Wednesday, March 20, 2013 | 3:27 p.m.
CeeLo Green and Jon Taffer/Richard Corey
Cirque du Soleil’s incredible one-night-only show “One Night for One Drop” at Bellagio on Friday is to be filmed for a 90-minute worldwide special to be broadcast for just seven days starting next Monday.
Vegas DeLuxe has exclusively learned that human mermaid beauty Hannah Fraser from Australia will be one of the surprise entertainers. Hannah, who once swam in the tank at our Silverton Casino Lodge where she also appeared at the World Mermaid Awards and Convention, is able to swim with sharks and hold her breath underwater for more than 4 minutes.
Producers and editors will work on the taping around the clock throughout the weekend to complete the online viewing experience at OneDrop.org airing March 25-31. Fans of Cirque will be asked to donate $5 for founder Guy Laliberte’s water-preservation charity One Drop to watch the grand Las Vegas party night and performances.
Vegas DeLuxe has already reported that many celebrities including Britney Spears, Pamela Anderson, Criss Angel and Olympic gold medalists including Michael Phelps will be attending.
HIGH-SPEED WEDDING: It may well go into Las Vegas record books as the fastest first meeting and instant marriage. English actress Gill O’Toole, who stars in the monster hit “Desperate Scousewives,” wed 24 hours after meeting Hollywood producer Charley Lodi, who was here partying with actor pal Luke Wilson. (Scouse is the English nickname for residents of Liverpool.) Gill was on vacation here with cast mates and her sister Debbie.
Their group ran into the Hollywood duo and all went for dinner. She joked about wanting to get married in a runaway Las Vegas wedding, sparks flew and 24 hours later they walked down the aisle at MGM Grand’s wedding chapel. That’s the same place where Debbie wed a week earlier during the Tropic Beauty Model Search -- but she waited five days after first meeting her beau for her nuptials!
Both ladies flew home to England after the ceremonies to get organized, and both have returned Stateside, with Gill moving into Charley’s home on the grounds of Luke’s California estate. Debbie is in Florida with her new husband, one of the beauty product sponsors of the pageant.
HISTORICAL TRIBUTE: George Strait and Garth Brooks, the two most recent Academy of Country Music Artist of the Decade Award recipients, will perform together for the first time in history, and it takes place here in Las Vegas. They’ll pay tribute to late music mastermind Dick Clark at the 3-hour 48th Annual ACM Awards broadcast from MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 7 on CBS. The ACM Artist of the Decade Award will be renamed the Dick Clark Artist of the Decade Award in honor of its producer. He began the show in 1979, and under his guidance it became one of the music industry’s largest events. He passed away last year.
“Although there is no award the entertainment industry has that can match the magnitude of the star Dick Clark was, and still is, it is an honor to get to be a part of the academy’s tribute to him. No one contributed more than Dick Clark. He was music’s best friend and a dear friend to me,” said Garth. George added: “Dick helped make country music accessible to a larger fan base, and his efforts will not be forgotten. Garth and I were so grateful when we each received the ACM Artist of the Decade Award, so it’s only fitting that we’ll be honoring him with this tribute performance.”
SECOND BIRTHDAY: The good folks at STK in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas know how to throw a party to celebrate a second anniversary. I greeted Chris Phillips of Zowie Bowie, Seth Grabel, Doug Leferovich, Murray Sawchuck with his “Fantasy” dancer wife Chloe Crawford, “Fantasy” singer Lorena Peril and her cast of topless beauties.
Taylor Dane and photo genius Peter Lik also attended, and I enjoyed my English Dover sole thanks to brilliant chef Stephen Hopcraft. Magnums of bubbly flowed like water. The One Group, who owns STK, is opening Xi Shi at Palms in August alongside its newly opened sports restaurant and lounge Heraea.
LIGHT OPENING: The new state-of-the-art nightclub Light at Mandalay Bay from Cirque and The Light Group has set an April 26 opening weekend with headline DJs Nicky Romero and Axwell. The 38,000-square-foot venue boasts a lineup of world-renowned DJs and Cirque performers and theatrics as part of the experience. TLG also opens its 50,000-square-foot Daylight Beach Club there on Memorial Day Weekend with a 4,400-square-foot pool.
ALL-STAR DINNER: It was an all-star turnout at separate tables in Steve Martorano’s Cafe Martorano in The Rio on Tuesday night. At side-by-side tables were NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neal, Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps and DJ Steve Aoki.
CEELO OPENS NIGHTCLUB & BAR: Singer CeeLo Green and Jon Taffer of “Bar Rescue” and Nightclub & Bar Media Group president, cut a ribbon to kick off the 2013 Nightclub & Bar Convention & Trade Show today at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Some 34,000 attendees are expected, with an economic impact of approximately $43 million.
The Mint 400’s off-track racing events get under way.
Zenshin opens at South Point with Taiko drummers and the traditional cracking of a sake barrel.
Third-generation Naples pizza prince Enzo Coccia, crowned best of Italy, demonstrates his skills at Bacchanal Buffet in Caesars Palace.
Two-time MLB MVP icon Frank Thomas unveils his beer Big Hurt at chef Carla Pellegrino’s Meatball Spot in Town Square.
Five S.K.A.M. DJs take over LAX in Luxor.
Dean Napolitano headlines Louie Anderson Comedy Theater at Palace Station.
Leading sustainable fashion designers present “The Runway Show” at Springs Preserve as a fundraiser for the charity’s foundation.
And the swag at GhostBar’s Ladies Night at Palms features Carlos Santana handbags.
The fifth anniversary of “Jersey Boys” at Paris Las Vegas is celebrated with a star on the Las Vegas Walk of Fame outside Paris, and we have interviews with star Travis Cloer and Four Seasons songwriter Bob Gaudio, who also wrote the musical. Plus, rock legends Def Leppard begin their residency at The Hard Rock Hotel and unveil memorabilia displays.
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Inspired by the beautiful villages of Europe, the AAA Five Diamond Bellagio overlooks a Mediterranean-blue, 8 ½-acre lake, where fountains perform a magnificent aquatic ballet choreographed to music and lights.
Within Bellagio are award-winning dining experiences including two AAA Five Diamond restaurants, Julian Serrano's Picasso and Le Cirque from the renowned Maccioni family.
Bellagio is home to an impressive collection of luxury retailers including Louis Vuitton, Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Tiffany & Co., Breguet, Prada, Fred Leighton, Chanel, Dior, Fendi, Bottega Veneta, Hermès and OMEGA.
A world-class art gallery, the exquisite Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, the stunning “O” by Cirque du Soleil, a luxurious spa and salon, dynamic nightlife at The Bank, Hyde Bellagio and Lily Bar & Lounge and an elegant casino all add to the extraordinary Bellagio experience.