It was one thing to walk the red carpet for the finale of "American Idol" on Wednesday night. But what happened next to Alicia Jacobs, entertainment reporter for NBC affiliate KVBC-TV, Channel 3, defied all odds.
Jacobs, who was on a date with "Idol" creator Simon Fuller, was chatting with Jennifer Hudson, winner of the best-supporting actress Oscar for her role in "Dreamgirls," during a red carpet meeting when a cell phone rang.
It was Jacobs' phone, and the ringtone was playing the theme from "Dreamgirls."
"I felt slightly embarrassed and slightly like a stalker," said Jacobs, who said the movie is her all-time favorite.
Hudson, the former "Idol" also-ran who struck gold in the role of Effie, couldn't get over the amazing timing.
From there, Jacobs, Fuller and his party settled into fourth-row seats, where Jacobs was seen twice during the telecast, seated in front of David Hasselhoff.
Jacobs, who had taken the night off to attend the finale, said, "It's a good thing I was honest and told my boss where I was going."
Liza Minnelli announced Thursday that she will be doing another "gypsy" show at the Luxor after her Sunday night performance.
The free show for show business kids and local performers will start at 12:30 a.m. Monday.
Making good on a promise to revive a lost Las Vegas tradition, the Broadway and film legend put on a two-hour show back in November at the Luxor.
She often joined Sammy Davis Jr. for special after-hour shows here in the 1970s and 1980s.
The Luxor announced that complimentary tickets for the show are reserved solely for Las Vegas entertainers and their crews. Tickets will be distributed directly from Luxor.
THE SCENE AND HEARD
A shake-up that started a year and a half ago continues at KKLZ-FM, 96.3. The classic rock station stopped using deejays at midday Thursday, and the Web site indicated a format shift to "classic hits." The first song played at 1 p.m. was The Supremes' "Stop in the Name of Love," from a station better known for Def Leppard and Guns N' Roses. Rumors were flying that KKLZ will go jock-free for a week and that at least two employees have been terminated. The morning show has changed three times since October. ...
KVVU-TV, Channel 5 evening anchor Shelley Brunner beat out Carrot Top in the finals Thursday of "Celebrity Recital," an "American Idol"-like contest staged by "Mark and Mercedes in the Morning" at KMXB-FM, 94.1. Other contestants were Mayor Oscar Goodman, Frank Marino and George Wallace. ...
Sir Elton John has canceled all six dates on his European Red Piano tour after concerns about whether the ambitious staging from his Las Vegas show could come together.
MAY I RECOMMEND ...
Celebrate the Memorial Day weekend with poolside entertainment: Dread Zeppelin, 9 tonight, Hard Rock; Little River Band, 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Silverton; and Styx, 9 p.m. Sunday, Mandalay Bay Beach.
Ian Ziering of "Dancing With the Stars" and "Beverly Hills 90210" fame was at Red Rock Resort on Wednesday night. ... NBA standout Kurt Thomas (Phoenix Suns), dining with his family Thursday at Stack restaurant (The Mirage). ... Former Georgetown University basketball coach John Thompson Jr., dining at Michael's (South Point) with his son, John Thompson III, who guided the Hoyas to the NCAA Final Four last month.
THE PUNCH LINE
"Gas is so expensive in Malibu that I saw some straight guys rollerblading." -- Jay Leno