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Jackson expected to announce deal

Michael Jackson is turning to London to launch his comeback, according to reports.

He arrived in London on Tuesday and was scheduled to make a “special announcement” Thursday at the 02 Arena, the venue where he will reportedly perform 10 concerts for a reported $10 million.

Jackson, 50, has been living in Las Vegas for the better part of the past two years, fielding various offers while trying to rebuild his confidence to perform live, I’m told.

It appears AEG Live, the Los Angeles-based entertainment venue giant that books megastars at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, has locked up the former King of Pop. Jackson remains hugely popular in Europe.

The deal, first reported in December 2007 by Fox News entertainment columnist Roger Friedman, would allow AEG Live to present Jackson for a total of 20 to 30 shows for up to $30 million if “the shows are well-received and -attended, and Jackson can make the commitment,” Friedman reported this week.

AEG Live operates The O2 and booked Prince there for 21 days in 2007. With AEG’s Vegas connection, it is probably safe to say that Las Vegas could be in the plans.

MEDIA UPDATE

KSFN-radio, 1140 AM, home of Dan Patrick‘s sports show, among others, is no more. Now it’s a kids world, as in KYDZ Radio. The CBS station launched the new format on Monday, switching to “family friendly music programming,” especially the 6-12 age group. That means a move to the Jonas Brothers, Selena Gomez, The Plain White T’s, “American Idol” runner-up David Archuleta, Miley Cyrus and more. … Bryan Scofield, chief meteorologist at KTNV-TV, Channel 13, and longtime girlfriend Jenny got engaged over the weekend. They met eight years ago when he was doing weather in Palm Springs, and they sealed the deal in January during a trip to Guam. A 2010 wedding is planned. … Fleetwood Mac‘s Lindsay Buckingham, during an interview with the KKLZ-radio, 96.3 FM, morning team of Mike O’Brian, Jim Tofte and Charly Kayle, disclosed some juicy news. Asked who would have sung Christine McVie‘s parts during their 44-city tour that started Sunday in Pittsburgh, Buckingham said the group was all set to announce Sheryl Crowe as a new member of the band. “But she blew it and made the announcement prematurely,” he said. That ended that relationship. The “Unleashed” tour comes to the MGM Grand on May 30.

SIGHTINGS

Kyle Busch, spraying several bottles of Dom Perignon champagne on the crowd at Body English on Sunday night at the Hard Rock Hotel after his big NASCAR win at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. … NASCAR’s Jeff Gordon, covering a lot of ground Sunday night after the race. Gordon checked out XS nightclub (Encore) with fellow drivers Brian Vickers and Stanton Barrett. He also was at The Bank (Bellagio) with Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Elliot Sadler and had dinner with Vickers at Lavo (Palazzo). … Lisa Marie Presley, spotted Sunday at the 10 p.m. performance of The Beatles show “Love” by Cirque du Soleil at The Mirage. … Daniel Craig, the latest James Bond, having lunch at Eiffel Tower Restaurant (Paris) on Saturday with friends. … British reality show stars Katie Price and Peter Andre, dining with their family Monday at Simon at Palms Place. They were filming for their sixth season of their hit reality show “Katie & Peter: The Next Chapter Stateside.” It’s the biggest reality show in England. They are also filmed in a sky villa inside the Fantasy Tower. … Super Bowl champion Ben Roethlisberger, requesting the Coca-Cola on the table be in an aluminum container — “not from the gun” (hand-held dispenser) — during his Friday night party at Tao (Venetian) with Pittsburgh Steelers teammates Willie Colon, Darnell Stapleton and Trai Essex. … Patrick Warburton of “Seinfeld” and “Rules of Engagement” fame, dining at Morels French Steakhouse and Bistro (Palazzo) on Friday evening.

THE PUNCH LINE

“(Snow) conditions were so bad that at LaGuardia, a US Airways jet accidentally landed on the runway.” — David Letterman

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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