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January 18, 2018

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Face-off! Michael Jackson and Billboard Awards vs. David Copperfield and ‘The Amazing Race’



Scott Disick, a friend, Kourtney Kardashian, David Copperfield and Kris Jenner at Copperfield’s show at MGM Grand on Sunday, May 26, 2013.

David Copperfield

The Amazing Race

The Amazing Race

Las Vegas is right in the middle of a brutal tug-of-war, end-of-season TV ratings battle tonight, and MGM Grand in a sense will be doing battle with itself and its sister hotel the Mirage.

In one corner, Hollywood Theater at MGM Grand resident headliner and illusionist David Copperfield is banking on his incredible magic to make the late King of Pop Michael Jackson’s hologram image “disappear” in the other corner.

As I reported Saturday, Michael will be seen “as if he’s still alive” about halfway through the three-hour 2014 Billboard Music Awards on ABC from MGM Grand Garden Arena, which starts at 5 p.m. PT for broadcast on the East Coast at 8 p.m.

Simultaneously, CBS viewers who have been following the current Season 24 of “The Amazing Race All-Stars” will tune in to find David at our Las Vegas Motor Speedway with the $1 million grand prize.

David has created a frightening and unique “escape” stunt that scares the final three teams. Only one will succeed in being the first to overcome the chilling Copperfield Challenge and take home the mega jackpot. And before heading to LVMS, the teams face an enlightening challenge at the Mirage.

Eleven teams selected from past seasons set out on this anniversary show on Feb. 24, and the all-star contestants have raced around the globe through China, Malaysia, England, Italy, Spain and Sri Lanka. Here’s a YouTube video of last week’s episode with the final four teams.

The three teams still standing for tonight’s 12th final episode in Las Vegas are the father-and-son duo of Dave and Connor O’Leary, country singers Caroline Cutbirth and Jennifer Wayne and newlyweds Rachel Reilly and Brandon Villegas.

Since “The Amazing Race” began in 2001, Phil Keoghan has served as its host, and the CBS hit has won nine Emmy Awards, the majority of them consecutively.

This is not the first time LVMS has become the co-star of a hit TV show. In addition to the annual NASCAR broadcasts, the track has played host to “The Bachelor,” “Pawn Stars,” “Top Gear,” “Counting Cars” and many commercials.

We’ll have the outcome of David and Michael’s showdown with the ratings results of the TV wars on Monday right here at Vegas DeLuxe.

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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