‘Legends’ in karaoke
get their shot

Jan 27, 2005 11:52 PM

The finale of the Imperial Palace’s first "Be A Legend" Celebrity Impersonator Karaoke Contest takes place Sunday at 5 p.m. in the Legends in Concert showroom. The 12 monthly winners will compete for the "Legend of the Year" title, earning a week-long spot in Legends in Concert and $1,000.

Second place will receive $500 and third place $250. Admission is free and open to the public. The 2005 contest gets underway Feb. 17 with a format change to a quarterly competition. Additional dates are May 19, Aug. 18 and Nov. 17.

While Wayne Newton was negotiating his 2005 Stardust dates, he taped his E! reality television series, The Entertainer, at the Las Vegas Hilton. The TV show’s top prize, according to the E! web site, is a chance to become a featured performer in Wayne Newton’s Las Vegas show. However, nowhere in the E! publicity does it mention, as it does in local newspaper ads, that the performer chosen to be The Entertainer will "headline at the Las Vegas Hilton!"

Was this done in case Newton and Boyd Gaming couldn’t work out 2005 dates? "Definitely," says an insider, "but the Hilton decided to offer the contract anyway." The show airs on Sunday at 10 p.m. on E!

Another bizarre twist concerning the ultimate outcome of the TV show came by way of a publicist’s press release claiming that his client was "starring" in The Entertainer" and the winner would be "Las Vegas’ next headliner and a $1 million contract to star at the Las Vegas Hilton." An E! publicist told The Full Monti via telephone that the winner will, in fact, "perform in the Las Vegas Hilton’s main showroom — after performing in Wayne’s show — for a year with a contract worth more than $1 million."

Naturally, the Hilton’s PR boss Ira David Sternberg couldn’t comment on the value of the contract, but did say the performance part was correct.

Capitalizing on Las Vegas’s centennial celebration, the Las Vegas Walk of Stars committee has released the names of 100 future honorees with hopes that they, or someone associated with them, will pay the $15,000 to purchase a star. Representatives of Liberace and Frank Marino (he paid for his own) have written checks for their respective stars. Both will be enshrined in front of the Riviera Hotel on Feb. 1 with Liberace at 10 a.m. and Marino at 2 p.m.

The list was missing entertainment icons Siegfried & Roy, talent bookers Bill Miller and Jack Entratter, and other impact performers such as Bobby Darin, Engelbert Humperdinck, Tom Jones, The Treniers, Sonny King and Frankie Avalon, but included The Beatles, Elton John, Roy Clark and the Scintas. It also included numerous embarrassing name misspellings.

Artist LeRoy Neiman’s original Las Vegas oil painting will become the official poster of the Las Vegas centennial. The 84-year-old artist will be on hand at a First Friday event downtown on Feb. 4 to unveil the poster that features a showgirl, Vegas Vic, the Welcome to Las Vegas sign and various gaming scenes. "I consider Las Vegas my second home," the New York resident said at a recent Grand Central Station event sponsored by Bon Appetite and the LVCVA in New York. The Paris Hotel has a LeRoy Neiman suite with a spectacular view of the Strip, an artist’s easel and original Neiman paintings.

The hottest sports stars and the hottest casino game will be getting together when the Palms hosts a celebrity poker tournament featuring a dozen of the top NASCAR drivers. The $100,000 Texas Hold’em tournament begins Monday at 7 p.m. with the field narrowed down to six drivers for the finals next Tuesday at 6 p.m. Featured players will be Michael Waltrip, Kyle Petty, Kevin Harvick, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Ryan Newman, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Elliott Sadler, Casey Mears and Dale Jarrett.