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Johnny Avello, race and sports book director at the Wynn, has proved incredibly accurate with his odds and predictions of various events in recent weeks, and now he’s set two more.
Johnny predicts that racecar star Michael Andretti will win Donald Trump’s “Celebrity Apprentice” on NBC with 5 to 1 odds, closely followed by comedienne and Las Vegas regular Lisa Lampanelli at 7 to 1 and our Rio headliner magician Penn Jillette at 8 to 1.
He’s chosen TV hosts Sherri Shepherd and Maria Menounos as the Top Two finishers of “Dancing With the Stars” on ABC, and he thinks music legend and Las Vegas resident Gladys Knight will be in the bottom three at 20 to 1 odds.
SHORN HEADS: For the sixth consecutive year, the Irish pubs of our town are joining forces to raise funds to research and conquer childhood cancer. Hundreds of Valley residents have met at McMullan’s Irish Pub across from the Orleans and raised more than $1.6 million for St. Baldrick’s. Ri Ra at Mandalay Place is joining for the first time, and Nine Fine Irishmen at New York-New York returns for a third year.
McMullan’s kicks it off at 1 p.m. Saturday and wraps at 3 a.m. Sunday, and during the 13-hour marathon, celebrities, bands, performers and the public will take part. News , radio and TV personalities -- including yours truly -- will raise funds as the event is streamed online. St. Baldrick’s was founded a decade ago by 17 people in California who wanted to do more than celebrate St. Patrick’s with Guinness. It’s grown now to venues in 18 countries and 48 states, where more than $80 million has been raised to date as a result of some 80,000 shaved heads.
UNCORK’D, BIRTHDAY FOLLOW-UP: I have to follow up on two stories we rush posted Wednesday. Chef Nobu Matsuhisa has been added to the Vegas Uncork’d lineup of 50 chefs taking part in the food and wine extravaganza May 10-13. Be sure to check out the video of Wednesday’s Guinness World Record of 308 wine bottles uncorked simultaneously at the Bellagio at Multivu.com.
There’s a lot more to the story of Internet entrepreneur Randi Zuckerberg’s surprise 30th birthday party here Wednesday night. New Las Vegas-based online travel company Galavantier.com arranged the celebration from start to finish. It began with a private jet to our Atlantic Aviation terminal and into a Palms stretch limousine, where on arrival she spotted her name and Happy Birthday wishes on the resort’s marquee as she went up to her Sky Villa.
Later, her party boarded the Randi Z Express, a custom-wrapped tour bus, for dinner at Mon Ami Gabi and Napoleon’s Dueling Piano Bar at the Paris. After singing onstage at Rick Faugno’s show at the Palms, she headed up to Moon and became a guest DJ as confetti flew and sparklers lit up the nightclub for a birthday cake presentation. Randi and her friends jetted home early Wednesday.
NICKY HILTON’S NEW GEMS: Hair guru and salon owner Michael Boychuck has teamed up with Nicky Hilton to debut her jewelry line Nicholai at his AMP Salon at the Palms. Starting today, Michael’s salon is the first in the country to sell her signature jewelry line. The two have been close friends for several years since he tends to all the tresses of the Hilton girls.
Michael tells me the designer line is sophisticated, chic, whimsical, accessible and affordable and is influenced by Nicky’s globetrotting lifestyle and love for fashion. Prices are $25 to $200 for pendant necklaces, modern-spiked bracelets and earrings with handset stones.
CASK OF DREAMS: Glenfiddich has made only 3,500 bottles of its new Cask of Dreams blend, and the only place in Nevada to drink it is at the cigar store Casa Fuente in the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace. The youngest of the aged scotch whisky in the blend is 14 years. Brand ambassador Mitch Bechard flew in from Scotland to join proprietor Michael Frey for the limited release Wednesday night, and contributing photographer Erik Kabik clicked away without so much as a shot for himself.
Celebrating more than 50 years in entertainment, brothers Wayne, Merrill, Jay and Jimmy, who make up the Osmonds, perform five shows at the Orleans through Sunday. They’ll miss Donny & Marie, who are away on a fan-appreciation cruise to the Bahamas. Physician and humorist Patch Adams entertains at Summerlin Hospital and then hosts a community lecture at Circus Circus. Illusionist Michael Turco opens his “Magic Mayhem,” choreographed by “Dancing With the Stars” beauty Lacey Schwimmer, at Saxe Theater in Planet Hollywood’s Miracle Mile. Magician Jan Rouven presents his new “Illusions” at the Riviera. And Funktion Vegas with Dillon Francis, Evol Intent and Terravita play the Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip.
TOMORROW’S TEASE Glamour girls Audrina Patridge and Brittany Palmer try to steal the spotlight from sports fans at American Roller Derby and the West Coast Conference. Plus, a preview of the Smith Center for Performing Arts.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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