Celine s Maniacs - Shalimar s Diary

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December 11th, 2004 show

My Ticket I was so lucky to go to Celine's show twice this week. December 11, 2004 was the last show that I attended and I was able to go with my Mom. Celine was especially giddy that night. It takes me a few times in watching the shows to realize what's happening around Celine and her voice, because watching the show anyone would become entranced by it. The version that Celine is singing for the 'A New Day' song is the slower version which is number 15 on the A New Day Has Come CD.

Celine was going off script which was nice and interacting with the audience. A fan told Celine she loved her. Celine replied, "I love you too." Another fan said she loved her more. Then Celine replied, "I love you most!" It was all very cute and then while Celine was replying to the last girls comment, she rolled her eyes upward like wow you guys are just the greatest. She was giggling a lot after the Seduces Me song, blowing kisses and throwing in her own dance moves when she ran across the stage.

I was just wondering if Celine would ever bring children on stage for the Christmas song. She did add the dancers in back of her, they were all holding candle sticks that were lit up. It was like the dancers were Christmas carolers. This change was only made within the four days of my last show. What a wonder night, when you know you can go to bed right after the show and you have just been sung to by CELINE DION!!! At the end I noticed that she did Elvis's signature move, the one he ended his shows with in Las Vegas.

Living My Dream in Las Vegas, Shalimar

My Birthday Show!

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Yesterday (12/8/04) I went to watch Celine's show, my friend took me for my birthday. There are a couple of changes and a special song she is singing for the holiday. Instead of opening with Nature Boy, she does the long awaited song A New Day Has Come!!! This song still has the same graphics as 'Nature Boy', the breaking of the glass and Celine coming down the stairs. Celine said she wished she could talk with all of us, have a conversation with each of us individually, and that it would be some concert. :) She also has a special surprise for us this month she is singing "Happy Xmas (the war is over)" in place of 'What A Wonderful World'. Celine's hair was curly tonight, very cute. Before the show an insider told me Celine could be seen with rollers in her hair and that there were Christmas lights on them. That must have been an interesting sight, lol. Well here are some scans of the Christmas ornament I got tonight.

Thank you again BGBR I love it.

Merry Christmas everyone and Have a Happy New Year!!!

Shalimar, Living My Dream In Vegas.

My Review Of The 13th Ella Award Ceremony!!

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I arrived at the Coloseum at 10:30 (October 10th, 2004) just as the show was letting out. I saw a lady with an Ella Program, so I asked if the Ella’s had already been held, but she said 'No' and that they were going to hold the ceremony after the show. She was very nice, she handed me an Ella Program. This Ella Program is a very big book (see the scans below this review) dedicated to Celine. It has 160 pages and beautiful pictures and personal notes to Celine from various celebrities, associations, sponsors, and fans. I met my friend at the entrance of the Colosseum, she had just gotten out of the show, and she was able to pick up another program for me. My friend said that Celine did not make much reference to the Ella Award, but she did mention that the attendees were in the audience.

We (my mom, my friend, and I) were off to the Florentine Room to go to the Ella Awards. I am not going to go into details of how I got in, just know that I got in. Celine arrived at 11:30 p.m., she entered from within the Florentine Room, through a private entrance. She was wearing what looked like a prom dress, almost 80’s style. It was a black dress, cut short, mid thigh length, and there was a very large bow on the left side. I did not know many of the faces that attended the assembly, but I did recognize David Foster. Celine made an acceptance speech, thanking the Ella committee for the award. She made her way through the crowd and spent a while mingling with the attendees and going around to certain tables. She was congratulated by many and she posed for the photographers and anyone who wanted a picture. Celine looked at me so I gave her a hug and congratulated her on the award. Celine said, “Thank you very much.” Then she posed for me with her funny expressions and movements, like a fashion model in a photo shoot. For some unknown reason I feel like I have a good connection with Celine because when I take pictures of her she gets in her carefree goofy state. The event was an important one for Celine and it was cool that she was having fun with me. She was very serious at the Nevada Ballet Theater, so it was a little different this time, she was more relaxed. Celine had to leave and when she was leaving she squeezed my hand and said, “I’ll see you again.

Every attendee received a Celine Dion bag, that contained a variety of items. Here is the list: Celine Dion Perfums Bottle - The Margo Feiden Galleries Ltd. $100 gift certificate (The front side of the certificate shows an animation of Celine holding her chest each is individually numbered there were only 400 made) - Bead Head Superstar Queen for a Day Thickening Spray - Herbacin Kamile + Glycerine Hand Cream - Roots Optical Equipment (Coin Purse & Optical Cloth) - Celine Dion 2004 Ella Award Recipient Whats in Store Gold Fresh Water Pearls Earrings - Nail Polish O.P.I and Jessica brand - Mama Sue’s Cookies - 2 dvd’s and 2 cd’s (one of which is the new miracle cd !!).

I listened Céline's new album all night and it’s a beautiful cd. - The ticket in was a silver glitter wrist band that said Society of Singers 2004. I scanned it in, but it doesn’t do it justice, it’s a pretty souvenir band. Celine left a little after 12:00 through the back entrance. I later saw her re-entering the Colosseum, she stopped to pose for a picture and then she was rushed in, by her bodyguards. It was a great event, had lots of fun, and as always every encounter with Celine has been a beautiful and positive one.

Livin' My Dream In Las Vegas, Shalimar

The 13th ELLA AWARD CEREMONY - Program

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The World Music Awards!


I arrived at the Thomas and Mack at 4:00. It really wasn't that busy, considering the red carpet was right out in the open where everyone could see it. I had seen a couple of celebrities, but not many famous ones so I figured there might be another way for them to get in to the event. When 5:30 came along I was ready to take my seat, but I had to walk around the red carpet to get onto the other side, so I did. When I got to the other side I ran into Michel and I asked him if Celine was coming and he said, "Yes!" So I once again went to grab a spot along the red carpet, about 10 minutes later Celine arrived in her personal vehicle (Not the Limousine with the WMA logo on it). When Celine stepped out of her car I saw her dress and it was absolutely amazing. It was an Asian style dress made out of sequence and it shimmered in the sun. The crowd went wild, "Céline, JE T'AIME!!!!!!!!" were being yelled out by some French.

Celebrities that had arrived earlier shook hands and signed autographs for fans, but Céline quickly moved passed to get up to the escalator. She was stopped by a member of OutKast who asked her a few questions. Celine then got to the escalator and waved to the fans, she was then greeted by photographers who wanted to take her pictures.

For some reason right after the intermission took place a little bit of Love Could Move Mountains came on. Just about 2 seconds of the song played and very faintly, but it was enough to give away what song Céline would be singing. Celine's performance was GREAT, I couldn't believe she brought all of her dancers on stage with her. PEOPLE REALLY WENT CRAZY FOR HER PERFORMANCE!! I was sad to later find out that Celine had gotten ill. The "smoke" was actually caused by a firework and it was from Usher's performance. I was lucky to run into a friend of mine that works for a casting agency and he upgraded me to a seat filler on the ground floor with the celebrities. So I got to see our Diva up close and she looked great.

Livin' My Dream In Las Vegas, Shalimar

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My September Concerts!

My Ticket My Ticket I was invited to Thursday and Friday's shows (September 2nd and 3rd). I had mezzanine seats and was waiting to be seated when I found a friend of mine that I hadn’t seen in a while and he was able to upgrade me to orchestra seats, which was really nice.

Here’s what's new in the show! Céline opens with "There Was A Boy" in a black glitter skirt with a 3/4 length jacket and a red shirt underneath. This outfit is similar to the original pant suit she used to wear, but not so form fitting. Céline’s hair is very straight and long, and a medium brown/honey color, it reminds me of her hair style from the All The Way TV Special. The only weird thing is that she has such short bangs

When Céline sings It’s All Coming Back To Me Now, she uses a lot of movement with her hands, almost like she is doing a sign language. The dancers got new outfits for I’m Alive, men wear half blue and half white pants, so when they turn it makes a cool effect. The girls wear pink, orange, or green dresses, there all very colorful outfits. Celine also changed how she sings At Last, she put more emotion into it in the way she uses the tones in her voice when there’s no words to the music. They have stand-ins for the gold bell hop man and the man in the white outfit. I guess they have the extras for such things as an emergency or a sick call.

Friday was a plus for my mom she got in for free. A girl came up to my mom and asked if she wanted to buy a ticket, my mom told her that she should try getting her money back from the box office. With no luck she came back to my mom and handed her the ticket, she could not get the money for it because it wasn’t under her name.

On Friday’s show Celine had some technical difficulties with her microphone and ear piece. She wanted the microphone to produce a louder sound for I’m Alive. She pointed to her ear and then taped on the mic and pointed her finger up. Celine was also kissing her index finger and throwing it out into the audience throughout the show. Celine startled herself, when she sang If I Could she hit her chest very hard and it made a loud noise on the mic. I have never seen Celine at the end of a show get so over excited, but she did on Friday. She was carrying the rose and she seemed to be looking for someone, she never found that person. Her bodyguards were caught off guard by what she had done, that they motioned her to give the rose to the nearest person and forced her back up to the stage.

Dream Big Because Dreams Really Do Come True

Kisses, Shalimar

Me On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame!

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My family and I went to Los Angeles this summer for a vacation. Of course, I wanted to make sure that one of our stops would be Celine's star since we were going to be down there. I was anticipating the moment the whole time we were staying in L.A. I was also curious to know where Celine's STAR would be.

So on the second day we all went down to Hollywood and started walking along the stars. My eyes were quickly glancing at the celebrity names and my heart would skip a beat every time I would see a name that started with a "C." We finally got to the Kodak theater, passed a couple of street vendors and there it was. Celine's Star off by itself, which I thought was cool because it really does stick out. I got on the ground so I could touch the star of the wonderful Diva.

Then I thought to myself, WOW what a great accomplishment and she deserves all the good things that happen in her life. She brings so much happiness into the hearts of so many people and I'm glad that she gets recognized for all that she has done. Don't worry Celine Fans, I shined up the star while I was there!

Dream Big Because Dreams Really Do Come True

Kisses, Shalimar

My July 1st Show

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Hi Celine Fans, Last night I went to the Céline store and there are some new items and also some things that are on sale, like high end jewelry that is 30% off. They now carry the soufflé (thick body cream) $18 and the perfume purse spray (pure perfume) $25.

I was ready to leave and go home, but my mom was heading towards the box office, so my friend and I followed. As we got towards the middle of the Colosseum a man was coming out of Celine’s show and asked my mom if she wanted to see the Celine Show and she said, “Yes.” He replied, “Here you go, enjoy.” The man handed her one ticket and then my mom turned to us and the man reached into his pocket and gave another two tickets, I couldn’t believe he had three tickets. What are the odds of someone having three tickets and all of us meeting at that very moment. It was like the world stopped and everyone stood still because there was not a single soul around us. After my mom and I gave him a hug and thanked him, we all ran like lightning to get in. I actually did not know that Celine was performing, but I later found out that she had been performing for weeks.

We missed about a half an hour of the show, but it was no big deal we were just all so happy that we could be there. I noticed some new computer graphics and also in Love Can Move Mountains the female dancers now have either a blue or purple dress. Celine had the most energy then I have ever seen in any of her other performances. Celine danced across the stage so freely and it seemed so not rehearsed almost like free-style dancing. My mom commented on her looking so vibrant, healthy, and radiant. Her hair looks beautiful, the color looks right for her and it looks like her eyebrows are growing back because they are thicker and dark like her natural hair color. Right as I Drove all night started people started to sit down after they had given her a standing ovation and Celine replied, “You can’t sit down for this song.” I was thinking the same thing in my head because it’s just such an energetic song and I was still standing up and dancing. After that song Celine went to different parts of the audience to get them energized and to applaud the loudest against the other side. During My Heart Will Go On Celine became teary eyed because we were yelling and applauding. She gave her speech and said, “It was another wonderful performance, with the help of all these people (band & dancers). A French man replied, “And we don’t even want a refund.” Celine replied, “Are you my neighbor?

I’m not sure if Celine is seeing a doctor after every show, but he was there last night. As soon as the show ended he went back stage with about 8 teenage girls that ended up with programs as they were coming out. I asked a bodyguard that I had only met once backstage if one of my favorite bodyguards was there, but he said he wouldn’t be back till November. I’m not sure how all these people remember me, but he asked for my name because he said I looked familiar to him, and when I told him my name he said oh YES SHALIMAR, we talked for a little while then he needed to go backstage. When I got out of the theater I ran into Michel and we talked for a little while, I love his eyes because it's like looking into Celine's eyes there so captivating and genuine. I’m so happy that life just keeps getting better in a world that seems so unforgiving. That for two hours I and 4,099 others can join Celine in her imaginary world were there is love and happiness. I can forget about all my worries and dream. It’s true there is always sunlight after the rain and it’s wonderful when things that you can only dream of come true.

Always Remember to Dream Big Because Dreams Really DO Come True!

Shalimar

Happy Easter Everyone !!
(4/11/04)

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My Ticket As I approached the Colosseum the marquee that plays Celine’s music video was thanking Opportunity Village. I didn’t arrive at the Colosseum very early, but I did manage to get a ticket right at 8:30. It was a good thing that the show was about 5 minutes late, so I didn’t miss a thing. The place was jam packed, everyone wanted a ticket and there were VIP’s every where. No major changes occurred in the show, but I was so happy to have attended because all proceeds were going to a worthy cause, Opportunity Village. Céline in her speech congratulated the employees of Opportunity Village for all that they do for everyone.

I did notice that Je T'Aime Encore has taken on a new meaning for Celine. Before the song started she said: "I believe you only love truly once in your life, even if the ones you love are not here with you". At the end of the song Celine became teary eyed, took a deep breath, and was so choked up with emotion. If she didn’t have to introduce the band she would have cried right their on stage, but Celine is a strong woman and knows that the show must go on.

In 'Love Can Move Mountains' she was wearing her overalls and her hair was tied up in a ponytail. Céline pulled up her pants to show off her legs, hugged a man and did some of the crazy dance moves a girl showed her at the 100th show after party. She didn’t sing much of this song because she was having too much fun on the stage free style dancing.

I wanted so much to be on the LCD screen, since I was near the stage. When 'What A Wonderful World' was sung I was hoping they would pan to my section. Then the bright lights came shining down on me and I was on the screen, and I blew the audience a kiss, that was fun. Céline must have had a great vacation because she looked radiant.

Céline ended with thanking Opportunity Village and thanked everyone for coming. When the credits were rolling a women announced the winning number for a trip to Australia. The VIP’s all received a gift bag from Celine and special Thank You notes were left on every seat. A friend of mine was able to give me 1 of the 4 8x10 laminated mission statements from this special event.

New Items When my mom was in the Celine Boutique, she saw the new Celine Dion Notes Perfume and it comes with a special gift (Celine Dion Bracelet) when you purchase it, it’s silver with a heart and a bar that says Celine Dion. She also wondered why they no longer had the blue card holder case that she had bought for my birthday. She asked the women what had happened to them and she said that they were discontinued. So this will now become a sought after collectors item. They put out new clearance items ranging from 50-75% off and here are the items, a paper weight and a trinket box.

Viva Las Vegas,
Shalimar :-*

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HEY FOLKS... OMG, SHE'S BACK!!!

Hello Céline's Maniacs,

My Ticket Last night, February 6, 2004 was the birthday of a dear friend of mine, her name is Renee. I was able to spend the day with her and we had a great time. We met at the Colosseum and later went to the Cheese Cake Factory to celebrate this day. Renee decided she would take me with her to Celine’s show because her mother could not attend. We made our way to our seats and spent time talking about Celine’s great performances and fashion. I wanted her to meet one of my favorite bodyguards so I introduced her to him and by that time the show was ready to start.

The opening act Celine waits in the shadows of a doorway and the reflection of the lights from the LED screen revealed to me Celine’s new hair color. I turned to Renee to tell her that I thought Celine might have dyed her hair. Then she stepped into the light and I screamed, I could not stop thinking "WOW", it’s the old Celine, SHE'S BACK !!!!.

She looks just like she did 11 months ago before she cut off her hair. She has her hair long, it’s layered, and a light brown color. She looks absolutely beautiful.

Céline spoke with the audience saying that she was sick for about a week, but she didn’t loose any time, she was able to dyed her hair. She joked about “Celine” asking her to fill in for her, but she would be out in 10 minutes, “you know the blonde one !.” She asked us how we like her hair, and everyone applauded and screamed. Then she told us "Thank you for being here and attending tonight's show."

The show went on as usual, Celine looked well rested, hit every note, and looked great. Tonight they did give out the Chrysler Crossfire interactive CD for your PC.

Take care everyone,
* Shalimar *

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RC's party at Chuck E. Cheese!!!

Today, January 26, I called Chuck E. Cheese at 4:30 p.m. and I asked the lady what time they were open to and she told me today they had a private party. So right away I knew it was René Charles' party. It was held at 1521 Sunset Road, Henderson, NV.

I arrived at Chuck E. Cheese at 5:00 p.m. I knew right away that Celine was there because all you see is Chryslers in the parking lot. As I walked up to the front door I see two of Celines bodyguards. On the front door it says sorry for the inconvenience Chuck E. Cheese is closed from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. due to a private party.

When you walk in you were greeted by Bob the Builder and Chuck E. Cheese. Talking about balloons, there were hundreds of them shaped like Bob the Builder, and they also had yellow and blue balloons. On the tables you could see bags of cotton candy.

I look to my right and there were Rene and René Charles they both have Bob the Builder hats on, Rene is in a black sweater and pants RC has a cute pants outfit. RC hops on a ride and father and son is as happy as can be. If you haven’t been to a Chuck E. Cheese the games are in the front and the party room is in the back. The party was mostly held in the back and there wasn’t a lot of children playing in the front. They were most likely watching the show that is put on by Chuck E. Cheese and spending time with the family.

After that I saw Celine's brother Michel coming outside and he grabs a quick smoke. People asked him if he knew how much longer the party would be, and he said about 5 min. it went on for another hour. The workers from Chuck E. Cheese helped put the presents in the car. Then I over heard one of Celine's bodyguards talking on the phone and he said I am here with about fourty kids and I have a surprise for you he had balloons and a Bob the Builder kids costume. Every child that attended the event received a costume and balloons.

Celine's butler walked by me and he had a Bob the Builder hat on too. A white Caesars Palace limo pulls up and I thought Celine would get into it, but she didn’t. Céline left at 7:10 p.m. in a black Chrysler Pacifica that was parked right in front of Chuck E. Cheese.

P.S. Sorry but there will be no pictures out of respect for Celine and her family.

Take care & Viva Las Vegas,

* Shalimar *

[Thank you very much Shalimar!!!]
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The Black & White Ball !!!
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Tonight January 24, 2004 was a night that I wasn’t looking forward to going to the Colosseum. It is very cold here in Las Vegas right now, I have a cold and my mother was not looking forward to taking me to Ceasars at 10:30 at night. But guys I have a story to tell you.

By the time I finally arrived at the ballroom it was 10:40 I get off the escalator and before my eyes is a huge framed poster board of the honorary, Celine Dion, and next to it was a mini mannequin with a black and white dress. My mom and I are talking and ten minutes later I look over her shoulder and see Celine’s bodyguard. I start walking really fast toward Celine because literally I was like 200 feet from her. I got up to her and Rene was holding Celine, they were arm in arm. This is when the slow motion effect comes in, the both of them walk down the isle, it looked like they were getting married all over again. There heads were held high and the look in their eyes, they were just so focused.

My mother even said, “Celine” but nothing got there attention. Celine was wearing a black dress with a high slit on her right side, a blue necklace that shined like the stars, and shoes I can’t tell you because I was in awe of her presence. Her hair was clipped up in the back and it was long. As she entered the doors to the Black and White Ball she was accompanied by about 12 little ballerinas dressed in pink.

She was heading toward the stage and I had security and bodyguards holding me back and telling me what I couldn’t do. I’m a risk taker and I was not going to let those doors slam in my face and shut me out from the party so my mom pushed me forward and I walked in. I was so hesitant all I could think of was I do not fit in, I’m in jeans and a sweater, when everyone is wearing black and white. Oh well, what can I do I have to make the best of what I got and I really didn’t think I would see Celine. I look up at the stage and Celine’s famous signature is done up in bright lights.

Celine gets on stage and a man introduces her. He tells her to sit on this chair he has for her and that she will be sung to, he then lays a big bouquet of white roses in her lap. He later hands her a water bottle telling her she must be tired The Black & White Pictures The Black & White Pictures (I have the bottle with her pink lipstick on the straw, and no one bothered me this time). He then asked when she was finished to sign the bottle and he would later auction it on ebay, and she jokingly said, “It will be worth more if I drink out of it right.

Oprah comes on a prerecorded video and wants to congratulate Celine on her achievements since she could not be there in person. She says, “Truly a new day, you inspire me, you are the women of the year!” There is much more she said, but I couldn’t take notes so my mom tried her best to write what she could because security was bothering her. Then Clint Holmes sang for her. Then Sheena Easton came up and asked Celine “How you doing?” Easton- “I’m scared of you,” and Celine puts her arm up as if to show she didn’t have muscles. Easton goes on to say, “This is the voice.” Clint and Sheena sang a duet. Next was Billy Gillman he sang "One Voice Was Heard", a very beautiful song and Celine swayed back and forth in her chair.

A man from Cartier gave Celine a silver platter and then she received her women of the year award which resembled a women with her arms up and Celine duplicated that pose. She gave a long speech 5 minutes or more and here are a few quotes. She said, “I like to entertain myself, but how wonderful it is to be entertained by you tonight.” “I just came a little while ago on stage with my 50 dancers and it is wonderful to see you here. “I came in with the ballerinas and I felt as if they were my own.” “Thank you for being here and supporting the Nevada Ballet Theatre.”

She got off the stage laid her water bottle down, stood next to Rene, mingled with the rich, took pictures and signed a few autographs. She headed out of the ballroom I took a few pictures of her signing autographs and Billy Gillman got one from her. The bodyguards did not want to many people around her and so they kept everyone away. I followed her to the elevator, she waved bye and then the doors shut. Rene was a little late he was holding Celine’s award and no one was by him the bodyguards were motioning for him to come.

I go back into the ballroom because I notice people coming out with white boxes. I saw that Celine’s water bottle is still where she left it so I took it and after a few minutes felt a sense of relief, no one wanted the water bottle.

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I then get a set of the boxes for my mom and I, we got our programs on the way out. The big white box came tied in a black bow and consists of a 1.7fl Celine Dion Parfums bottle ($32), A New Day Travel Mug that is red and silver ($20), and a Celine Dion Candle ($18) all the tags are still on them from Celine’s boutique. The small box has a red Cartier box in it and it has four silver and gold salt and pepper shakers that have initials on them, CC. On the way out I see the beautifully framed poster board of Celine and I tell my mom I really want that, she tells me to go and ask one of the workers. I asked a man and he said, “sure I don’t see why not and if anyone asks you just tell them your a big fan.” It took me about two minutes to get it out of the frame and I felt, what a great night, I’m glad I got out of the house, just when I think it can’t get any better something comes along and tops it.

A special Thanks to all the Celine Fans that read my story, I write them for you so you can be inspired and to know that anything is possible.

Dream Big Because You Know Dreams Really Do Come True,
*Shalimar*

[Thank you very much Shalimar!!!]
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The New Year's Eve Show!!

Hello Celine's Maniacs,

My Ticket Another year has gone by, but what a great one it has been. OK!!! ;) I am on my way to the strip and five minutes into the ride a Celine song comes on. I know instantly and say to my mom “OH MY GOD SOMETHING GREAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN TONIGHT,” I don’t have a ticket, but I am still optimistic I will get in to the show. So I arrive at the Colosseum it’s 6:00 p.m. and I have an hour to try to get a ticket. I’m waiting and I finally get the guts to ask some people. First man I ask, yeah he is selling tickets, but only as a pair and for $300 bucks. Two girls catch my eye and they are selling tickets too and one of them tell me they have a $127 ticket, but can sell it for $100. I scrape up my money and I end up with $61 and they tell me fine, sold. It’s 7:00 enter the Colosseum, I never go to my assigned seat, I find a friend of mine and while I’m talking one of Celine’s bodyguards passes and I meet and greet with him. It’s almost 7:30 so I find a seat next to the sound check guys (it’s an area in the middle of the theater). Five minutes until the show starts Rene finds his seat in the sound check booth and then the show starts.

There have been some changes to Celine’s wardrobe here is what I found. Opening act Nature Boy we all know Celine’s hair is growing out, but they still use the prerecorded video of Celine coming down in an imaginary stair case. Her hair is short in the video and she uses a black pant suit with a white shirt under. Now she actually uses a black dress that is cut to look like a suit with a red bustier underneath. The next song Power Of Love lights go black and Celine appears with the Red bustier and it turns out to also be a dress. At the end of the song Celine stops to talk with us she wants to wish us “A Happy New Year and Peace On Earth.” Celine’s boys are still not wearing shirts in Seduces Me and she tells the audience “I will give them a few minutes to get a shirt on, or nothing!” In another song Celine comes out in a pink sparkle dress with a wrap around her waist and the battery pack holder matches her dress. Celine no longer flys in the First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, but they still have people who fly. I noticed that the girl who took Celine’s place was also wearing her dress or at least a replica. Before Celine starts Je T’aime Encore she speaks with us and says “I believe we love truly, deeply once in our life,” and then goes on to speak about what the song means because this version is sung in French. She still does wear the black overalls and white shirt and there were two young girls in the audience with the a replica outfit like Celine’s and there’s said “Celine kicks” and it was on their behind. The last dress she wears for My Heart Will Go On is a kimono looking dress. It’s pink with a light spring purple color and bellbottom sleeves.

The man I was sitting next to was from France and he had told me earlier that he was going to the after party. The party was for dancers and for some of Celine’s close staff. So I decided to wait outside by the Colosseum stairs to see if I could find out where it was. An hour passes and I see nothing, so I decided to go to Terraza, I think maybe Celine might have reservations. I waited about 15 minutes and who do I see, Celine comes walking by with Rene, Michelle, R.C. and his nanny and 2 bodyguards !!!!! Her hair was different from the show, it looked like she had wet it because it was slicked back. I said, “Hi Celine” and she gave me a big smile. They went into a door, I don’t know where it leads to, but it all happened so fast and I managed to snap two pictures. I later got two more pictures, but those were with the bodyguards. One of them asked me where the perfume bottle was and if I had used it. The other one said, “Oh that was you?”

I went back to the Colosseum because I had to at least stay their till 11:00, the roads are all blocked at this time of year till the New Years hour. Slowly people start coming out and I walk up to a dancer and we start talking about Celine. He says that Celine has had a cold for a little while and that she was sick tonight. I had no clue because she was holding her notes so long and it sounded perfect. He said the night before she was singing Fever and she forgot a line, but she started to improvise and apologized for forgetting the words. “That just shows that she does not lip sing through the concert,” he said. Another dancer came out and we started talking and I asked her what was happening in there, she said it was a party for the dancers. Celine had earlier thanked them for all that they have done. I asked her about the girl who flies during the First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, and she was like, “Oh that’s me.” She also says that is the same dress that Celine used to wear, what a lucky girl she is, oh my god I thought that was the coolest thing ever. She said that Celine did not have to thank them, that she was the most down to earth person and that she was the greatest person she has had the chance to work with. We concluded our conversation and I headed down to the strip to welcome the New Year with a fire work show. Oh yes later that night I found out from a very reliable source that she would be staying the night with her family in one of the luxurious suites.

Remember Dream Big Because Dreams Really Do Come True.

Shalimar

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Another SCOOP for your site...Yesterday I called the Green Ranch Valley Resort in Las Vegas (where Céline shot her latest videoclip) to ask for some informations about the video. They told me that it was a video for a song in french !!

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Céline's Show In French - October 1, 2003

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Hello Celine's Maniacs,

On October 1, Celine’s French taping was held at Ceasars Palace. I was there from 4:00 p.m. PT to 2:00 am PT, but the taping didn’t start till about a quarter to 9:00 p.m.. I never really thought about it, but I was at the Colosseum for 10 hours OMG. :) My mom and I were both able to get in. One of my favorite bodyguards gave me a ticket and a women who was a writer gave my mom a ticket. I will not be able to relay all of the songs to you because they are the new ones from her CD, but she did sing some oldies.

This show was almost like a tribute to Celine because she was not singing a whole lot of songs. She sat on a sofa and the men would sing to her and she would thank them at the end and give them hugs. There was also a little mini TV on Celine’s table that had fans of Canada saying endearing things about her and asking questions.

At these tapings there is always someone there, who tells you how and when to clap, so he wasted a lot of time with that. The first song was "Tout L'or Des Hommes" and it was a music video (not done live). It was different from the one we have all seen, it showed them on stage, but in back of them pictures of Ceasars Palace and the Colosseum flashed around. Then a little while after they came on stage and sang it with their music video on the led screen, there were also extra footage that showed throughout. I love this song, it’s a nice rock song. It makes everyone throw up their hands, like in a rock concert.

Celine had a couple of outfit changes but she was only changing between two outfits (back and forth). The first one was the exact same ensemble from "Tout L'or Des Hommes" video, the green boyscout shirt and the black jeans. Then she also wore a purplish pink off-the-shoulder sheer dress probably made of nylon. When she wore that dress she didn’t wear shoes instead she had rhinestone jewels that looked like sandals on her feet. Her feet were pretty dirty after the show but it was very cute, she kept kicking them up. Her hair is short and spiky. It’s not platinum blond, and her roots are dark and it looks good.

Then "Je t’aime encore". In "Je t’aime encore" the letter was written in French and it was on the led screen. "Pour Que Tu M'aimes Encore" was next on Celine’s list followed by "S'il Suffisait D'aimer".

Ricky Martin sang one song at the end. I’m not a fan of his so I can’t say which one, I’m clueless. Celine said he has rhythm and was magnificent. Ricky thinks Celine is magical. He said, “As singers we feel so much emotion on stage.” and Celine cut in, saying, “I don’t know what emotions you were showing good or bad”, (referring to his dancing). Celine started to dance and tried to imitate him. She also imitated Elvis as usual! :-D

One of the last songs Celine sang to was upbeat and it had an Irish sound to it ("Je Lui Dirais"). She even did some River Dance moves.

Celine referred to cheese. She was hungry like most of us in the audience and asked the female singer if she wanted bacon or sausage. At 2:00 in the morning Celine was still pumping with energy, while most of the staff seamed tired and drained out.

Like in the Oprah show, the mezzanines were not filled at all, and by the end of the show there were maybe 500 people left of the 2000+ people who did come.

It was well worth the wait to see Celine for so long in her natural state, just dancing and singing along with the music. I also had a great Celine fan accompanying me, who reads my reviews, which was really cool. Thanks Renee B., for being so down to earth and I had a great time talking with you.

Hope to see more of you Celine fans on my next Great Adventure.
Dream Big, Because Dreams Really Do Come True!!!

Shalimar

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Shalimar at Celine's 100th "A New Day" Party !!!!!

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Hello Celine Maniacs,

Yesterday, September 7, 2003 Celine had a private party for her 100th show. A friend of mine from the Colosseum gave me my pass to get in, but he was not able to attend. The party was held at the Garden of the Gods, next to the pool. There was food every where, it went from one side of the stage to the other. The things that really stood out were the chocolate covered strawberries, which were made to look like a mans tuxedo. The cocktail bar was entirely made of ice and inside of the ice were red letters that said, “A New Day.” Where the drinks were poured it had a dip were the liquid went into, and spiraled into your cup icy cold. Celine had a cake that was about 2ft by 3ft, it said “A New Day 100th Show.” I grabbed a couple of finger foods and tried to find a seat close to the stage/dance floor.

I was sitting at a table alone and felt very awkward because I couldn’t find anyone I knew. A few minutes later Patrick Angelil came walking by, I went up to him and told him that I was by myself and if he could help me out and he told me that I could find a seat in the VIP section. It worked out I found the lighting crew and they were nice to me. I got to talk to them for a little while and then Celine walked in, I left them and said I would be back in three minutes, but it was more like an hour.

This party was great because everyone was calm nobody really rushed or pushed to see Celine. Celine stepped onto the dance floor and opened with a speech. It was about being excited about her first 100 sold out shows for A New Day and the efforts that went into the show. She ended it with, “Let’s get this party started !!I was the third person that joined her on the dance floor and started to dance with her. She is so cute she really likes to dance and we all surrounded her. Everyone was dancing with her and she was singing along with the music, making goofy faces, and taking pictures with people who asked. I took some pictures with Celine, danced with her, and gave her a kiss on the cheek. I got some lipstick on her face, so when I saw it I rubbed it off, she doesn’t mind at all when I touch her most people I think would have looked to see what I was doing, but she kept dancing. Her dancers from the show are great to watch in their free dancing with Celine and she can keep up with everyone. Celine danced to about 3 or 4 songs, she danced to oldies but I do know one of the songs “You Shook Me All Night Long.” Celine even did the guitar move she did on Divas Las Vegas.

Celine was challenged by a young tall girl. She was doing a move something like what Elvis used to do. The girl was making her legs quiver and of course this girl couldn’t handle it and she ended up with a side pain she told Celine. Through all of that dancing and the outdoor heat, Celine never broke out in a sweat.

Cake Time! It was time for Celine to cut the cake and everyone gathered around. She cut a piece for someone I didn’t pay attention, but I’m sure it was for Rene and then she had the second piece. She said she had to try it to make sure it was good, she gave the OK and everyone got a piece. I followed Celine from beginning to end and she was cool about it and so were her bodyguards. She greeted everyone and gave little interviews here and there, people came up to her and congratulated her.

Celine looked great her hair style is very cute, now that it is growing out. She was wearing a green dress, with rhinestones on both sides of her shoulders and a beige closed toe shoe. The show started at 10:30 and ended at 2:00 Celine was there from 11:25-12:20. I did find out that Celine will be taking RC to Lego Land when she takes her next break. Before Celine was able to leave I got to talk some business with her and Rene, they have my phone number. Rene said he would be sure he talks with the right people and he will get back to me, so hopefully it all goes well. Wish me luck! I will keep you guys posted and pictures will come out hopefully later on today because when I got back home all the hour photo shops were closed.

DREAM BIG BECAUSE DREAMS REALLY DO COME TRUE!

Take Care Shalimar

 P.S. I took a personal souvenir home from Celine. After Celine was done taking two bites out of her cake she left it on a table. I came back a half an hour later and it was still there!!! I mustered up the courage to grab it, I didn’t think it would be rude because Celine was gone. I took it back to my table, but it was a good thing I had grabbed my own piece of cake before I took Celine’s. A man came up to me and said, “A friend of mine wants that cake back, I’m sorry to be a d^@k about it but she is with me and she wants it back.” He was very rude and mean about it and made me take it back to her table. He turned his head to gossip with one of the camera lighting guys I was talking to and that’s when I swoped the cake. I have Celine’s dish, cake, and fork with Celine’s pink lipstick on it. If some devine power didn’t want me to have, it wouldn’t have worked out the way it did right?
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: CELINE'S MANIACS ALSO LAND AT DIVAS BACKSTAGE!!! :

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Hello Celine's Maniacs, it's your Shalimar again.

Great News! Diva Duets was a hit. I entered the MGM casino at 3:30 PM, March 22, 2003. A man approached me with tickets and I bought the ticket for $20, but as we started talking he was acting a little suspicious so I asked if the ticket was legit. When I asked him to wait in line with me to see if I could get in, he hesitated and made some excuses, but he later offered me a refund so I agreed.

I left that area and went straight to the red carpet, the stars were working in my favor, no later then five minutes I was behind the ropes. I was with the mass media, photographers, reporters, and even Entertainment Tonight was there! I was playing the side kick reporter for a photographer named Mirek, he was very nice. I was with the media at the red carpet taking pictures of the celebrities, watching them roll in and out. Beyonce from Destiny’s Child was one of the last celebrities, and the media started packing up. I was like, “No, where’s Celine?” Merik said “I guess she’s not coming.” So I asked him if I could have his press pass and he said “Sure.” You never seen me put something on so fast, and I thanked him and we said our good-byes.

I walked away from the red carpet and a man (photographer) approached me saying, “I saw everything you did.” He asked if I took any pictures and I said yes and we started talking. We went to the back of the building where some celebrities can sneak in if they don’t want to get interviewed. The man told me not to be shy and act like you own the place, so I did. When I walked through it was like God was letting me have my moment with Celine again. She was right there less then ten feet away and as I started walking closer that distance started to diminish. She was in a beautiful pink DIVA dress getting interviewed by Sharon Osbourne. I had missed the interview so I don’t know what they talked about. Celine stood up and came towards where I was because Rene was standing next to me. I started taking pictures of Celine, there was a wall where she was at and she started posing against it. She was professional, elegant, and she was stunning.

She went to talk with a young girl who was the finalist on Starsearch. Celine said, She is a powerful singer and she likes the way she sings. The girl was totally amazed, she had a big smile on her face. Celine held her face, gave her a hug and a kiss. I said. “Celine hello!!” Then I leaned in towards her and she came towards me as if I were going to tell her a secret, but I said, “I’m Shalimar, do you remember me from perfume night?” “She replied “Oh yes!” I told her “You also signed a picture for me when you were back stage.” She was leaving to head down to the Colosseum, so I extended my arms and gave her a hug and we gave each other a kiss on the cheek. That was great because I didn’t get to do that the last time. She had to rush out, because as we all know she was performing at the Colosseum, what a trooper. :)

I went back to the MGM arena and when I got there a man asked me if I needed a ticket, I said “YES” and he gave it to me for FREE. I don’t even know where my seat was, I just went straight down to floor seats and took the best seats I could find. I had missed Celine’s performance, but I would not have given up my experience for the world, because I had a one on one chat with Celine. For all you Celine Fans, we all know this doesn’t happen very often. I talked to a girl who was sitting above me and she did say that the song went, “Have You Ever Been In Love.”.

Well I will leave you for now so I can re-run this experience in my head.
VIVA Las Vegas, Shalimar

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WAITING FOR THAT NEW DAY...


SATURDAY'S LAST DRESS REHEARSAL :::
(03/20/2003)

Hello Celine Maniacs, it's Shalimar!

Shalimar s Preview ticket Truly what a wonderful night this was. It took me a little longer to find tickets to Celine’s last rehearsal because everyone wanted to attend this event. This event was free and the not so Celine Dion fans were trying to sell tickets from $50.00-$300.00. Before entering the Colosseum I met Franco Dragone and Rene Angelil and took pictures with them. I all most bought my ticket but my dad got me a ticket and my whole family ended up getting in. As I was standing in line someone noticed me from my pictures and articles on www.celinemaniacs.com. This girl came from Germany along with her three other friends, she was asking me how to get tickets and then her friend came behind her with four tickets from Franco Dragone (how wonderful). When I go into the Colosseum I noticed that they were sitting three rows behind me and I asked if they would like to meet after the show, but they had to meet someone. It was nice to finally meet big fans of Celine after attending five times, without really ever getting that kind of emotion.

Celine started the rehearsal out the same way but she did add the song “Love Can Move Mountains.” Celine was very energetic in this song and the audience got out of their seats and started clapping and dancing to the song. Celine hugged and kissed many people throughout the song, she even brought to young girls on stage with her and twirled them around.

At the very end they rolled credits like how they do at the end of a movie and it said "A New Day..., Celine Dion, produced by Franco Dragone, Feeling Productions Rene Angelil....."

Rene Angelil I waited again at the end of the show and I got Rene’s autograph and even asked him where Celine got her overalls. He said he didn’t know, but the shirt was from Chanel. I have to get me one of these, I really like the style of the overalls. No matter how many times I see this show, it never gets old, there is always something you might have missed in the last show, and there is so much going on with the dancers. You just get lost in the moment of watching and fantasizing, it’s truly magnificent.

The Celine Dion Boutique is open and it is filled with many souviners. I even bought a couple of items a poster, post cards, pictures, candle with Celine’s Picture. There is still so much more that I will buy next time I go, the prices aren’t to bad either. The store even has fine jewelry and musical boxes. It is a true Celine's Maniacs Store you won’t know what to do in there.

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I Love You, Céline. You are the Star Of the Millennium.
Love, Shalimar


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::: THURSDAY'S DRESS REHEARSAL :::
(03/20/2003)

Hello Celine Maniacs, it's Shalimar again!

Shalimar s Preview ticket More News, isn’t this wonderful? I also attended the thursday night show which was called the CBS and third dress rehersal. This show started at 6:20 and ended at 8:45. A nice man gave me tickets to get in. Celine’s number comes up again in my seating arrangement orch 5 seat 505 yes :) . Nice right lol. 3 fives (three is my lucky number), if you notice all my past three tickets contain a three on them wow. See you start to find connections between numbers when you become a Celine's Maniac like I am. Later on I will mention other things that relate to Celine and my number. These are from my past experiences and my Celine Dion encounter at Tarazza, so it is not to bore you, I know we all would like to get to the story of thurseday night right?

Well again this was like wednesday performance, I will not be relisting the songs, just telling you the new things. The difference was that the Colosseum was filled up with a lot more video cameras and photographers than it usually is. Celine towards the end of her performance wore a cute snug fitting overall with a long sleeved white blouse. This outfit was tight therefore allowing Celine to release her overall straps when it would come to a part of the song she felt fit to let it off. It was so cute I was going to ask Celine’s bodyguard or Rene where she got it from. Céline finally told us the title of the Italian song, it's "Ammore Annascunnuto" (Hidden Love)!!! WONDERFUL!!

After the performance I waited in the colosseum because I had seen Rene earlier before the show started and I wanted to see if I could talk to him. He walked back and forth on the stage and when he was alone I waved to him, but he did not wave back. This might have been because he did not see me or just thought I was waving to someone else, I don’t know.

Claude "Mégo" Lemay s autograph Well I waited a little while longer and went up to the stage to talk with a man that works behind the scenes. I asked him if Mego was there? He said, “Who are you?” and one of Celine’s backup singers said, “A friend.” At that moment Mego came out and I asked him if he could resign a picture for me because the pen I had the last time wasn’t working. He signed it for me and I hugged him and he kissed me twice on the cheek (like the true French do). He also asked me how I liked the show...."OF COURSE!!"

I walked out and there was a CELINE DION STORE on my right, it is located right next to the Colossem in front of the new Bradley Ogden restaurant. Before that night the windows to this store were covered with large pictures of Celine’s “A New Day.” This store is amazing, it is an exclusive store just for Celine no other merchandise is in there. Shirts with Celine’s face, books, pictures, sweat pants out fits, shorts, “Celine Dion Perfums,” and much more. I got my copy of Bonus CD that you can receive with any Celine Dion Parfums purchase of $32 or more. Pictures of the Colosseum will come soon!!.

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SHALIMAR'S "A NEW DAY..." PREVIEW (03/19/2003)

Hello Celine's Maniacs, Shalimar reporting to you from Las Vegas, this will be a shorter report compared to my others, since most of it was a repeat, but still enjoyable experience. I'm talking about Wednesday's dress rehearsals.

Shalimar s ticket Shalimar s ticket When I got to the Colosseum there were belly dancers waiting at the front entrance taking pictures with people. The first person I asked for tickets gave me two and my Mom able to join in this experience with me. We got box seating.

The show started at 8:35. Celine came out and described what was going to take place she said “This is our second dress rehearsal, that you are participating in. We are still testing it out and new performances will be added or removed.

Nature Boy” and “The Power Of Love” Celine wore a red glitter nylon type of outfit. Not tight fitting loose and it easily flowed. Her next words were “I’m so thrilled to have you and feel you, is so unbelievable. “It’s All Coming Back To Me Now,” “Because You Loved Me,” “To Love You More,” “I’m Alive.” In these songs she could not help but where her heels. They were about an inch high and thick, not like her usual designer shoes these are dance shoes. “Seduces Me,” in this song Celine pulls up her shirt showing that they were hot and she enjoyed that experience. Her words were “Thank you Dragone, can I bring that chair back with me in three years, will talk about it later.” “If I Could,” and Celine dedicated it to Rene Charles, at the end Celine says “I Love You Rene Charles very much.” “At Last,” “Fever,” “I Got The World On A String.” In the song “Fever” Celine steps on the backs of the men while the other dancer take her down from the piano. I didn’t notice this last time, but the instruments in “I Got The World On A Sting” light up of and on. Celine wears another nylon Cinderella type of dress, the color was blue with a red ribbon around the waist and red thin high heels to match. “I Surrender” and “A New Day Has Come.” “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face,” there was a women floating in wedding dress with a 25 foot train, like Celine wore for her wedding. Celine comes out with a red nylon dress and the giraffe is waiting for her, she says it’s her friend “Hashel.” Six more giraffes appear and at the end three pairs make hearts with their necks and one puts a kiss mark on the screen. The Italian song and “Have You Ever Been In Love.” In “Love Can Move Mountains” dancers came around peoples seats and a male dancer came next to me I touched his back and gave him a high five. “I Wish,” “I Drove All Night,” “My Heart Will Go On,” and “What A wonderful World” were the last songs Celine sang.

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SHALIMAR'S "A NEW DAY..." PREVIEW
(03/17/2003)

Hello Celine's Maniacs, It’s Shalimar from Las Vegas!! I'm sorry for my delay but here's my report of Monday's preview of "A New Day...:

Preview ticket I arrived at the Colosseum at 7:25p.m. I did not have a ticket again and I asked people for any extra tickets they might have. Fifteen minutes after I arrived I spotted Celine’s bodyguard. I walked up to him and thanked him for calling me that night and told him about the report I gave to the Celine's Maniacs website. He asked me if I needed any tickets and I said yes if you could get me one. He looked at the man standing next to him and said he has them for you. His name was Fenny and he asked who I was. The bodyguard said I was a big fan of Celine’s. Fenny took me into the colosseum along with two other women he knew. The waiting time was fun, the cameras scanned through the audience and they took footage of couples, children, and they even panned on me for a minute. I waved into the cameras and held up my Celine Dion picture for all to see. I took notice to see where I was sitting and I was in the fifth row, Celine’s lucky number. There are two sections of orchestra seating and I was in the farther one from the stage this time, but I found the seats to have a wider view from when I was closer to the stage. Don’t get me wrong from my experience both seats were great. As the cameras continued to scan through the audience the TV screen began to crack, this was a special effect.

Celine entered on stage and told everyone that these are performances that might not be seen again. They were trying things out and from the audiences responses they would see what they would keep. She also mentioned that no costumes were going to be used for that night. Celine opened her act with “Nature Boy,” she was wearing a black suit with a white shirt underneath. Next, came “I’m Alive,” the city life was going on in the TV fast cars raced in opposite directions. (When mentioning TV this is a large screen that takes up the whole back wall of the stage.)

Celine was singing live, for those who wanted to know all signs were shown (Example:When Celine brought the microphone away from her face and it sounded distant like it should.) I Surrender,” when this song started a chandelier came down. Every note was sung perfectly in this song and flames surrounded Celine on the TV. “Have You Ever Been In Love” came next on her list. Celine took a moment after this song to say: "The next three songs I will sing are classics At Last,” “Fever,” and “I Got The World On A String.” In the song “Fever” Celine sings on the piano that Mego plays (Celine’s pianist). Then she stands up and two men carry her off the stairs. Mego snaps his fingers in beat with the music and Celine starts to work it, shaking her little booty :) . The piano they used for this song is part of one of the two large stair cases that are located on the stage. When they are finished with it, it is lowered and is free to be walked on. The song “I Got The World On A String,” they bring out about twenty instruments on cables with people pretending to play them. The instruments are very large and colorful, some include the saxophone, piano, and guitar. Celine joins in with her dancers in a Broadway style of dance, it was really awesome to see Celine dance in such a way.

The introduction to the song “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now,” plays as the dancers dance and Celine does a quick clothes change. Thunder sounds and the dome of Caesars Palace can be seen on the TV and then Celine appears in black pants and a white shirt. Baby, baby, baby, when you touch me like this... is sung and her voice is so powerful and strong. Next came my favorite song “Because You Loved Me,” a sunset appears and brightens up the dome. The violins started playing, and it was for the song “To Love You More,” clouds roll in on the screen and birds fly in the sky. This was the part I was waiting for which is what Celine calls, flying. She was in the air about a hundred feet by the end of the song “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face.” Celine was lifted all the way up to the ceiling to where there is a place where she can reenter the stage somehow.

When Celine came back out she found a giraffe waiting for her, this was on the TV. She joked a little with it, saying It’s a little to late to be joining the show..., and the peanuts at the gift shop are really good. It was all really cute and funny. The giraffes disappeared and she sang “A New Day Has Come.” There were different colored smokes that filled in as the background on the TV and female dancers dressed up in peacock feathers moved around the stage. “Seduces Me,” was next and we all know what happens in this scene, men, men, and more men.

There is one in every show it was a song sung in Italian and I am not even able to guess at the title this time. Celine did say it was a song from Neaples, Italy and It’s as passionate as the people there. Italian houses were shown on the screen. After she was finished singing she asked if it made us hungry and she said well I’m hungry. She also said I believe you only find one love in your life. Then she introduced her song “Je T'aime Encore” (I Love You Still). A letter writes on the screen by itself, with no pen about a little boy learning how to play the guitar and he also wants to live in Rome. Celine is constantly and considerately asking her dancers if they are doing all right and touches some of them on their faces every once on a while. “If I Could,” this is where the piano is pushed across the stage in midair by the two men.Love Is All We Need” (Celine’s new song from One Heart). It’s upbeat and all the musicians join on stage playing their instruments and having fun. There are motorized apparatuses that hold the keyboarders and dancers move them around stage with controls they have on there arm rest. "I Wish" by Stevie Wonder. In this song pretend fans run after Celine with cameras and Celine runs off stage. Her next song, another from One Heart, “I Drove All Night.

The media have been talking about a large moon that appears in the show, I am not sure if It’s this one, but it was on TV for “My Heart Will Go On.” The moon is very large when it first appears and it moves throughout the universe. Towards the end the moon is distant and doves start flying toward it and a hundred falling stars fall across the screen. It was very peaceful to hear this song because I have not heard it sung live since 1999, it was really nice. Celine stops to talk again she says “It was a fun night, I thank you very much. Sometimes the world seems like It’s gone bad, but I go to the crib of my baby as he sleeps. There are millions of other little heads in the world and if we give them a chance to grow, the world would be a wonderful place.” She leads into the song of “What A Wonderful World.” They captured moments of older men and still shots of our audience, then at the very end Celine was in a still shot of her present position. Celine had another great performance, everything went well and her voice was strong, powerful and full of emotion. I loved this performance and there is still more to come, It’s amazing to see that Franco dreamed all of this up, he is truly magnificent.

When I left the building I noticed that there were was a board that said you consent to letting CBS air any of the footage that will be taken, this is exactly what it said for the Harpo productions.

[Good Bye for now from Viva Las Vegas Reporter, Shalimar! ---
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::: CELINE'S MANIACS LAND IN OPRAH'S SHOW!!! :::

Dear readers, here is the wonderful story of our reporter in Vegas about yesterday's experience at the Oprah Winfrey's Show. "I had to arrive early at the Colosseum because I had no idea what time it would start, so I was there at 10:30am. I immediately started asking people what, where, when, and, how could I get tickets to the show. Everyone I spoke to said no tickets, but this did not stop me. A guy who worked at the ticket collecting area was a nice guy and was trying to help me out with the tickets and kept me updated on the show times and rules. These tickets were not open to the general public! Just for Caesars Palace employees.

It was about 2 hours into my journey when I saw Celine's bodyguard come out of the Colosseum. I asked him if I could take a picture with him and he asked "why?" I said "you' re a bodyguard right?" He was surprised I wanted his picture, but humbly took it with me. I hugged him in the picture and I was so happy just to see him I squeezed him around the waist, he was really nice.

Later on a boy came up to me and asked if I was waiting for Celine, he was also a fan. We started talking then the bodyguard came back talking on his cell phone, so I waited for him to finish and asked if there was anyway I could see Celine. I offered to stand if there wasn't enough seats but he said he couldn't get me in. I said "everything I see here I'm taking notes and it will be posted on a website (www.celinemaniacs.com) and that I am constantly promoting Celine". He said "give me your number and I will call you to get you tickets for this weeks show". I gave him my number and he asked me "you're the one with the perfume?" and I said "you remember me?" That was really cool. The boy that I had been talking to was bummed out that he did not go up with me when I talked to the bodyguard.

Preview ticket Waiting, waiting, and waiting around and my savior stands right in front of me I asked this lady if she had any extra tickets and she said "yes" and handed me THE TICKET, I gave her a great big hug. I was in after all of that, but you know it's all worth it when it comes to Celine. I got fifth row seating, smack dab in the middle and later found out I was in the same row and about 7 seats away from where Oprah would be sitting.

The show started at 2:15 and Celine started out singing LIVE "The Power Of Love." She wore a very sheer and see through outfit for this song. Her hair is short and it's not as bad as people think she looks good in person. She did a clothes change and later came back with a white shirt and black slacks. Celine moves more like a dancer now and doesn't where high heels or tight fitting clothes. She wears ballet shoes and dances a lot more. She went on to sing "Seduces Me" and she sat in a chair while all these male dancers with no shirts gathered around her trying to touch her, but couldn't because she's just untouchable like that.:) She told jokes after singing that song about how those guys looked good and that women need a chair like that. She dedicated the next song to René Charles! From what I know this song isn't on the new album but my guess of the title would be "If I Could." The dancers in this song came down on wires as little children on swings and a tree came from below the stage and grew. Celine said it takes a lot of water to keep a tree like that alive in a place like Las Vegas. She ended her performance with "I drove All Night". She danced really loosely in this song.

I can't remember what song this happened in, but two male dancers on wires walked across the stage in mid air pushing a piano as if they were on the floor, that was an interesting effect. The interview at the end was short because they said they had more footage from when they followed Celine around. Oprah said she was glad to have the name "women" because Celine is wonderful. Celine was truly touched and almost came to tears from the warm welcome she got from everyone and was truly happy to have been there.

Vocalists The show ended at 4:20 At the very end I met Celine's back up singers and piano player they all signed there autographs for me. They commented on my name and Elise hugged and kissed me on the cheek and said she would see me again. Hopefully this will be true. I did not get to see Celine personally this time, but I got Oprah's autograph!!

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Note: Celine's body guard is a man of his word he called my house 10 minutes before 2:00 to tell me he got me tickets into the Oprah show, my roommate told him I was already at the show!

["That's all.... This is Shalimar, Celine's Maniacs' reporter in Vegas!";
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