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December 21, 2014

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Strip Scribbles: The KriStef Brothers of Las Vegas rehearse for ‘America’s Got Talent’ Final 12

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The KriStef Brothers compete on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.”

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The KriStef Brothers compete on NBC's "America's Got Talent."

KriStef Brothers on America’s Got Talent

The KriStef Brothers of Las Vegas have battled injuries and rivals to make it all the way to the Final 12 performing Tuesday and Wednesday on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.” Judges Howie Mandel, Howard Stern, Melanie Brown and Heidi Klum have given Kristofer and Stefan standing ovations for their incredible hand-and-head balancing feats.

They perform Wednesday for Mirage headliner Terry Fator, who won Season 2 and $1 million. The Olate Dogs, who have appeared at Palazzo in the “AGT” touring show, also appear. Until now, the former “Le Reve — the Dream” athletes have been serious with their balancing acts but for the finals decided to risk all and add humor and amazing technology they’ve never attempted before.

Kristofer told me: “We are going to do a very new and interesting take on hand balancing using technology. We haven’t ever done anything like this ever technically. The impressive feats and strength and balance will remain, but we will add a totally new element of video-production value to it. We strive to make every performance different.

“We are literally having trouble with this act because we can’t stop laughing. It is just so ridiculous and fun to do, we can’t make solid eye contact with each other without busting out laughing. We train every day for the show just to keep our bodies moving. We are so ready for this performance. It will be the funniest act we have ever performed. We cannot wait to unleash this new style of hand balancing to the world.

“We have made so many fans from the television shows we have named them the Champion Army. They keep us motivated and driven to create new and exciting material. We could not ask for better fans.”

BRAD PITT TV: Documentary filmmakers from PBS will be here next month for superstar Brad Pitt’s environmental series “E2” about our city. I’ll join former Mayor Oscar Goodman for interviews. More details to come when everything is locked down.

MISS AMERICA: Judges interviews started in Atlantic City today for our 2013 Miss Nevada Diana Sweeney. She filmed segments for the eight-minute ABC show opener Sunday all weekend on location at the Philadelphia Phillies, Blondie concert, sunrise shots on the New Jersey shore and along the Boardwalk.

Diana also will rehearse today for the talent portion of the contest ahead of Tuesday’s preliminary competition, which continues Wednesday and Thursday. Also on tap Thursday for Diana is the $5,000 STEM scholarships; she is one of five finalists vying for two awards.

Cirque du Soleil's 'One Night for One Drop'

Cirque du Soleil's Launch slideshow »

ONE DROP: Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte has set Friday, March 21, 2014, for his second One Night for One Drop charity spectacular with casts from all eight Strip Cirque shows, which will be closed that evening. The debut show at Bellagio in March was supposed to be a one-off, but the interest and success was so overwhelming that the casts and he want to make it an annual affair. Next year’s follow-up will be at Mandalay Bay and probably involve “Michael Jackson One” and Daylight Beach Club.

Meantime, “MJOne” is performing solidly nightly and has passed its first 100 shows with fans nightly from all over the world. Tickets are now on sale to meet demand through Dec. 31, and 2014 dates will be announced shortly.

MOVING HOUSE: Today is the day that the first 200 employees of Zappos move from their Green Valley headquarters into new downtown HQ in the newly converted former City Hall. By mid-October, 2,000 staffers will be ensconced in the new facility arriving weekly in groups until then.

COUNTER INTELLIGENCE

Hot off the grill! Joe Bastianich, star chef Mario Batali’s partner at his Venetian and Palazzo restaurants, is turning musician in Italy for an unusual launch of his two wines from 2011 and 2012 harvests. Joe and his band The Ramps will perform Friday at the revered Cebrio Theatro de Sal restaurant in Florence for Italian foodies and media. Joe’s Perazzi 2011 and his Vigna Orsone Orientali 2012 will be brought to Las Vegas in October, but no word yet if he’ll perform here.

* There will now be music performances from Todd Rundgren and Dawes for the Life Is Beautiful kickoff party dubbed Grills & Guitars on Oct. 25. Celebrity chefs Cat Cora, Scott Conant and Aron Sanchez have joined the 16 all-star chefs for the festival where my pal, chef Jonathan Waxman, will be honored with the first-ever commemorative award. More: LifeIsBeautifulFestival.com.

Travis Wall at Bacchanal Buffet

* To celebrate the first birthday of the award-winning Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace and its 1 millionth diner, dancer and choreographer Travis Wall (“So You Think You Can Dance”) created an epic dance number with “SYTYCD” dancers. It became an after-hours playground with the dancers flipping from tables, dancing on the furniture and spinning with synchronized plate action. Check out this teaser video on YouTube. The full video will be released Tuesday.

Chopard Grand Opening With Sir Elton John

David Furnish, Caroline Scheufele and Sir Elton John at the grand opening of Chopard in Wynn Las Vegas on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012. Launch slideshow »

* When Sir Elton John and husband David Furnish open the bubbly lounge Fizz at Caesars, it will have four VIP booths for celebrities hidden behind a curtain of champagne-colored beads. The chandeliers are being made from cognac snifters. Celebs from the Colosseum get their own private backdoor entrance and a powder room.

* Big hit at the weekend Toronto Film Festival was the pop-up Goodnight Gansevoort mock hotel and casino complete with showgirls to promote the first West Coast Gansevoort that opens here at center Strip in early 2014 at the former Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall & Saloon. Kristen Wiig, Guy Pearce and the cast of their talked-about film “Hateship Loveship” hosted the debut Las Vegas-themed party.

Mangiare bene! (Eat well!)

TONIGHT’S TIPS

Sean Kent and Happy Cole headline at Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club at MGM Grand through Sunday.

Hot Club of Las Vegas plays its Gypsy Jazz at Lounge at the Palms.

Boulevard Pool at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas screens “Rocky” and “The Karate Kid.”

TOMORROW’S TEASE

It’s one week until Britney Spears’ appearance on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” and we have our latest predictions, plus, a preview of the San Gennaro Festival and its entertainment lineup.

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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