Wednesday, May 2, 2012 | 4:02 p.m.
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Nick Cannon at Chateau
Self-proclaimed King of All Media Howard Stern has arrived in Las Vegas with stunning model-wife Beth Ostrosky for the top-secret filming of “America’s Got Talent,” which begins Season 7 on May 14 on NBC.
It’s the shock jock’s debut year as a judge, replacing Piers Morgan; fellow judges Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandel are here, too. Producer Simon Cowell says he’s given this year’s show a total makeover.
Host Nick Cannon, now recovered from his recent battles with kidney failure, is expected to arrive today from Paris, France, where his wife, Mariah Carey, and he celebrated their twins’ first birthdays and renewed their fourth-anniversary wedding vows.
NBC has, since Season 2, set the Las Vegas filming as the intermediary round between the auditions and the live shows. Although media are being kept away from filming, and star surveillance of the judges is nearly zero, Nick will appear Saturday as guest DJ and host at Chateau Nightclub in the Paris for a Cinco de Mayo bash.
Check out what Howard had to say about his new gig on “AGT.” It’s expected that Las Vegas entertainers Mirage headliner Terry Fator (Season 2 champion) and Green Valley Ranch headliner Michael Grimm (Season 5 winner) will make appearances during filming.
Jerry Springer has hosted the live version of “AGT” with past winners and contestants, and I’ve reported that a new version is likely to play at the Venetian’s Phantom theater this September.
NEWEST BMA STARS: Four music stars were added Tuesday to the 2012 Billboard Awards at MGM Grand on May 20: Kelly Clarkson, Usher, Nelly Furtado and Linkin Park, whose frontman Chester Bennington has a tattoo salon in the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood. They join Cee Lo Green, Justin Bieber, LMFAO, the Wanted and Carrie Underwood. I’m still expecting that Adele, Rihanna and Lil Wayne, as they are among the leading nominees.
THREE-YEAR ABSENCE ENDS: After being away for more than three years in a contract dispute, always-controversial radio host Tom Leykis is back on the air -- but online so that it’s uncut and uncensored. His new ratings prove that absence makes the heart grow fonder. “The Tom Leykis Show” (BlowMeUpTom.com), now heard daily at 3 p.m., has gone global in 105 countries. He says he’s not taking any chances of being made invisible again by the brick-and-mortar radio industry, and media players such as Windows Media Player, iTunes, iPhone, Winamp and Shoutcast are streaming him.
GUINNESS ART RECORD: Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee will cheer on 35-year-long artist John Romita Jr. when he attempts to claim a new Guinness World Record for “Longest Personal Signing and Drawing.” He has held the record since 2002 when he lasted 48 hours. The attempt starts at noon Friday at Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip, and fans who donate to the Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada are entitled to John’s character sketches and autographs. John and Stan created Marvel’s most recognizable characters, including the Avengers, Spider-Man, Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk, the Fantastic Four, X-Men and Thor.
HANG WITH ONE REPUBLIC: A new Las Vegas company is creating a series of experiences for rock fans with Dream Weekends here on the Strip, and One Republic debuts the “Good Life” June 1-3 with HangWiththeBand.com. Fans bid in online auctions, starting at $3,500, for the chance to spend a weekend with their favorite stars; a portion of the bid goes to a children’s charity. The Top 20 bids receive the “Ultimate VIP Experience” with One Republic and Ryan Tedder, fresh off of his Grammy Album of the Year win for Adele’s “21.” The package also includes dinner, a private performance, a meet-and-greet and other special events. The next Dream Weekend is Aug. 2 with Rick Springfield.
MAYORAL STAR: Mayor Carolyn Goodman celebrates the Las Vegas Shakespeare Company’s move into downtown’s Cultural Corridor with a one-time, onstage cameo appearance Thursday in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” in its first show in its new location at the former Reed Whipple Cultural Center.
YOUTUBE SENSATIONS: Three Las Vegas female entertainers have formed a girl group, Edamami, and thanks to YouTube, they’re quickly becoming overnight sensations. Grammy-winning songwriter-producer Poo Bear and producer Mally Mall produced their song “Spend Money.”
STAR SURVEILLANCE: Terry Fator and wife Taylor Makakoa were joined by veteran comedian Steve Rossi at the premiere of “Jimmy Stewart & Friends” starring Rich Little at LVH on Tuesday night. “American Restoration” star Rick Dale made final inspections on his new, 1.5-acre Rick’s Restoration campus in downtown Las Vegas in advance of next Wednesday’s official ribbon-cutting opening by Mayor Goodman. Rick, wife Kelly and his 23-man crew will give tours of the facility. Don’t be surprised to see History Channel mates from “Pawn Stars” walking over to congratulate their new neighbors. Downtown will now have a second reality TV attraction.
Metro McDonald’s officially opens with a red carpet and pop group Mo5aic near the Miracle Mile Shops. Santana kicks off a two-year residency at House of Blues in Mandalay Bay, as we posted today. Robert Duchain and Jill Bryan headline at Big Al’s Comedy Club. And it’s the Spring Sleepover party at Gallery Nightclub in Planet Hollywood.
A preview of all the Cinco de Mayo celebrations this weekend on and off the Strip, plus an advance look at the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Miguel Cotto fight with all the stars here to watch, work and play.
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