Adding to the magic were the Legendary Jordanaires! Exceptionally talented vocalists and recording artists in their own rite (Grammy winners, induction into the Gospel, CMA, NACMAI and Rockabilly Halls of Fame and numerous other awards), the Jordanaires had the audience awestruck as they performed by themselves in segments throughout the weekend and received many standing ovations! Especially touching were the stories they shared with the audience about their on and off stage memories of Elvis Presley. The praise and admiration shown towards on of the greatest legends of our time was sincerely depicted by the Jordanaires and appreciated by all who listened!
Lights roved around the arena, the theme of 2001 Space Odyssey began to play, the charismatic deepn voice of Mr Dan Lentino made the introduction, curious murmurs were heard and heads turned to see a team of security guards escorting Shawn Klush down the aisle. Before he made it to the stage, shaking many hands along the way, the murmurs were replaced by a thunderous roar of applause! Shawn Klush, with the Sweet Inspirations providing back up vocal, re-created the magic of the Aloha From Hawaii Concert! Another authentic and fantastic performance! What a way to top off an incredibly entertaining day of events, and of course, what authentic "Elvis concert" could be complete without Al Dvorin, host of the show, bringing the curtains down saying "Ladies and gentlemen, Elvis has left the building".
The parade of antique cars filled with the stars of the shows strolled through the streets of Canada's capital city began at 9 am. By 10 am, the arena began to fill up to see contestants in the semi finals. The afternoon was filled with entertainment, beginning with the Historical Performance. Ryan Pelton starred in the exact re-creation of Elvis' 1957 Ottawa Concert, performing a 9 song set with the Jordanaires. Clad in the gold lame jacket, Ryan gave an electrifying performance and the audience was lost in time reliving the event.
Concerts by John Loos (One Night With You), Paul Ross (Elvis On Tour) and Mike Morrissette (Elvis In Concert), entertainingly followed suit. By 8 pm, the contest finals took place, winners (James Begley 1st - Dan Burgess 2nd, Scotty Davis 3rd) were announced and after the closing ceremonies of awards, credits and thanks to the artists and fans who attended and Al Dvorin bided everyone adieu until next year!