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Superstar singer Celine Dion has been forced to cancel four more shows in her escalating battle with an illness attacking her vocal chords. For the first time in four years, the Canadian songbird missed a show and had to bow out of her return Wednesday concert at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace when doctors advised her not to go onstage at the last moment because of laryngitis.
We reported the canceled show Thursday and how fellow Canadian superstar singer Shania Twain, who starts her residency at the Colosseum on Dec. 1, used the stage in Celine’s unexpected absence.
Now, though, Celine’s medical experts say she’s in a continuing fight against a virus that has caused inflammation of her vocal chords. As a safety precaution while being treated, Celine has been ordered to rest for the next seven days in order to ensure a full recovery.
As late as Friday afternoon, hotel and production experts told me that she would be back for tonight’s scheduled show. However, just two hours later, doctors said she had to continue with treatment and not risk her voice in returning to the stage so quickly.
The doctors halted shows for tonight, Sunday, Tuesday and Leap Day Wednesday. All were sold out. Now everybody is hoping -- and praying -- that she will be recovered and well enough to perform by March 3. All told, she will have been KO’d for 11 days.
Insiders reported Celine being very upset about disappointing her fans. She apologized for inconveniencing them and said, “I feel terrible about not being able to do these shows. I feel so bad for the fans. I don’t like to let people down ... it’s the thing that bothers me more than anything. I really hope everyone understands how sorry I am.”
The five canceled shows represent millions of dollars in lost and refunded revenue. “It’s really a very serious situation,” I was told. “The first concern is obviously Celine’s health. Nobody wants her to risk her voice by rushing this. Everybody wants her well so she can get back to perfect.
“At the same time, there’s concern about the huge amounts of dollars being lost. But it’s a one-woman show, and there’s nobody to take her place at such short notice.”
All tickets for the canceled performances will be refunded. Check back to Vegas DeLuxe for all the latest Celine news as she fights illness and plans her return.
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