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Allergic reaction halts performance

Flamingo headliner Marie Osmond had another health scare over the weekend.

Osmond, who famously fainted after a 2007 “Dancing With the Stars” performance, experienced breathing problems shortly before Friday’s “Donny & Marie” show, forcing it to be canceled.

“She had an allergic reaction to shellfish,” Osmonds’ publicist Laura Herlovich said.

Marie, who turns 50 in October, returned to the show on Saturday.

“She went down about 20 minutes before the show,” said Don Marrandino, president of Harrah’s Las Vegas and Flamingo Las Vegas.

It was the first time she’s missed a show at the Flamingo in the more than 120 since the brother-sister act opened last September, he said.

The singing star caused a stir on “Dancing With the Stars” when she collapsed after a samba with dance partner Jonathan Roberts during judge Len Goodman‘s appraisal.

She attributed it to being “too winded.”

The competition was down to three couples the night she fainted. Eventual runner-up Maksim Chmerkovskiy, the professional dancer who was paired with Spice Girl Mel B, accused the brother-sister duo of playing the sympathy card. Donny Osmond appeared on the show as a nondancing special guest.

Indy car driver Helio Castroneves and his partner, Julianne Hough, won the competition.

THE SCENE AND HEARD

It was supposed to be a working vacation: Local entertainers Clint Holmes and Kelly Clinton were booked on a Holland America cruise ship, a one-week Acapulco-to-San Diego getaway.Their first indication that something was amiss came when their plane landed in Acapulco “and everybody had masks,” Holmes said. They went ahead with their plans on what passengers later referred to as the “swine flu cruise.” Five days later, with no stops along the way, they arrived in San Diego. Their relief was replaced by another shock when their telephone rang: Danny Gans had died. …

Say hello to former sports talk show host Paul Howard, now involved with 3 Tomatoes and a Mozzarella restaurant, which opens tonight at 945 W. Craig Road at Revere Street.

SIGHTINGS

Making guest appearances at the David Foster & Friends concert Saturday night at Mandalay Bay: Cher, Paul Anka and Donny Osmond. Anka and Osmond came over to the concert after their own shows. Cher was dressed in her iconic Navy ship video dress. At the concert, Anka and Osmond teamed up on Anka’s 1960 hit “Puppy Love,” which Osmond covered in 1972 and turned into one of his biggest hits. Anka sang a tribute of “My Way” for Foster that included references to Lindsay Lohan, Viagra and ex-wives. … Vanessa Minnillo, amid recent speculation that she’s split with Nick Lachey, spotted Saturday at Strip House (Planet Hollywood Resort), having drinks at the bar. She was in town for actress Malin Akerman‘s 30th birthday celebration. … Sean “Diddy” Combs and R&B artist Cassie, flanked by four bodyguards and an entourage that included San Diego Chargers Pro Bowl defensive end Shawne Merriman, at Jet (The Mirage). Combs also made stops at Lavo and Privé over the weekend. … Pop singer-songwriter Colbie Caillat, joining Jason Mraz for a duet of “Lucky” on stage during his tour-ending concert at The Pearl (Palms) on Saturday. She later joined friends at the Playboy Club (Palms). … Celebrity couple Harry Hamlin and Lisa Rinna, dining at Society Cafe Encore before attending “Le Reve” with their family. Their 12th wedding anniversary party later moved to Blush (Wynn). … GQ’s food critic, Alan Richmond, munching on truffle popcorn and cotton candy during Sunday’s showing of the Julia Childs‘ film “Julie & Julia” at Brenden Theatres. Chef Kerry Simon was passing out his signature treats to the Vegas Uncork’d crowd.

THE PUNCH LINE

“It’s hot! Fires are raging in California. Miss California immediately put out a statement saying she’s OK with flaming things as long as they don’t get married.” – Craig Ferguson

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

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