Dean Z
 

2013 UETAC Champion

 

Pro Champion

Flaming Star Festival 2019

Cote Deonath
 
Connor Russo

Youth Champion

Flaming Star Festival 2016

When Dean was 3, the documentary "This Is Elvis" was being broadcast on television. He immediately cleared the coffee table, jumped on top of it and started trying to imitate Presley’s every move. Not long after, Dean's mother made his first Elvis jump suit, and he was on his way."The first song I sang on stage was ‘Jailhouse Rock.’ Every time I shook the audience would scream, and I’ve been shaking ever since." Z said.

After performing in several shows of his own, Dean took off for the bright light city that would set his soul on fire, Las Vegas, at age 17. He relocated to the entertainment mecca to attain the goal of establishing himself as a well-known act. Throughout the next 12 years, Dean performed in Vegas, and has paid tribute to "The Memphis Flash" in Japan, Australia, Norway, Denmark, England, across Canada and the United States.Dean soon earned a spot with the World's Greatest Live Tribute Show, "Legends in Concert," then in 2007, moved to headlining the show in Branson, Missouri."There's just the right amount of production without watering down the authentic spirit of Elvis in the 50's," Dean says of his daily shows at Legends, Branson.As soon as Dean takes the stage, the stakes are automatically raised. Any preconceived notions are quickly dispatched as Dean takes the form of "The Rockabilly Cat" and never lets up. The young, smooth, grinning rebel Elvis with shiny black hair that is the envy of every man who may ever lay eyes on it comes alive in front of your very eyes.

In 2013, Dean decided it was time to go after the title of Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist. Sanctioned by Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. The Ultimate Elvis® Tribute Artist Contest™ involved hundreds of Elvis tribute artists competing in 29 preliminary events all over the world for an invitation to the Ultimate Elvis® Tribute Artist Contest™ Dean performed a version of "Jailhouse Rock" that had the crowd worked into a frenzy. He brought the house down, and was soon presented with a championship belt, the title of Ultimate Elvis 2013 from EPE, a check for $20,000 and tens of thousands of new fans.

 

The year 2014 was a banner year for Dean, who received the Heart Of The King Award in Las Vegas at the former Las Vegas Hilton, on the same stage the Elvis himself performed over 700 shows during the 1970’s. He also fulfilled a childhood dream of performing for the flagship Legends In Concert production in Las Vegas at the Flamingo Hotel and Casino. Dean also had the pleasure of being a part of the national touring production Elvis Lives, a live musical highlighting Elvis’ career that features world champions from the Ultimate Elvis® Tribute Artist Contest™ .

 

This year alone, Dean is slated to be a part of the Celebrating the King Cruise in May, followed by headlining stints at more than a dozen of the largest, most well-attended Elvis Festivals in the world, from Canada to England, and from Moscow to Memphis.

 

“I feel so honored to sing the greatest music ever made," Dean said with his trademark grin. "Making people happy when I’m on stage is so fulfilling, and it’s all because of Elvis. He stands the test of time, and as long as the world wants to hear his music, I’ll be ready to sing it.”

Cote Deonath interest in Elvis started at the age of two when his grandmother sat with him to watch the Elvis movie, "Follow That Dream." His first live performance was at the age of five and in 2014 Cote competed in the Georgia Elvis Festival, winning his first contest in the Non-Pro Division. He competed many times in the Youth Division at the "I'll Remember You" competition in Live Oak, FL, and there in 2015 won his first Professional Division competition. Cote wrapped up Elvis Week 2015 by winning Fan Favorite and champion of the Semi-Pro Division at the Images of the King competition. In 2016 Cote won his first Ultimate qualifier contest at the Tampa Bay Elvis Festival and placed in the top 10 in Memphis. Cote qualified for the Ultimate in 2017 by winning the Tupelo Elvis Festival. Cote was the 2018 Champion of the Niagara Falls Elvis Festival.  

Connor Russo is from Toronto, Canada and has loved Elvis from the very beginning. His first words were "Blue Shoes" and as a young boy, he loved Elvis like most boys love super heroes.

 

He began performing at the age of 4 and has won 14 Youth titles including 2 Championships at Flaming Star.

 

For Connor, there have always been 2 seasons - Elvis season and hockey season – but they now overlap. In addition to performing his Elvis tribute and playing Canada's greatest game, he loves to play guitar, drums and more recently bass.  He also has a YouTube channel – Connor’s Corner – in which he talks about all things hockey (and plays a little music).

 

Connor has a soft spot for Flaming Star.  He has performed at every Flaming Star Festival so far and loves its intimate environment.  He is looking forward to spending a great weekend with his Elvis family at Flaming Star once again this year.