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TUPELO, Miss. (WCBI) — More than 20 people are hoping to win top honors at a contest honoring the king of rock and roll.

The first round of the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest took place this morning at the BancorpSouth Arena, the new venue for Tupelo’s Elvis Fest.

Performers were backed up by the Expense Account Showband. 22 artists from three foreign countries and 14 states were in the first round.

All years of Elvis Presley’s career were covered, and artists will take part in the second round Saturday. The finals are that same evening.

The winner goes to Memphis to represent Tupelo in the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artists competition, sponsored by Elvis Presley Enterprises.

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