Did I get the attention of all of the Canton Hons?! That's right; Elvis is going to be performing on MySpace! Ok, well not the real Elvis. Just hundreds of impersonators who will be competing in the Elvis karaoke contest on MySpace. No joke. I am not sure if this is a marketing ploy to introduce Elvis to a younger generation or MySpace to an older one, or if it is just for kicks.
The well known social network owned by News Corp. is better known for attracting a demographic for which the King has always been dead, announced that it will be hosting an official Elvis karaoke competition for “Elvis Week 2008,” running from August 9th to the 17th. This is through a partnership with Elvis Presley Enterprises. Members can enter starting August 4th by submitting videos of Elvis song performances to MySpace’s karaoke site. Elvis Presley Enterprises has also launched an official MySpace page too.
The winner will perform live onstage at Elvis’ historic Graceland home with other entertainers who actually performed with Elvis himself. Ten second-place winners get a DVD of Viva Las Vegas as well a MP3 player loaded with Elvis songs. Twenty third-place winners will receive a one-year membership to the “Official Elvis Insiders” club.
Note: The contest is one of singing, not impersonating. Although I am sure we will see many lip-curled, cape wearing entrants.