Showgirl tries to ‘Survive’ TV show

Jan 18, 2005 6:19 AM

Janu Tornell, an eight-year cast member of the Tropicana’s "Folies Bergere," and its current poster girl, is one of the 20 castaways of the 10th edition Survivor set to begin airing on CBS on Feb. 17. The new edition was shot in the island nation of Palau with the oldest contestant 57 and the youngest 21. Tornell is 39.

Tornell joined the "Folies" on May 25, 1995 and departed Oct. 31, 2004 for the Survivor competition. She was Miss Nevada in 1989; appeared on Inside Edition, trading places with a librarian for a day; and won $8,600 on Wheel of Fortune.

Celine Dion will perform a special Mother Day’s show at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on May 8 with all proceeds going to the victims of the tsunami disaster. My darling Celine says that she expects to raise more than a $1 million to donate to UNICEF to help families who have suffered as a results of the disaster, which killed more than 150,000 people and affected as many as 200,000 million.

Cher donated the proceeds for a Sacramento concert last Saturday to the relief efforts and other celebrities have also donated funds including Sandra Bullock who donated $1 million.

Saying that she’s not as rambunctious as the role she plays in "Meet the Fockers," Barbra Streisand told the London Daily Telegraph that sex isn’t over for her just because she’s past 60 (62 to be exact). "We (husband James Brolin) both have an appreciation of love and sex at the later stage of life," she told the newspaper. "We believe that it doesn’t have to die and people can have fun and be free and really enjoy life and sex in our later years," noting that she and Brolin stay in bed every Saturday. "We never get dressed." Me neither, but I wear my pajamas with my fuzzy slippers!

I never realized the impact the split of Jennifer Anniston and Brad Pitt would have on our lives, or at least how the mainstream media feels it does. The People magazine story carried the name of 16 writers as contributors to its story about the breakup while US Weekly embraced it with 21 pages. My feeling is who really cares!

Buddy Greco and his wife, Lezlie Anders, don’t hate Las Vegas. Despite what’s been printed elsewhere, my old pal Buddy told me that he "loves Las Vegas" and would prefer to be here and not move to Palm Springs as has been rumored. Buddy and Lezlie were hits in the "Frisco Follies" in the desert city and have their eye on taking over a club. However, if something works out here, they’d rather stay put. Now, that’s the true skinny.

"Forbidden Vegas" is now officially open at the Westin. They had a press gathering this week featuring a green (like green with envy) carpet instead of the usual red one to launch the festivities. The show is funny and the talented New York cast has worked very hard to capture the likes of Celine, Wayne, Rita, etc.

My favorite hypnotist, Justin Tranz, has found another home performing at 10 p.m. in the Sahara’s Congo Room, which means the hotel’s big room is still vacant. If entertainment chief Ron Garrett can’t find a permanent show to book into it, he should be able to find weekend headliners similar to those appearing at The Mirage, MGM Grand, Stardust or even at the Orleans. Shouldn’t he?

I’m hearing the newest hot spot in town is the Stirling Club at Turnberry Place, where new entertainment director Kelly Clinton is showcasing some great talent as well as performing with a hot trio headed by Howie Gold. Bill Fayne, Clint Holmes’ musical director, and Rosalind Brown of "We Will Rock You," recently did solo spins with Lena Prima and Denise Clemente on tap. You can contact Kelly at the club.