Daughter in tears over 'I'll Be There'


Hearing her father's voice singing "I'll Be There" left Michael Jackson's daughter, Paris, in tears.

The 13-year-old broke down and leaned her head on the shoulder of a young woman, reportedly a cousin, who consoled her as Jackson's image appeared on a giant screen. The emotional moment came near the end of Saturday's Las Vegas premiere of Cirque du Soleil's "The Immortal" at Mandalay Bay.

In a rare public appearance, Paris and her brothers, Prince Michael and Prince Michael II, also known as Blanket, even joined family members on the red carpet.

They sat in the front row, at the front of the runway, with the group that included Katherine Jackson and Tito and Jackie Jackson, brothers of the late pop icon. Missing was family patriarch Joe Jackson, a Las Vegas resident, and son, Jermaine.

The tour opened in Montreal on Oct. 2 and will run for three weeks at Mandalay Bay, where a resident version of the show will open in 2013.

The red carpet turnout included Motown Records founder Barry Gordy, John Landis, who directed Jackson's epic "Thriller" video, James Gandolfini of "The Sopranos," Allison Janney of "West Wing," and former "Phantom: The Las Vegas Spectacular" star Sierra Boggess and her fiancé, Tam Mutu, her co-lead in Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Love Never Dies." Boggess is a personal friend of Tara Young, artistic director for Cirque's collaboration with the Jackson family. ... Mark Salling of "Glee," Criss Angel and his fiancé, Sondra Gonzalez, Mike McCready of Pearl Jam, "Peepshow" star Holly Madison, Matt Goss, Carrot Top, Orlando Jones and Babyface.

SIGHTINGS

At the Sunday brunch at Simon at Palms Place: Gandolfini, with Felix Rappaport, president of The Mirage, and Kenny Epstein, majority shareholder of the El Cortez; Rick Neilsen of Cheap Trick, Joe Simpson, the father of Jessica and Ashley Simpson, and UFC Octagon girl Ariany Celeste, celebrating a friend's birthday. "Star Wars" director George Lucas, having breakfast by himself at Society Café (Wynn) on Saturday. ... At N9NE Steakhouse (Palms) on Saturday: "Revenge" star Ashton Holmes, actor/comedian Kevin James, UFC president Dana White, UFC commentator Joe Rogan and UFC contender Urijah Faber, after the UFC TUF event at the Pearl. ... Madison, celebrating her 32nd birthday with "Holly's World" castmates at Chateau (Paris) on Saturday. She was presented with a troll-themed birthday cake. Former UFC champ "Rampage" Jackson, making it rain twice. ... At Marquee (Cosmopolitan) on Saturday: actor Chris Tucker and actress Haylie Duff, in different groups. ... At Lavo (Palazzo) on Saturday: LeAnn Rimes and husband Eddie Cibrian, having dinner; Brooke Burke-Charvet and her husband, David Charvet, after she hosted the inaugural Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas Stiletto Dash at The Palazzo. ... Ashley Madekwe of ABC's "Revenge," celebrating her 30th birthday with boyfriend Iddo Goldberg and many of her castmates including Connor Paolo, Gabriel Mann, Emily VanCamp, Joshua Bowman, Nick Wechsler, and Margarita Levieva. At another table: Jason Kennedy of E! News, at another table celebrating his 30th. ... A helicopter carrying Santa Claus and his wife, landing on a fairway in front of the Las Vegas Country Club Annual kid holiday.

THE PUNCH LINE

"I'm glad I spent the extra money on the fleece-lined cheese hat." -- From David Letterman's Top Ten Things Overheard During the Giants-Packers Game.

Norm Clarke can be reached at 702-383-0244 or norm@reviewjournal.com. Find additional sightings and more online at www.normclarke.com. Follow Norm on Twitter @Norm_Clarke.

 

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