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Auditions on tap for Las Vegas ‘Housewives’

The long-rumored "Real Housewives of Las Vegas" reality show is back on the frontburner, with a side of delicious dish.

Local talent agent Jacki Baskow confirmed the rumors on Tuesday: Auditions are set for Saturday.

Guess who’s hoping to crash the party?

Baskow is naming names.

Drama queen Alicia Jacobs, ousted this week as longtime entertainment reporter at KSNV-TV, Channel 3, is in the mix, Baskow said.

"She’s been invited," Baskow added. "Alicia has a lot of drama going. They like drama."

Also under consideration said Baskow: Wayne Newton’s publicist Tricia McCrone, former Rao’s executive chef Carla Pellegrino, and "X" Girls producer Angela Sampras.

The list goes on. Baskow isn’t ready to identify some of the prospective candidates but she offered some hints.

She said the media-shy (for now) group includes: a prominent businesswoman, a marketing executive at a major hotel, a prominent woman whose husband is a hotel executive, and the owner of a yogurt chain who is a loan shark on the side.

Let the guessing games begin.

Baskow, who is celebrating her 35th year as owner and CEO of Baskow & Associates, is working on the project with veteran producer Rick Garson, who has produced numerous major events including two New Year’s Eve productions in Las Vegas called "America’s Party," with Fox.

Garson’s wife, Carolyn, is also a candidate, Baskow said.

Bravo reportedly passed on a Las Vegas version of "Housewives" a couple of years ago.


For 20 people from 16 countries, these were the three sweetest words they’ve been waiting five years to hear: "Congratulations, fellow American."

Emotions ran high on Tuesday in the gym at Henderson’s Thurman White Middle School.

Carlos Carlagua of Peru froze at the podium. One of two new Americans chosen to verbalize the experience, he couldn’t get the words out.

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office in Las Vegas invited me to be the keynote speaker at Tuesday’s swearing-in ceremony.

It was one of those first-time, lump-in-the-throat experiences, even though District Judge Lloyd D. George, 81, warned me, calling it "the most satisfying thing I’ve done"

Evangalina Padilla, 67, of Mexico and Zelzko Vincic, 31, of Bosnia were among those who came to America because of hellish violence ripping apart their countries.

All proudly waved their miniature stars and stripes as the ceremony concluded.

Here are the names of the rest of my fellow Americans:

Andy Zhang, Wei Shang Linford, Jean Paul Karout, Volodimir Volodimirovich Kalmkov, Maria Magdalena Espinosa, Allen Eimani, Floravel Monses Hensley, Santokh Singh Mann, Victoria Go Rockwell, Filloreta Alla, Anudruddha Dhananhay Asri Daludgoa, Oksoon and Susan Oksoon Jeong, Tatiana Nikolaevna Pearsall, Dionicio Navarro Balingit, Stany Jacob and Chinazor Ezeli.


"The Bravo network has shut down the show ‘Real Housewives of D.C.’ Finally, a shutdown we can be proud of." — Jay Leno

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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