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Stars rally to fill in for Celine Dion, but when will she return to Caesars?

Elton John’s ‘The Million Dollar Piano’ at Caesars Palace

Brian Jones / Las Vegas News Bureau

Elton John’s “The Million Dollar Piano” on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011, at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace.

3/15/11: Celine Dion at The Colosseum

Celine Dion's opening night at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on March 15, 2011. Launch slideshow »

Fellow Caesars Palace headliners Rod Stewart and Sir Elton John are the first two stars to help fill the dates left open as a result of Celine Dion’s decision to cancel her concerts until March to care for her husband Rene Angelil in his battle against throat cancer.

Rod has agreed to add a string of dates to even his yet-unannounced dates in a new two-year renewal of his Colosseum show at Caesars. Elton also agreed to perform additional dates in his contract, which is now extended into next year.

In 2015, both men will pick up some of the slack also left open with Shania Twain’s completion of her contract there in December. Still unknown as of this writing is which superstar will perform over New Year’s.

I’m reliably told that negotiations are underway with a now narrowed-down list of possible stars, and a hoped-for announcement will be forthcoming in the next two weeks.

Meantime, our thoughts and prayers continue to be with Rene and Celine. He’s back in Los Angeles on Wednesday for a full medical check on his progress fighting cancer.

“He’s been getting a lot better with Celine’s constant care,” I was told by one of their close friends. “It’s remarkable how much her dedication to him has helped his recovery. She’s been right at his side around the clock through this fight that they’re battling together.”

If the doctors confirm his progress, it might help the decision as to when Celine returns to the Colosseum.

“She’s ready to get back to work but won’t until she’s convinced that Rene will make a full recovery. That is paramount to her,” I was told. “But she wants to return when the time is right — and Rene does, too.

“I don’t think we’ll see her back at the Colosseum this year but early in the New Year. It may well be before the March dates she canceled. Everybody is praying and hoping that Rene makes a full recovery, and then he, too, will be supporting her decision to return to the fans with her shows.

“They’ll decide when exactly together. ”

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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