Wednesday, June 29, 2011 | 4 p.m.
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Here are four fascinating Wicked Whispers & Racy Rumors:
*For the first time, Las Vegas magician Murray Sawchuck has revealed how and why he was voted off as a semifinalist on last season’s NBC reality TV competition America’s Got Talent. In an 18-minute interview on last night’s syndicated radio show Las Vegas Backstage Now, Murray told co-hosts Michele LaFong and Bob Cummings and producer Clinton Billups: “It was my turn to go. ... I’m telling you information I’ve never shared.”
“Piers (Morgan) didn't clap at all. ... I worked with these people for four months now. So, I see their reactions ... when there is a change in reaction, I know it’s my turn to go. And I knew it was my turn to go the minute that train disappeared. When I turned and I saw the looks on their face, they kept looking down at their papers, going, ‘Hi, Murray, your presentation wasn’t that ...’ I’m thinking, ‘Why are you reading my presentation wasn’t that good ...’
“Sharon (Osbourne) stood up ... and that wasn’t in the blueprints. She wasn’t supposed to stand up and give me a standing ovation. And she reversed that and said, ‘I’ve never even seen David Copperfield do something that amazing.’ She went against what the executive producers told her to say. That’s some information that I’ve never shared and will never do it again."
Murray is convinced that a rival magician who joined the show later as a talent mentor insisted that he had to vanish himself after performing the train illusion. You can hear the full interview for yourself on 970 AM KNUU and on the Web at 970KNUU.com. The podcast is available on iTunes and LasVegasBackstageNow.com.
*The Top Eight contestants from the smash hit The Voice on NBC will hit the road for a six-city tour, with a Las Vegas stop set at MGM Grand on July 30. The tour will feature Christina Aguilera’s Top Two artists, finalist Beverly McClellan and runner-up Frenchie Davis; Blake Shelton’s Top Two, finalist Dia Frampton and runner-up Xenia; Cee Lo Green’s finalist Vicci Martinez and runner-up Nakia; and Adam Levine’s finalist Javier Colon and runner-up Casey Weston.
Dia, part Korean and part Dutch, is a 23-year-old singer-songwriter who was raised in Las Vegas and now lives in St. George, Utah. Host Carson Daly is expected to host the touring show. Meantime, check out Las Vegas Sun colleague Kyle Ellis’ interview with Dia, whose career includes performing with her sister as Meg & Dia.
*It had to happen. Now that the romance between Paris Hilton and Las Vegas nightclub czar Cy Waits has “run its course,” in Paris’ own words, the hotel heiress and entrepreneur is planning her third book -- on the subject of dating. She’s going to share tips based on her experiences.
*A large legal battle looms between sexy Playboy cover beauty Pamela Anderson and a Las Vegas condo developer. The fight surrounds an apartment at Panorama Towers overlooking The Strip. Leonardo DiCaprio also received a condo there in exchange for promoting sales of the luxury units.
Pamela had the same deal, but developer Laurence Haller, according to TMZ, has sued her for failure to make required appearances. She’s sued to get her condo, and he’s countersued for $22.5 million in losses from unsold units. Incidentally, they were once dating.
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