Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013 | 6:01 p.m.
Celine Dion and Ne-Yo
Santa’s grab bag is filled with goodies even before he sets out from the North Pole on Tuesday.
We’ll start with a tasty treat from Tuesday night’s “The Voice” finale on NBC with the duet between our Caesars Palace headliner Celine Dion and silky soul singer and hometown hero Ne-Yo.
As “Incredible” as their song was, fashion commentators are still trying to figure out Celine’s black lacy bra showing as part of her cutaway dress statement. A deliberate wardrobe malfunction for the entire song?
Be sure to check out more tidbits about Britney Spears, Criss Angel, Steve Wynn, “Rock of Ages,” “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,” Jon Secada and more posted today right here at Vegas DeLuxe.
SHIRLEY SLIPS: It’s high drama on tonight’s penultimate “Top Chef” New Orleans Season 11 on Bravo starring our Las Vegas culinary queen Shirley Chung, who won immunity last week. Questlove sets the remaining chefs a “go grab it now” Quickfire Challenge of different plates of drumsticks, from squab to turkey to chicken. But, in the melee, Shirley slips or is knocked to the floor in the opening seconds. Will she recover from hitting the deck in time for the Elimination Challenge when the chefs are rushed off to the LSU campus to serve hungry incoming students?
When the show premiered Oct. 2, Shirley, who hails from Restaurant Guy Savoy t Caesars Palace and Jose Andres’ China Poblano at the Cosmopolitan, was one of 19 cheftestants. As of last week’s episode, seven rival chefs and Shirley remain for two more episodes, and then the finale. Will she be in the last showdown to win the “Top Chef” title and $125,000 prize? First we have to see if she gets past her fall; we’ll have a report Thursday.
GONE FISHING: One doesn’t really think about “going fishing” in our desert playground, yet one of America’s best seafood chefs, Rick Moonen of RM Seafood and Rx Boiler Room at Mandalay Bay, knows more about ocean sustainability than any other kitchen king.
No wonder he filmed all day today with double camera crews from the new cable TV operation World Fishing Network and the new channel Luxe Vegas launching on YouTube next month. We’ll have exclusive details on that before the New Year.
MOTLEY TOUR: Expect the full details of Motley Crue’s last-ever tour to be revealed by the end of January. The global tour will run nearly three years and start with 70 cities in North America in July before moving on to Europe, South America, Asia and Australia and returning eventually to America. Las Vegas will be on the first and last legs, but the opening shows will be at the band’s original Sunset Strip club stomping grounds.
BACKPAY DELAY: The stranded cast and crew of the former “iCandy Burlesque” in Miracle Mile Shops of Planet Hollywood are hoping and praying that its financial backer will make good on his promise to pay the $90,000 still owed them. The show shuttered six months ago when paychecks began bouncing. The dancers and choreographer have waited but now say they’ll file a joint lawsuit before Jan. 1 if they’re not paid.
NFL BETTING: It’s just three weeks to the start of the NFL playoffs and even with two weeks of play in the regular season, our Las Vegas bookies and odds makers have started their lines. Favorites at the moment call for the Seattle Seahawks to win the NFC and eventually the Super Bowl in February, with the Denver Broncos in the AFC right behind. The New England Patriots and New Orleans Saints round out the Top Four.
CAST ARRIVALS: The 70-plus dancers, acrobats and monastic martial artists who star in “Panda” at Palazzo arrive here over the next few days on flights from China now that visas have been granted. Dress rehearsals start immediately with a soft opening targeted for Jan. 7, with all 40 of the 2014 Miss Nevada USA Pageant hopefuls taking center stage with them Jan. 10 before their Jan. 12 pageant at UNLV.
FLYING HIGH: Top global aviation execs are here next summer for the 19th Annual International Aviation Forecast Summit. The meetings from Aug. 24-26 will be headquartered at Steve Wynn’s hotels with several hundred airline and airport execs joining the aviation industry leaders. The conference will focus on traffic forecasting that impacts the future, global airline fleet demands and trends.
For the 13th consecutive year, Rio magician headliners Penn & Teller partner with United Blood Services to kick off its annual blood drive.
Las Vegas Weekly toasts 15 years with “Unscripted” at Tropicana.
“Rock of Ages” celebrates its first anniversary at the Venetian with an after-party at Insert Coin(s) downtown.
The Las Vegas Challenge basketball games tip off at Orleans Arena with the two-day Division II tournament pitting Oregon against Montana and California against Utah.
Our hometown folk rockers Rusty Maples play Vinyl at the Hard Rock Hotel.
Krewella spins at Light in Mandalay Bay.
Mike Attack spins at Lavo in Palazzo.
And Zeds Dead is at Surrender in Encore.
Our first look with photos and video inside the amazing new Britney Spears theater at Planet Hollywood, plus, an exciting preview of what to expect at next month’s giant Consumer Electronics Show with wearable technology, 3D printing breakthroughs and a $50 tablet. Twitter CEO Dick Costolo and Yahoo’s head honcho Marissa Mayer are just two of the corporate chieftains making announcements. We also will reveal details of the New Year’s Eve fireworks on the Strip.
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Transport yourself to the opulent and excessive Roman Empire at Caesars Palace. But the ever-changing Caesars Palace is far from ancient. The hotel and casino is constantly raising the bar for what visitors can expect in a Vegas resort experience.
Caesars Palace features 3,348 rooms and suites in five towers, including the new luxury boutique Nobu Hotel and Restaurant, which opened Feb. 4, 2013, in the totally remodeled Centurian Tower. Caesars features 129,000 square feet of gaming space, including the Strip’s largest poker room and a 250-seat sports book. Other amenities include about two dozen restaurants, a four-level shopping mall, four pools, a spa, Pure and Poetry nightclubs and Pussycat Dolls.
Dining options include restaurants from world-renown chefs Guy Savoy, Wolfgang Puck, Bobby Flay, Gordon Ramsay and, on Feb. 4, 2013, Nobu Matsuhisa.
You never know what characters you’ll run into at Caesars with regular performers like Jerry Seinfeld, Bette Midler, Elton John and maybe even the emperor himself.
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas dares to be different. From the hotel’s red reservations desks to fine art found throughout the resort, The Cosmopolitan’s signature style is helping to pave its own path on the Las Vegas Strip.
Upon entering the resort, you’re greeted by pillars of video boards playing video art by Digital Kitchen and David Rockwell Studio exclusively produced for The Cosmopolitan. Just beyond that, you’ll find all your favorite casino games on the resort’s 100,000-square-foot casino floor.
The Cosmopolitan’s rooms standout as the resort’s most unique feature. About 2,220 of The Cosmopolitan’s 2,995 rooms have 6-foot deep terraces that span the length of the room, a first at a modern Strip hotel. Other in-room amenities include soaking tubs, kitchenettes and quirky accessories like artsy coffee table books.
The dining experience at The Cosmopolitan isn’t something you’ll find at other Strip resorts, either. All of The Cosmopolitan’s 13 restaurateurs are new to the Las Vegas market. You’ll find American steakhouse fare in a modern setting at STK, top-notch sushi at Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill and the freshest fish flown in from the Mediterranean daily at Estiatorio Milos.
Whether the sun is up or down, Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub is the place to find the party at The Cosmopolitan. The venue is a dayclub/nightclub, complete with a pool and cabanas outside and three different rooms with three different vibes inside.
If nightclubs aren’t your thing, you can grab a drink at one of The Cosmopolitan’s five other bars, like The Chandelier, which is encased in 2 million dripping crystals.