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Celine Dion discusses her friend (and Strip rival) Veronic DiCaire at Bally’s

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Celine Dion and Veronic Dicaire arrive at the “Veronic Voices” premiere at Bally’s on Friday, June 28, 2013.

‘Veronic Voices’ Premiere at Bally’s

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Superstar Caesars Palace headliner singer Celine Dion has revealed why she decided to back rival entertainer Veronic DiCaire’s vocal-impersonation show at Jubilee! Theater in Bally’s.

“Veronic has one of the best voices in the world. She doesn’t do just one style. My God, it’s like she sings one way, then she sings in another voice that’s better than the original. And then she sings one that nobody has ever touched.

“Listen, from a singer’s point-of-view, it’s unbelievable what she does. I wish I had her to help me out a little bit here and there in my show, when my voice is not in top shape. I wish she could be available to help me finish a song,” Celine told our colleague John Katsilometes, editor at large, who interviewed her for Vegas Magazine for its new issue with Veronic on the cover.

Celine continued: “She opened 11 shows for me, in front of 22,000 people. She got their attention immediately and brought them to their feet every night. From that beginning, we decided to get involved in not only producing her, but also trying to help her and bring her to the rest of the world because we believe that she has an amazing vocal talent.”

The Canadian superstar who is performing at the Colosseum through March 19 and then returns for another run from June 10 through Aug. 31, explained why husband and manager Rene Angelil and she are Veronic’s co-producers:

“I’ve never been part of the business side. My own interest in Veronic is strictly in the pure talent. My husband and I are together in producing Veronic to try to help her. So they’ve given me the title, businesswise, of producer. But I have to say, being sarcastic with a little smirk here, that once you are in the business for so long as a singer, when you start talking in a meeting because they want your opinion, then they kind of pay attention a little bit more.

“My role is for her to have a chance, to be heard in America, to make her as big a star as she is in Quebec and France and Belgium and anywhere there are French-speaking people. She is huge there. Huge.”

Veronic commented on her fast-track success since opening in Las Vegas: “Artistically, I am very happy. Everything is happening so fast, and I’m thinking ‘Where did this time go in this city that has no sense of time?’ But I feel I’m accepted.

“I feel that this is now my home, and what I do has become appreciated by fans and also my fellow entertainers. I don’t feel alone in the show because I have dancers, plus, my little team, and of course those 50 other people with me.”

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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