest.

Below is a brief note presented by BBC in the contest:

“Welcome to the World’s Greatest Elvis, tonight we’re celebrating the life and music of Elvis Aaron Presley, the King of Rock’n’Roll! The man who sold hundreds of millions of records and got more number one records than anyone else in history. And now, 30 years after his death, we’ve searched the four corners of the globe and found the 30 best Elvis Tribute Artists the world has to offer…”

Brazil was one of the countries where they made that selection, they’ve searched through the internet on the best Elvis Tribute Artist websites, watched videos, compared photographs, etc.

MARK RIO was the one and only impersonator from Brazil and from all the Latin America to be selected!

That was the first time that Latin America counted with a representative in an Elvis Tribute Artist worldwide contest!

This is not an annual contest, it only takes place in very special dates!

MARK RIO is considered the best Elvis Tribute Artist from Latin America and one of the 30 best in the world by BBC London.

The contest, that was also an Elvis A. Presley special, was broadcasted in three parts of 60 minutes each, it took 8 days of rehearsals and recording to be broadcasted on BBC1, the main BBC channel, it counted with a wonderful 20 piece orchestra (most of them ensemble from Celine Dion’s band) and Vernon Kay as host.

This is the greatest recognition that an Elvis Tribute Artist could have, MARK RIO’s participation in the contest definitely made the world see and appreciate the job of every Elvis Tribute Artist from Latin America that pay their tribute to Elvis with love and respect.

Below is part of a thank you note sent to MARK RIO from BBC:

“We just wanted to send you a note to say thank you so much , it was fantastic to meet you !
…In the future we will be sure to look you up and come and see your perform a whole show !”.
BBC de Londres, The World’s Greatest Elvis – Production Team.

Check the pictures from the best moments, the contract, documents and the video of MARK RIO’s participation on this great event!





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