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Congratulations to our good friend Terry Fator, the Mirage headliner impressionist who celebrates his 3rd anniversary with a special show Sunday and unveils his newest dummy-doll Monty Carlo. For three years, Terry has entertained audiences without moving his lips and now plans even more laughs with Monty.
Says Terry: “He’s a career lounge singer who never quite made it to the top. Monty drinks like Dean and swaggers like Frank; he is to the Rat Pack what Hoboken is to New York City.” Monty has joined the show to prepare for his audition for NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” the very show that propelled Terry to stardom. Monty commented: “I’m either gonna have a No. 1 hit or hire a hitman to take care of the guy who does.”
Terry compiled some fun facts for us: He performs 55 songs nightly and has mastered 100-plus voices. He is able to sing in five octaves. He taught himself ventriloquism at age 10 and earned $25 for his first gig at 11. During his career, he has used 40 puppets, which each requires 21 people more than 400 hours to create the various parts. “I was a ventriloquist for 32 years before becoming an overnight success,” Terry laughed.
COUNTRY FOLLOW-UP: There wasn’t time until now to mention former Las Vegas resident Andy Gibson’s return home to perform at the ACM Experience during the country stars’ weekend invasion and celebrate one of 2011’s biggest hits he co-wrote: the Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson duet “Don’t You Wanna Stay,” which won two awards at the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday night at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Andy has his own new single, “Wanna Make You Love Me,” which is tipped to go Top 20, with the video on rotation on Great American Country. Andy’s debut album will be released in June. Andy, who spent his childhood and teen years in Las Vegas, says growing up here shaped his music path.
‘COUNTRY SUPERSTARS’ AT GOLDEN NUGGET: “Country Superstars”at the Golden Nugget featuring Cody Collins, former lead singer of Lonestar, and various tribute artists backed by a five-piece country band is winning fans since its opening night. “The new format has added another level of depth to the show, and the audience is really responding. Cody has brought an amazing energy and charm to each and every performance,” said producer Leonard Quenneville.
While Cody is best-known for his albums with Lonestar, including “Party Heard Around the World” released in 2010, he mixes original songs in the show with Lonestar hits, including “I’m Already There,” “Amazed,” “Front Porch Looking In” and “What About Now.”
MAGIC OSCARS: Harrah’s headliner Mac King hosted Magic Castle’s 44th Annual Academy of Magical Arts Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. -- “The Oscars of Magic.” Lance Burton, Mac’s childhood pal and a magician in his own right, flew there to help Mac perform the Tent Trick -- with Lance as the Bear.
RADIO TV DUTY: I’ll be joining two-time Olympic figure skating medalist Nancy Kerrigan to shoot a commercial for this summer’s Old Navy outdoor partywear campaign next week in L.A. and immediately afterward 6 months of radio spots for New Vitality. The great thing is that we’re able to donate the fees to our charity Keep Memory Alive.
JAY CUTLER DESERT CLASSIC: Four-time Mr. Olympia Jay Cutler hosts his own Desert Classic at the Pearl in the Palms on Saturday. Our hometown hunk, who weighs in at 310 pounds, has men and women’s bodybuilding contests and female figure and bikini contests planned. Recuperating from bicep surgery, Jay, 38, will pose for photographs and sign autographs at meet-and-greet sessions. He wants to win the prestigious title one more time.
Actor, comedian and author Steve Martin posed with Rio magician headliners Penn & Teller backstage after watching their show. Steve said: “They are edgy, provocative and hilarious. They supposedly reveal the secrets to their tricks and may show you how it’s done -- but still manage to leave you startled and baffled.” Actor Mel Gibson attended Rod Stewart’s resident show at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace on Wednesday night. Ben Flajnik of “The Bachelor” watched Criss Angel’s “Believe” at the Luxor on Wednesday night. Ben was joined by his two business partners from Envolve Winery and met with the Magician of the Century after his performance. And Daric Barton of the Oakland A’s watched Terry Fator’s show at the Mirage on Wednesday night.
Kelly Clarkson sings for her supper with guest Matt Nathanson at the Pearl. Trumpet titan David Perrico is joined by Naomi Mauro and Krystle Wright for a pop, nu-jazz, soul and R&B show at the Lounge in the Palms. And Portugal the Man performs at Veil Pavilion in Silverton Casino Lodge with guests the Lonely Forest.
The glamour girls grab the spotlight this weekend, with former porn princess Jenna Jameson and reality TV stars Holly Madison and Laura Croft celebrating at parties in town. Plus, Mark Salling of “Glee” has fun plans on the Strip, while our Mr. Olympia Jay flexes his muscles. You’ll find it all in our Weekend Celebrity Preview for the Easter weekend.
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