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Could Donny and Marie Osmond be returning to an all-star Season 15 of “Dancing With the Stars” to battle each other? Could Penn Jillette and Gladys Knight receive a similar call?
Tonight as the judges determine the three finalists of Season 14, host Tom Bergeron will announce that Season 15 in September on ABC will be a return of fan favorites from past seasons, and that means offers out to our Las Vegas entertainers -- probably including Spice Girl Mel B from the original “Peepshow” at Planet Hollywood.
Other names rumored today include Sabrina Bryan, Joey Fatone and Kyle Massey, who are currently appearing in “Dancing With the Stars: Live in Las Vegas” at the Tropicana, and regular Las Vegas visitor, former Pussycat Dolls singer and Season 10 champion Nicole Scherzinger.
Maybe current host and Season 7 champion Brooke Burke-Charvet could dance again and “Extra” host Maria Menounos, who should be in the finals of this current season, could swap roles?
Johnny Avello, our Wynn sports book director, produced his odds for the remaining four couples tonight. We’ll know if he’s on target; he’s thinking that Katherine Jenkins, who slipped at the end of her dances Monday night, will exit and that it will come down to Maria, William Levy and Donald Driver as the finalists, and that Green Bay Packers star Donald and Peta Murgatroyd will win the mirrored disco ball trophy.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY: It was 107 years ago today that our glorious city was founded on an 11-acre patch of land sold in 1905 at auction at downtown’s Fremont and Main. The first proprietors of Golden Gate bid on the land beneath the auctioneer’s feet at One Fremont Street and grabbed it for $1,750. Eight months later, the Golden Gate, then Hotel Nevada, opened its doors as the first hotel-casino in Las Vegas. Back in those days, it was $1 a night for a room -- whiskey was extra, and there was no air conditioning. The hotel had the first phone in Las Vegas, and it was just #1. Gambling was outlawed in 1910; in 1931, the Golden Gate tables were dusted off, taken from storage and put back into action.
Shrimp cocktail buffets began there in 1959; the 25th million cocktail was sold in 1991. Under co-owner Mark Brandenburg and new partners Derek and Greg Stevens from 2008, it’s still up and running today with 106 recently remodeled rooms and its first major expansion in 50 years with a 35,000-square-foot luxury tower with 16 suites, a new porte-cochere and valet, extended gaming floor with a high-limit pit featuring its signature dancing dealers and a new lobby displaying artifacts from its past. Its restaurant Du-par’s has been often recognized for Best Pancakes in America and Best Pies in Las Vegas.
GOODWILL DEEDS: Executives and team members at the Venetian and Palazzo will welcome wounded veterans to Las Vegas on Wednesday with a weekend of dining, relaxation and entertainment in a salute to the heroic troops. Owner Sheldon Adelson is picking up the tab for their visit in celebration of Armed Forces Day, with Southwest Airlines and Omaha Steaks joining the Armed Forces Foundation in the salute. The welcoming reception starts at the Palazzo Waterfall & Atrium Gardens at 11 a.m. Then on Thursday, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with Capital One, hosts “Hiring Our Heroes,” a job fair in the Lido Ballroom.
Caesars Palace executives have decreed that all the coins visitors toss into the large fountain in front of the casino hotel (thousands of dollars each year) will be sent to our city’s UMC Trauma Center and Burn Care Unit. The center serves patients within a 10,000-square-mile region, including 2 million greater Las Vegas residents and the city's 40 million annual visitors, as the only free-standing Trauma Center west of the Mississippi providing 24/7 care seven days a week with an astounding 99 percent patient survival rate.
Funnyman Rob Riggle (“The Hangover,” “21 Jump Street,” “Saturday Night Live”) partied at Hyde Bellagio with friends, including Jason “JRoc” Craig. Magicians Criss Angel and Nathan Burton attended magician Murray Sawchuck’s new show at the Tropicana, and they hung out backstage afterward trying to fool one another with card tricks. Christopher Mintz-Plasse (McLovin in “Superbad”) dined at Lavo in the Palazzo before heading upstairs to the boutique nightclub.
Imperial Palace headliner Frank Marino and comedienne Joan Rivers spoofed on bringing Jennifer Aniston to Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s wedding during a skit on Joan’s “Fashion Police” on E! Mexican singer-songwriter and actress Anahi celebrated her 29th birthday at XS in Steve Wynn’s Encore. Anahi was presented with a birthday cake topped with a microphone and glowing candles.
Expect to see Bill O’Reilly’s roving Fox News sidekick Jesse Watters on the Strip on Thursday as he follows me around town for a segment and also films tourist reactions to the Taste of the Nation food feast at the Palms, Dita Von Teese’s burlesque opening at House of Blues and nightlife at Tao. Kendall and Kylie Jenner, in town to promote their family boutique Kardashian Khaos at the Mirage, dined at nearby Stack before attending Cirque du Soleil’s “The Beatles Love.”
British boyband The Wanted, who are performing at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand on Sunday, host and perform at 1 OAK in the Mirage. The acrobatic new circus troupe 7 Fingers perform at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts. Season 1 “X Factor” finalist Chris Rene performs his YouTube hit “Young Homie” at Pure in Caesars Palace. The ABBA salute “Dancing Queen” premieres at Broadway Theater at New York-New York; our interview with producer David King was posted Monday.
Ian Edwards, Dean Delray and Zach Risen headline at Tropicana’s Laugh Factory through Sunday. Mark Cohen, Frances Dilorinzo and Dylan Mandlsohn headline at Harrah’s Improv through Sunday. Congratulations to Gerry McCambridge, star of “The Mentalist” and named Mentalist of the Decade, celebrating his seventh anniversary performing in Las Vegas at V Theater in Planet Hollywood’s Miracle Mile Shops, and to Carlos’n Charlie’s at the Flamingo on their official grand opening.
Vocalist Jesse Palter and keyboardist Sam Barsh team up as Palter Ego to play through Saturday at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. And trumpet titan David Perrico leads an 18-piece band with vocalist Naomi Mauro at South Point for his new Pop Evolution.
If you’re a world famous chef and fly the world every month of the year checking on your far-flung dining empire, how do you kill the time in flight? Chef Alain Ducasse has a secret that’s become number-wise more than his restaurants. Plus, my highlight from 2012 Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appetit and how I somehow inspired actor and singer Tyrese Gibson to get out of his crime-ridden, poor East L.A. neighborhood to find fame and fortune and now mentors young film-makers in their early showbiz careers.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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