Donny Osmond odds-on favorite


We know Donny Osmond can sing. Can he waltz away with the "Dancing With The Stars" crown?

The Flamingo headliner is the favorite in the eyes of Las Vegas oddsmaker Johnny Avello.

Osmond and his pro dance partner, Kym Johnson, are 4-1 favorites, according to Avello, who posts the odds for entertainment purposes only, not for wagering.

The rest of the field:

Singer Aaron Carter and Karina Smirnoff, 5-1.

Singer/actress Mya and Dmitry Chaplin, 7-1.

Ashley Hamilton and Edyta Sliwinska, 8-1.

Supermodel Joanna Krupa and Derek Hough, 10-1.

Olympic swimming champ Natalie Coughlin, and Season 1 winner Alec Mazo, 12-1.

Former Dallas Cowboy Michael Irvin and Anna Demidova, 14-1.

Iron Chef America's Mark Dacascos and Lacey Schwimmer, 15-1.

Debi Mazar of "Entourage" and Maksim Chmerkovskiy, 18-1.

Actress Melissa Joan Hart and last season's winner Mark Ballas, 20-1.

Snowboarder Louie Vito and Chelsie Hightower, 22-1.

Supermodel and entrepreneur Kathy Ireland and Tony Dovolani, 25-1.

TV personality Kelly Osbourne and Louis van Amstel, 28-1.

Singer Macy Gray and Jonathan Roberts, 30-1.

Former House Majority leader Tom DeLay and two-time champ Cheryl Burke, 40-1.

UFC champ Chuck Liddell and Anna Trebunskaya, 50-1.

THE SCENE AND HEARD

It's lame enough that Jon Gosselin of the reality show "Jon and Kate Plus Eight" is actually getting paid to "host" Saturday at Wet Republic, the MGM Grand pool venue. Now comes word that Gosselin, who is coming in with his mother plus a black eye and stitches, expects the media to pay him to talk. We'll get back to you right away on that. ...

But nobody comes close to The Sperminator, aka Kevin Federline, when it comes to our celebrity Hall of Lame, in the cheapskate category. Last month while partying at Wasted Space at the Hard Rock Hotel, K-Fed skipped out on a tip -- after all his booze was comped. He got a lot of grief for it, but not enough to cough up any of his, ahem, hard-earned cash. VH1, the music channel, did it for him. Two checks from VH1 for $50 each were handed over to the two female cocktailers who served Federline and his group. Written in the lower left space was: "tip for KFed and entourage."

MAY I RECOMMEND

The benefit concert, "Las Vegas Celebrates The Music of Michael Jackson," starts at 3 p.m. Saturday at The Pearl in the Palms. Performers include local headliners Holly Madison, Terry Fator and Human Nature, along with cast members from "Jersey Boys," "Phantom: The Las Vegas Spectacular," "Lion King," "Peepshow" and "Ultimate Manilow." Proceeds go to the Clark County Public Education Foundation. Tickets range from $29 to $129 and can be found at palms.com or ticketmaster.com. A celebrity star presentation is at 7 p.m. at Brenden Theatres, with Joe Jackson on hand. At 8 p.m., there will be a screening of "Moonwalker." Tickets: $20 at the Brenden Theatre box office. Information: vegaslovesmj.com.

SIGHTINGS

Joan Rivers, rushing through McCarran International Airport on Thursday. When a tourist hollered out, "Got a show?" she responded with a "Yes! At the Venetian." Then, with a theatrical yawn, added, "In two hours!" ... Playboy model Amanda Duncan, scurrying off the V Theater stage (Planet Hollywood Resort) Wednesday night. Hypnotist Marc Savard had plucked Duncan from the audience during his show "Mesmerized" and hypnotized her into thinking her belt was a snake.

THE PUNCH LINE

"Bernie Madoff, the weasel king, received a copy of his mistress's book while he's in prison. And I thought, 'Gosh, I hope he has time to read it.'" -- David Letterman

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

 

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