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October 25, 2014

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Heart attack! Olivia Newton-John heads to the Flamingo this spring

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Olivia Newton-John.

Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta

The Strip is about to get physical -- or have a heart attack -- as Australian pop legend Olivia Newton-John prepares to start a mini-residency at the Flamingo sharing alternate dates with Donny & Marie Osmond.

As far back as April 23 last year and again on Feb. 12 this year, Vegas DeLuxe reported the rumors. Now we can confirm from three sources that the news will be made official by month’s end for a summer start.

Donny and Marie have wanted to fulfill concert bookings that piled up with the success of their Strip residency. Marie’s hectic schedule of hosting her TV talk show on Hallmark and Donny’s desire to be more at home with his family in Utah have prevented the additional shows away from Las Vegas.

However, when they renewed their Flamingo contract, they were able to reduce the number of Strip dates, and that opened the way for hotel executives to firm up the contract with Olivia.

First, though, ONJ had to complete a long-booked touring schedule. She just finished last month her dream of playing London’s prestigious Royal Albert Hall. Now she’ll come to Las Vegas, fulfilling her desire to considerably -- if not completely -- cut down tour dates and headline on the Strip for at least a year.

Word is that the upcoming announcement will disclose spring and summer dates, with tickets going on sale before May 1. Expect to see longtime friend John Travolta in one of the early audiences rooting for his “Grease” and “Two of a Kind” co-star.

Wicked Whispers & Racy Rumors

In other Wicked Whispers & Racy Rumors:

Which Strip star has hotel executives concerned about a string of recent erratic behavior to the point of serious worries of a self-implosion?

Is Rihanna going to perform pantless at her Las Vegas show Friday night at Mandalay Bay Events Center, wearing only thigh-high boots and a jersey? Just how many F-bombs will she unleash while grabbing her skin-tight, latex-covered crotch in the edgy “Pour It Up” routine about strippers?

Which singer has aggravated and then fallen out of favor with her friends over last-minute broken promises?

Which TV show filming here in Las Vegas uses a TelePrompTer to stop the players from going on too long?

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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