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Strip Scribbles: ‘American Idol’ to produce residency show to launch The Quad?


Steve Marcus

New lettering is shown on the side of a hotel tower at The Quad, formerly Imperial Palace, on the Las Vegas Strip on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013.

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"American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest is flanked by judges Randy Jackson, Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban.

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Kevin Burke arrives at the grand opening of "Smokey Robinson Presents Human Nature: The Motown Show" at The Venetian on Friday, Feb. 22, 2013.

2012 St. Baldrick's Head-Shaving at McMullan's

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It’s a Wicked Whisper & Racy Rumor, but my sources are nearly 100 percent accurate. I’m hearing rumblings that “American Idol” will create a “winners showcase” for a possible permanent but ever-changing residency show to kick off the opening of The Quad at The Linq, when both become The Q.

“Idol” taped four shows last week and this week at Cirque du Soleil’s “The Beatles’ Love” theater at The Mirage. Producers and judges have loved their Las Vegas visit, which wraps next week with two shows Tuesday and Wednesday from The Mirage before returning Thursday for the finals at CBS Television City in L.A.

While here, “Idol” execs had discussions with Quad entertainment officials, reviewed its makeover and took a tour of the under-construction The Linq opening this year with its 550-feet High Roller observation wheel. In another WWRR, there’s buzz that The Light Group has put in a bid to run the now-shuttered B.B. King’s Jazz Club at The Mirage.

GUINNESS RECORD: Actor Kevin Burke, who stars in the one-man “Defending the Caveman” at Harrah’s, has been given the green light by Guinness Book of World Records to go after a unique achievement. He’ll attempt to break the record for Most Theatrical Performances in 50 Days.

The record is 51 shows in 50 days achieved by British group Act 4 at venues across England and Wales in June 2009. Kevin started his bid Feb. 4 and hopes to succeed March 25 when he hits 56. He performs “Caveman” eight times each week.


Don’t forget that smooth as silk soul singers Boyz II Men being their residency at The Mirage on Friday. We’ll have a report and a photo gallery over the weekend.

The Rio headliner magician Penn Jillette starts his run on “All-Star Celebrity Apprentice” on Sunday on NBC. Penn hopes that he can win host Donald Trump’s big payday to benefit our beloved charity Opportunity Village.

For the seventh consecutive year, Irish pubs of Las Vegas will raise funds to research and conquer children’s cancer with head-shaving St. Baldrick’s parties on Saturday. I will help mc at the 13-hour shave-a-thon at McMullan’s Irish Pub, where in six years more than $2.25 million has been raised.

This year, Ri Ra, Nine Fine Irishmen, Mickie Finnz and Vinyl at the Hard Rock Hotel host hundreds of people willing to shave their heads in solidarity to children who have lost their hair to cancer. St. Baldrick’s is now celebrated in all 50 states and 18 countries and has raised more than $100 million.

And on March 10, I will join Flamingo headliner Marie Osmond and the cast of “Rock of Ages” at The Venetian for NASCAR 400 duties at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

BIRTHDAY WISHES: Champagne wishes to Luxor comedy king Carrot Top, who celebrated at his home with fellow Strip entertainers and yours truly. His girlfriend Amanda Hogan, who runs AnyThyme Catering, prepared an amazing dinner and served a 12-layer rainbow-themed cake.

And caviar dreams to Editor at Large John Katsilometes, whose birthday is Friday. Is there a surprise in store for Kats? Meow!

OUTDOOR ADVENTURES: The second-annual International Sportsmen’s Expo, Nevada’s largest outdoor adventure travel, hunting and fishing show, opens today at Las Vegas Convention Center and continues through Sunday. There are 350 exhibiting companies with more than 600 booths, including archery, fish-filled aquariums and rock-climbing walls.

Sportsman Channel hosts Scott Leysath and Randy Newberg, just named Sportsman of the Year, are attending. Scott hosts “Dead Meat,” so if you want rabbit, rattlesnake sausages or other taste treats, he’s your chef. Also today at the expo, 350 hopefuls lined up at a casting call for CBS’ “Survivor,” among them Rod Ohlwiler of St. George, Utah, who was trying out for the 10th time.


Rockhouse in The Grand Canal Shops at The Venetian hosts a grand-opening party. The original enjoyed a six-year run at Imperial Palace, which has made way for construction of The Linq. The new venue includes three bars, plus, the adult-playroom tire swings and birdcages for dancing and a mechanical bull. New: a menu of bar food.

Grammy-winning artist Ricardo Arjona of Guatemala makes a stop at PH Live in Planet Hollywood with his "Metamorfosis" tour.

Flotsam & Jetsam are at Hard Rock Cafe on The Strip.

Calabrese, Cold Blue Rebels and Wednesday 13 are at Vinyl.


Country princess Carrie Underwood, rockers Led Zeppelin 2 and Faster Pussycat and comedians Bill Cosby and Ron White lead the Weekend Celebrity Preview, which also includes the King of the Cage showdown.

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