Suspicious Minds

Judges and Emcees

Meet the Judges

Sean Luce

Sean was “Raised On Rock” in Lincoln, Nebraska. The only music that was playing on the record player was 45’s of Elvis and the Beatles. Sean saw one of Elvis’ last concerts in Lincoln, Nebraska on June 20th, 1977. As a motivational speaker, sales consultant and award winning author, Sean has traveled over 4 million miles since 2000 conducting seminars on sales and marketing on three continents and in all 50 United States, working with Fortune 500 companies, universities, television and radio stations, internet firms, newspapers and magazines, and the National Association of Broadcasters and the Radio Advertising Bureau. He’s on the road 40-plus weeks a year taking the “Liquid Fire” message to help others achieve their goals. His newest book “The Liquid Fire” is one of the top selling media marketing books. Sean is a contributing writer for various national publications in business, sales and sales management. He’s been featured in many of media’ top magazines, including Advertising Age, Promo magazine, and Radio Ink and many more. Like Elvis, he’s also an avid student of martial arts and uses the connection between martial arts and sales in many of his seminars. Sean is known on the seminar circuit for wearing “Leather Pants” …inspired by Elvis! Sean is the Head National Instructor for the Luce Performance Group International based in Houston, Texas and Los Angeles, California.

Denise Macris

Denise Macris is an avid Elvis fan and has been a strong supporter of many Elvis Festivals throughout Canada and the United States. Denise is the owner and President of a large Marketing and Presentation company. She is a Nationally Recognized expert in communication and presentation skills. Her broad experience critiquing and judging presentations as well as helping to bring out the best in others has won her rave reviews. Denise was recognized in the United States as one of the “100 Most Influential Leaders” in her industry. She has won numerous awards and is a highly recognized columnist and blogger. As the wife of a winning Tribute Artist Denise knows what it takes to be a Champion. With a passion for performance and presentation arts, Denise loves watching Elvis Tribute Artists.

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A life long Elvis super fan and a well known ETA photographer resides near Collingwood, Ontario. Eva has judged many contest around the globe and is thrilled to return to Penticton for the 3rd time. Over the past several years co-produced several top concerts in Europe with some of the very top Elvis Tribute Artists. Her favourite time of the year is the Elvis week in Memphis, where she returns every August.

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LOUISE LEPORE has delighted audiences across Western Canada for many years with her memorable smokey blues voice and her unique warmth and charm. She's the mother of 3 great guys, plays guitar and mandolin and she writes songs that sing their way into your soul. She openly shares her joyful approach to life and music with every audience and people are left with the feeling of being part of something very special. Louise continues to perform around the Edmonton area  so look her up if you are ever in town , she will be pleased to see you!

Our Emcees

Dino Macris

Dino grew up in Renton Washington and enjoyed singing and listening to music from a early age , he grew fond of Elvis watching and singing along with his movies in the 1960s , since then Dino has been singing to audiences throughout the United States and Canada and has competed in many Professional Competitions , he has won several competitions and was the winner of the Penticton Elvis Festival in 06 and currently sings in Festivals and Music venues throughout the country

Mike Schell

Mike is proud to be back as emcee for the Festival Kick-off party. This is Mike’s 16th year performing in the Official Festival Band. He is also a Vice President of the Penticton Elvis Festival and is Music Director for the 10 piece Cadillac Kings show band in which he sings bass and plays trumpet. Let’s have a great weekend and pay tribute to the King of Rock & Roll!

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Lee has been a tribute artist for 7yrs now and has very quickly risen through the ranks to become one of the UK and Europe’s top Elvis tribute artists. An Elvis fan first and foremost, Lee takes great pride and passion performing his tribute to the King of Rock and Roll. He lives just outside London and performs all over England, Europe, and the world. In a short time he has become a multi award winning artist.Return to Graceland 2016 Grand ChampionEuropean Gospel Grand Champion 2017Porthcawl, Best festival Elvis, Grand Champion 2017King of Spain. Grand Champion 2018He also finished Top 5 in the Niagara Falls, 2019, Tupelo(2018) and a Penticton finalist 2017 & 2019 Ultimate Qualifiers. Singing Elvis is his passion and brings this to every performance. Before Elvis, there was nothing.
Return to Graceland 2016 Grand Champion
European Gospel Grand Champion 2017
Porthcawl, Best festival Elvis, Grand Champion 2017
King of Spain. Grand Champion 2018
He also finished Top 5 in the Niagara Falls, 2019, Tupelo(2018) and a Penticton finalist 2017 & 2019 Ultimate Qualifiers. Singing Elvis is his passion and brings this to every performance. Before Elvis, there was nothing.

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Canadian ETA Bruno Nesci has been in the Entertainment Business for 22 years as a ETA and has Won Numerous first place wins across the world but finds his most special win as the 2019 Penticton Elvis Festival champion and Representing Penticton at the ultimate In Memphis  . Bruno it's so proud to be back in Penticton as a special guest emcee and looks forward to seeing all the amazing Elvis fans once again.