Monday, Oct. 3, 2011 | 3:33 p.m.
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Our Las Vegas nightlife girls Kaylani Paliotta and Lisa Tilley could have been eliminated by a rival team’s trickery on last night’s second episode of The Amazing Race on CBS. All 11 teams started in Taipei and fought plane and train schedules to make it to Yogyakarta, Indonesia, where a race by taxi took them to a cave.
It was a spelunk challenge with untangling ropes to descend into a cave in order to climb a careening bamboo ladder to get out -- and also get to the top to claim dagger objects. Then it was another challenge to raise money for an orphanage there.
Kaylani and Lisa were almost faked out but finished fourth, and it meant a double elimination for flight attendants and domestic partners Ron and Bill and Survivor champions Ethan Zohn and Jenna Morasca. Our local heroines tackle more challenges this Sunday.
*On the heels of the stunning first-night success of Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson’s The Immortal World Tour world premiere last night, MGM top brass visiting Cirque headquarters in Montreal are plotting the marketing campaign and festivities for the Dec. 3 start of the Mandalay Bay run. I am told that there will be lavish first-night festivities in Las Vegas, with Cirque execs flying in along with creative people who now move on to other projects as the rock arena show starts its tour of 47 cities over the next two years.
Reviews of Immortal by Senior Editor John Katsilometes in The Kats Report and yours truly were posted today. Meantime, the soundtrack for Immortal will be released Nov. 21 by Epic Records in conjunction with The Estate of Michael Jackson. Immortal redesigns and reimagines more than 40 of the late King of Pop’s original recordings.
*Music legend and Las Vegas resident Wayne Newton was honored by 650 guests with the 2011 Champion of Freedom Award during the Rocky Mountain USO Freedom Dinner at Antlers Hilton in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Wayne, who gave the keynote address paying tribute to the Medal of Honor winners Wounded Warriors, was recognized for his dedication to the armed forces. Wayne has entertained troops in every major confrontation the United States has been involved with since The Vietnam War and was the first performer to entertain U.S. troops in Afghanistan and Iraq.
*Ever anxious to give you advance notice so you can plan ahead, please note that although we haven’t celebrated Thanksgiving or Halloween yet, here are some upcoming dates: Will.I.Am of The Black Eyed Peas is booked to host New Year’s Eve at Surrender in Steve Wynn’s Encore; Good Charlotte is performing at the free Oct. 15 concert, in conjunction with the IndyCar World Championship, at Mandalay Bay; and it’s Team Bisping vs. Team Miller at The Pearl in the Palms for the finale of The Ultimate Fighter on Dec. 3.
*Playboy Bunnies from The Playboy Club at the Palms are so popular with blackjack players that six new tables will be set up on the casino floor as a new Playboy Party Pit with six of the bunny-tail beauties.
Heavy metal fans score with Saxon and Borealis at the Rio. … Mac King’s magical literacy tour sponsored by Winder Farms to drum up books for his reading drive gets underway and runs through Oct. 22. … The third annual OktoberFrightFest combining the beer holiday and Day of the Dead Halloween celebrations kicks off at Fremont Street Experience through Oct. 31. … And tickets go on sale for Sting at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on Nov. 25 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his solo career.
Our beloved magic man Penn Jillette kicks off the first day of the massive G2E gaming exposition, and Mario Lopez plans his birthday celebration this weekend on The Strip. Plus. an extraordinary and intimate photo gallery as Roy Horn celebrates his 67th birthday with surprise festivities organized by longtime magic partner Siegfried Fischbacher.
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