‘Idol’ finalists jet to Vegas for ‘Love’

The four "American Idol" finalists turned day-trippers Saturday with a whirlwind visit for some "Love," Las Vegas-style.

David Archuleta, Jason Castro, David Cook and Syesha Mercado didn’t have time for much sightseeing.

Their itinerary included meeting Mayor Oscar Goodman, making a photo-op stop at The Mirage to view the dolphin experience, getting a quick styling at Kim Vo‘s salon, hitting the red carpet, attending "Love" and going on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Cirque du Soleil-Beatles collaboration.

They arrived in midafternoon by private jet, some with their parents, and left about 10 p.m. The show airs on KVVU-TV, Channel 5.

VEGAS UNCORKS

Vegas Uncork’d-A Bon Appetit Epicurean Experience runs from Thursday through Sunday, with more than 25 events.

Participating chefs include Paul Bartolotta, Francois Payard, Todd English, and Cat Cora.

Along with Masters Series Dinners and the Masters vs. Rookies Culinary Pro-Am at Caesars Palace, there are midnight poker and blackjack tourneys at the Hard Rock, A Tale of Five Chefs Gala and an Editors-at-Lunch series at Bellagio.

A Star Chefs Series and Mother’s Day brunch will be at Wynn Las Vegas.

For more information: BAVegasUncorked.com.

JERSEY (BIRTHDAY) BOY

The highlight of the "Jersey Boys" opening night party Saturday came when the cast led the 1,600 guests in a doo-wop version of "Happy Birthday" to the original Jersey Boy himself, Frankie Valli.

Valli was joined at the opening by original Four Seasons Bob Gaudio and Tommy DeVito.

The fourth, Nick Massi, died in 2000.

Valli gave the stamp of approval on Rick Faugno (who portrays Valli) and the rest of the cast by saying, "These guys are sensational."

The feeling is mutual. Said Faugno when he brought the three originals onstage at Palazzo for a curtain call: "These guys lived their lives far better than we could ever hope to play them on this stage."

Jeremy Kushnier (DeVito), Erich Bergen (Gaudio) and Jeff Leibow (Massi) round out the four leads who tell the story of the remarkable highs and lows of The Four Seasons, from the streets of Newark to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame.

The red carpet included John Cleese, Wayne Brady, Rita Rudner, Las Vegas Sands’ Sheldon Adelson, Planet Hollywood boss Robert Earl, and Frankie Avalon.

At the party they were treated to go-go dancers, classic ’60s tunes and more then $1.2 million in vintage autos from the private collection of Las Vegas Sands honcho Bill Weidner.

SIGHTINGS

UFC fighter Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, checking out LAX nightclub (Luxor) on Saturday. … Actress Michelle Rodriguez, visiting The Bank nightclub (Bellagio) on Saturday. … Motocross star Ricky Carmichael, checking out Blush Boutique Nightclub (Wynn) on Saturday. … MTV reality star Brody Jenner, hosting the evening’s festivities Saturday at Privé nightclub (Planet Hollywood Resort). … Choreographer Wade Robson, dining Saturday at Social House restaurant (Treasure Island). … Steve Wynn, attending Hal Holbrook‘s "Mark Twain Tonight" at UNLV’s Artemus Ham Hall. … Slash and his wife, Perla Ferrar, among the attendees at the opening of rock ‘n’ roll photographer Mick Rock‘s exhibit, "Rock ‘N’ Roll Eye," at Symbolic Gallery on Friday.

THE PUNCH LINE

"Starter will let you out of gate early if you slip him a twenty." — David Letterman’s Top Ten Tips For Winning The Kentucky Derby

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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