The entertainment buzz this week was all about Paula Abdul, who has quit television’s number one show, "American Idol."
As for me, I’m calling for a boycott of the show and I’m asking my fans to Twitter and e-mail Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and of course, Ryan Seacrest.
Let’s do the math: Ryan signed a new contract for $45 million for a three year stretch, Simon reportedly earns some $30 million from the show, no figures for Randy but Paula supposedly was paid $2 million a year.
It was even reported by some that fourth judge Kara DioGuardi earned more than Paula! This could become a grass roots phenom since Monti Rock (that’s me) is calling for an American Idol boycott. Let’s get Paula back!
In Las Vegas, I don’t want to get in trouble with any of the properties but there are lots of rumors surrounding the entertainment scene which have to do with a shortage of customers.
Santana, Santana, Santana! Could it be this great artist’s six month engagement at the Hard Rock could be cut short due to supposedly slow ticket sales?
And what about the Russian skating show, Ice, at the Riviera?
Even Beyonce’s appearance at the Wynn might have been on the slow side for ticket sales. Seems her tickets were being handed out to high rollers, her entourage, and other comp earners. A call to public relations at the Wynn couldn’t get a definitive answer on this.
Not all the action is on the slow side. Rod Stewart performed to a sold out audience at the MGM Arena and of course the Garth Brooks name keeps getting tossed around. Rumors have it that he is being offered a 16 week contract at the Wynn/Encore. Are we interested in this Oklahoma cowboy? We sure are! His concerts were always SRO and he would still fill the showrooms.
Other names being tossed about would have to include Mariah Carey who is already a huge star and Whitney Houston who would be an instant hit with multiple generations. Everyone says she’s ready for her comeback.
Word has it that Marie Osmond, who is one half of the Donny & Marie hit show at The Flamingo, has suddenly cancelled her anticipated television talk show due to lack of proper financing in this slow economy.
However, Wayne Brady, who stars at the Venetian in "Making It Up," will headline a new TV game show similar to the old Monte Hall’s "Let’s Make A Deal" TV show, in which Monte will serve as consultant on the new game show.
The Las Vegas Hilton will feature "Sgt. Pepper Live" featuring Cheap Trick in September. This is a Beatles masterpiece and is hard to reproduce. Cheap Trick will be doing their live interpretation of this classic rock album, along with a full symphony orchestra and special musical guests.
Since yours truly was part of the original movie, I’m all for it and yes, I might be partial to this masterpiece. Performances are Sept. 13-15, 17-19 and 21-23. All performances will be at 8 p.m.
Even though downtown continues to struggle it was good news to see the proposed "Mob Museum" is moving forward. Not sure if it will be enough to ease the loss created by million dollar condos that are currently selling for around $200,000 and seeing all of the well-known but older casinos standing vacant.
Ronn Lucas, one of my favorite ventriloquists, is appearing at the South Point, but there’s some interest in him returning to an afternoon show on the Strip.
At the M Resort, the wonderful Lance Burton had a fabulous surprise party for his fiancée. There were lots of balloons and cake. It was really a fun evening.
Just received word that Wendy Williams, who recently gave up her radio show for a new television venture, has been inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame. It seems strange that so many stars are nominated for an Emmy after their shows have been canceled.
Aid for Aids of Nevada (AFAN) will be holding its 23rd benefit event on Aug. 22 at The Hard Rock. This wonderful organization provides support for adults and children living with and affected by HIV/AIDS … all in all, a most worthy cause.
The Rev. Monti, as always, wishes you a great week.
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