Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012 | 2:34 p.m.
CeeLo Green’s classic holiday special he recorded four weeks ago at Peepshow Theater in Planet Hollywood begins airing Friday on the TV Guide Network and online, and “The Voice” coach and mentor wants to make it an annual holiday special.
Appearing with CeeLo in the one-hour special are music legend and Caesars Palace headliner Rod Stewart, singer Eric Benet with a duet on “Silent Night” and Kermit, Miss Piggy and fellow Muppets.
CeeLo’s “Magic Moment” also features 19 singers from “The Voice,” include Jamar Rogers, Tony Vincent and Niki Dawson. The showstopper is the finale with everyone performing his hit “Forget You.” CeeLo opens his mini-run of “Loberace” at Planet Hollywood in February.
CAESARS PALACE STYLE: Pure in Caesars Palace will have New Year’s Eve festivities in full effect as Korean singer, songwriter, rapper and dancer Park Jae-sang, better known as PSY, celebrates his birthday with a performance Saturday, Dec. 29. The YouTube record-breaking artist will take over the main stage with his signature dance moves while performing his hit “Gangnam Style.”
NATHAN BURTON IN HONG KONG: Magician Nathan Burton will be in Hong Kong for four hours next week to appear at a press conference for a week of shows he is performing in Hong Kong over Chinese New Year in February. The flight is 15 hours each way, and he will miss only one show at Planet Hollywood. Nathan will be levitating a Hong Kong model at the press conference; she traveled here from Hong Kong last week to rehearse with Nathan.
BUSY AS A BURKE: Kevin Burke, star of “Defending the Caveman” at Harrah’s, had a busy Wednesday as he hosted the 2012 NASCAR Champion’s Week game show “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?” on Fremont Street. Shortly after that concluded, he received a call that Improv headliner Wendy Liebman was ill and couldn’t take the stage. Kevin not only did his normal duties at “Caveman,” but also performed both shows at the Improv. Bravo!
CHAEL SONNEN RETURNS: Chael Sonnen, one of the most outspoken men in MMA, and Molly Qerim of CBS Sports are returning as hosts of the fifth Fighters Only World MMA Awards. Chael, the soon-to-be three-time UFC world title challenger, and Molly host the awards at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel on Friday, Jan. 11, 2013.
VDKA AT THE ENCORE: Las Vegas will soon have a new martini Mecca when VDKA opens Dec. 28 at Steve Wynn’s Encore. The vodka bar operated by Sean Christie’s Las Vegas Nightlife Group will feature more than 150 vodkas, some rare and flavor-infused. Open to the casino and adjunct to Andrea’s, the Asian dining concept also opening Dec. 28, VDKA will be a precursor to dinner at Andrea’s or Surrender. VDKA master mixologist Franceso Lafranconi, executive director of mixology and spirits educator for Southern Wine and Spirits, will concoct the cocktails.
HRH AND AEG LIVE DONATION: The Hard Rock Hotel and AEG Live raised $17,850 through a Red Cross text-to-donate campaign for Hurricane Sandy victims at Guns N’ Roses’ “Appetite for Democracy” shows at the Joint. Hotel guests and concertgoers contributed $12,850 to the fundraiser, and HRH and AEG Live added $5,000.
BRINGING SEXY BACK: The adult male revue American Storm make its debut at D.B.’s inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood on Friday with continuing performances. The 70-minute production is in its eighth year stripping on the Strip. “American Storm is excited about returning to the heart of the Strip inside Planet Hollywood’s Miracle Mile Shops,” said Alex Schechter, VP of SPI Entertainment. “This incarnation of the show has many changes, including new cast members, music and costumes, all while keeping the charm and appeal that has made this show a favorite in Las Vegas for years.”
The NASCAR Victory Lap roars down the Strip and is followed by the After the Lap Q+A at Planet Live and the Stewie Awards at Sammy Hagar’s Cabo Wabo Cantina, both at Planet Hollywood.
“Top Chef” judge and chef Emeril Lagasse kicks off the Venetian’s new four-week Culinary Clash challenge at 10 p.m. as part of Winter in Venice at Doge’s Palace.
“The Phat Pack” debuts at the Plaza.
Pal Baks and the Neighborhood are at House of Blues in Mandalay Bay.
And Cantina Laredo celebrates its grand opening at Tivoli Village in Summerlin.
Hundreds of runners in shorts, sneakers and Santa Claus suits run dueling races in town as Shania Twain races into Caesars with the premiere of her new two-year show “Still the One.” Plus, get ready for Monday’s debut of the curvaceous Coco Austin in her three-month run in “Peepshow.”
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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