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SIOUX CITY -- Cliff Wright was the winner of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City's Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest held Saturday at Anthem, the on-site indoor music venue.

He now advances to the finals in Memphis for a chance at a $20,000 prize. 

Wright, an Alabama native, is a musician with a Johnny Cash tribute band and started impersonating the King of Rock and Roll in 2009. His talents took him to headline a show in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He offered a tip to a good Elvis impersonation, confidence along with the basics.

Kurt Brown, the contest producer, said the competing Elvises were judged on criteria including vocals, stage presence, appearance and overall performance.

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