Showcase of Champions

Saturday October 30, 2021

 

Gordon Hendricks
 

2017 UETAC Champion

 

Pro Champion

Flaming Star Festival 2019

Cote Deonath
 
Connor Russo

Youth Champion

Flaming Star Festival 2016

Gordon Hendricks is very excited to apply his Elvis Tribute Artist experience to being at judge for the second time at Flaming Star Festival. Gordon will be busy at the Festival all weekend long with his many roles as one of the Headliners of the Showcase of Champions, a Judge, special guest at the Gospel Show as well as singing a few tunes throughout the events over the weekend.

Not only is Gordon Hendricks the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest - Memphis 2017 Champion, he has won Collingwood Elvis Festival Championship twice – in 2014 and 2017.   In 2013 Gordon won Tweed Tribute to Elvis Championship.

Gordon also celebrated the 40th anniversary of the satellite broadcast of “Aloha from Hawaii” in 2013 by presenting a full theatre production of this show in the United Kingdom along with 20 musicians and singers including the Stamps and Sweet Inspirations.

When Elvis was in the Army he was based at Freidberg, Germany, where he also met Priscilla, and on February 25th, 2016 the town celebrated 800 years.  The organizers not only had a video message from Priscilla congratulating them and reminiscing on the part Freidberg played in her and Elvis’ life but the organizers chose Gordon to perform at their Civic Ceremony of Celebration.

Following Collingwood in 2014, he signed a contract to record a CD in Nashville with Jerry Foster who along with Bill Rice wrote many international numbers for Elvis.  Gordon recently launched his Stripped Bare Acoustic CD showcasing his favourite Elvis songs in simple acoustic arrangements. His CD and performances featuring these songs accentuate his incredible talent.

Gordon continues to entertain people all over the world with his shows.  We are delighted to have Gordon join us once again at the Flaming Star Festival.

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.