Fallen idol Abdul might land in LV


Talks are heating up involving Paula Abdul and a show she is shopping in Las Vegas.

Now that she's ended her eight-year relationship with "American Idol," Abdul is reportedly fully committed to putting together a Las Vegas song-and-dance show that's she's been developing for several years.

There's interest from a couple of resorts, I'm told. In June she was rumored to be discussing a deal with The Venetian about sharing Wayne Brady's theater and there was talk she was looking at the Danny Gans Theatre at Wynn Las Vegas.

Add the Las Vegas Hilton to the mix. Her people met with the Hilton over the weekend.

Abdul had a variety show in the works with the Silverton Hotel about three years ago but it didn't materialize, possibly because of fallout over a blowup she had that cost two Silverton employees their graveyard-shift jobs.

She reportedly was to become entertainment director and choreographer at the Silverton but that was before her complaint that the two workers caused her to miss an early morning flight during New Year's weekend.

MEDIA UPDATE

Beasley Broadcast switched its 104.3 frequency to 102.7 on Tuesday, with The Mirage headliner Terry Fator and his country character Walter T. Airedale pushing the switch-over button. The new call-in number is 702-597-1027. ...

Spring Arbitron ratings for KNPR-FM 88.9 continued to show record numbers for the "State of Nevada" program. First-hour ratings have almost doubled over the past four years and the second hour has tripled over the same period. The show, which launched in October 2003, reaches about 10,000 listeners in any 15-minute period from 9-11 a.m. weekdays. It replays from 8-10 p.m.

THE SCENE AND HEARD

Andre Agassi's autobiography, "Open," is coming out Nov. 9, with a first printing set at 500,000 copies. He'll conduct the first interview with "60 Minutes." People magazine and Sports Illustrated have both purchased first serial rights to the book. ...

Anil Kapoor, who played the game show host in the blockbuster "Slumdog Millionaire," is in Las Vegas this week. He is the guest of honor at a reception Thursday at the home of Las Vegas Walk of Stars directors Edward and Carolie Swindle. Friday he will attend the inaugural dinner of the Las Vegas Indian Chamber of Commerce.

SIGHTINGS

Mayor Oscar Goodman, joining jokesters David Brenner, Anthony Cools and Bobby Slayton for a story-swapping lunch at Triple George restaurant on Tuesday. With Goodman and Brenner in the middle of mob era remembrances, Slayton got up from the table to take a break. He leaned over to Cools and whispered, "the gun is behind the toilet tank, right?"... Hockey great Wayne Gretzky, having a wings-and-beer lunch Monday at ESPN Zone (New York-New York). ...Pro wrestling personality Vince McMahon, celebrating his 64th birthday Sunday with a group at Moon (Palms). ... Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Dave Mason, arriving in time to catch the last set of Scotty Reiner and the Moaning Black Snakes at the Double Down Saloon late Saturday. Mason, a big fan of Reiner and Co., earlier performed at Santa Fe Station.

THE PUNCH LINE

"Prisoner refuses to talk, but will Twitter." -- From David Letterman's "Top Ten Signs You Are Watching a Bad War Movie."

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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