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Strip Scribbles: Shania Twain’s horse show and the Great Santa battle


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Shania Twain arrives horseback at Caesars Palace on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012.

Shania Twain Is Welcomed at Caesars Palace

Shania Twain arrives horseback at Caesars Palace on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, and Caesars Palace President Gary Selesner (in glasses), AEG West chief John Meglen and fans were on hand to greet the Canadian superstar. Launch slideshow »

Country queen Shania Twain has shot a beautiful and heartwarming program about her love for horses for the new cable TV network HRTV for horse sports, and Vegas DeLuxe readers can get an advance look at the segment with lovely “10” actress Bo Derek before it airs at

Shania reveals the incredible concentration it takes to keep the horses calm and focused while she’s singing onstage to them during her resident show “Still the One” at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace.

Molly McGill of HRTV told me: “We first became aware of Shania having horses in her show when we saw her first commercial announcing ‘Still the One’ at Caesars Palace. The commercial showed a bellman leading ‘her’ horse through the lobby as she checked in. We wanted to show a side of Shania that all horse lovers could relate to: There is nothing more special than the connection a girl and her horse can have.

“We interviewed Shania and her trainer Ramon Becerra back in May. As the story grew, we reached out to Bo Derek, who agreed to do an interview with us. Shania’s entire team was extremely helpful through the editing process, providing us with photos, videos and answering any questions we had.”

Filming with the horses also took Shania to Bo’s California home. You can watch HRTV on AT&T, Verizon, Comcast and Dish Network. And here’s a sneak peek at the video on Videmo.

2012 Great Santa Run at Town Square

Mayor Carolyn Goodman is flanked by Chippendales at the Rio dancers Sami Eskelin and James Davis, who is competing in Season 21 of CBS' Launch slideshow »

GREAT SANTA STRUGGLE: The battle for our Opportunity Village to maintain its hold on the Guinness World Record for “Most Santas in One Place” has become a transatlantic war. Officials in Liverpool, England, reported thousands of uniformed Santas turned out in record numbers this weekend when our O.V. officials were there to challenge them. Their runners included Olympic athletes, soccer players, entertainers and TV stars for the 10th anniversary run.

“Liverpool is determined to reclaim the crown from us,” O.V. director Linda Smith told me. “We have our work cut out for us. We held on to the title last year with over 9,000, but I fear this year we have to top 12,000 and more. “

Santa-suit and race-number pickup starts Tuesday and continues through Thursday. Details: Linda added: “With last-minute support, we are very confident that we will win this year and keep the title in Las Vegas! Both cities will reveal their running numbers on the stage in the U.S., but I hope the Liverpool losers don’t end up in the Bellagio Fountains.

“Both cities are stretching our hands across the globe this festive period, and I hope that other countries can follow our annual Santa challenge to raise money for those causes that need our help and support.”

2013 ACM Awards at MGM Grand

Luke Bryan holds his awards for Entertainer of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year at the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand on Sunday, April 7, 2013. Launch slideshow »

49TH ANNUAL ACMs: Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan will team again to co-host the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 6. ACM Award-winning duo Florida Georgia Line will host the Fourth Annual ACM Fan Jam from Mandalay Bay Events Center, with live remotes via satellite into the three-hour awards.

On Monday, April 7, the Academy will tape a second special concert with an extraordinary lineup of musicians for its charity Lifting Lives. The Academy will announce its full schedule of The Week Vegas Goes Country early in the New Year, including its Party for a Cause festival from April 4-6. In addition to performances from country’s biggest stars, there will be games and a country marketplace.

Criss Angel Rips Bodies Apart

CRISS’S RECORD: In just eight weeks, a YouTube clip of Luxor headliner magician Criss Angel has broken magic records online. His “Rips Bodies Apart” video from his new Spike series “Believe” hit more than 15-million views. It was the No. 18 most-viewed clip on YouTube in October.

EDM TICKETS: Insomniac released today at noon the final allotment of tickets for the 18th annual Electric Daisy Carnival. EDC returns to Las Vegas Motor Speedway from June 20-22, 2014, for another over-the-top celebration of EDM.


Comic Jim Gaffigan was at Rhumbar in the Mirage for Fat Tire beers while his wife sipped a Latin Manhattan and the lounge’s signature mojito.

R&B singer Brian McKnight turned heads at the new Italian family-style Carmine’s in the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace with his feast of hot antipasto spicy scarpariello wings, chicken parmigiana, spaghetti and meatballs along with a seasonal cranberry mojito.

Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich was at Nove Italiano in the Palms with his significant other, model Jessica Miller. They sat at a window table overlooking the Strip 51 stories below for a family-style meal of calamari, chicken pesto pizza, panzanella salad, scallop truffles, crab ravioli, chicken marsala and canolis.


“The Polar Express” and “Christmas Story” will be screened at the ice rink at Boulevard Pool at the Cosmopolitan.

Less Than Jake, Masked Intruder and Anti Flag are at Hard Rock Live! on the Strip.

DJ Konflikt spins at XS in Steve Wynn’s Encore.

Poets Ernestine Johnson, Rudy Francisco and Truth B Told recite their work at the Collaborative’s Louder Than Words” Pg. 11 event at Marquee in Cosmopolitan.

DJ Eric D-Lux spins at Marquee.


Britney Spears arrives at Planet Hollywood to celebrate her new residency and her new “Britney Jean” album release on a spectacular moving stage along the Strip with acrobats, dancers and pyrotechnics. We will report live via Twitter and then follow here with a report, photos and video.

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