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Pavarotti faked finale

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April 8, 2008

Luciano Pavarotti, in severe pain months before his cancer diagnosis, lip-synched his last performance, according to the maestro who conducted the aria at the opening ceremony of the Turin Olympics. The late tenor's manager said yesterday the bitter cold made a live performance impossible at the 2006 Winter Games. "The orchestra pretended to play for the public there, I pretended to conduct and Luciano pretended to sing," the conductor, Leone Magiera, writes in "Pavarotti Visto Da Vicino" ("Pavarotti Seen From Close Up"). "It came off beautifully, no one was aware of the technical tricks." (AP)

A key for Madonna?
A Michigan city that more than two decades ago declined to honor Madonna with a key to the city wants the singer to give it a second chance. Bay City Mayor Charles M. Brunner has written a letter inviting Madonna, who grew up in Bay City and the Detroit suburb of Rochester Hills, to accept a key to the city, The Bay City Times reported. Madonna was considered for the honor in 1985, but some thought she was too risque, the newspaper said. It also said the city in the late 1980s refused to accept a sculpture of Madonna from an Italian artist, citing a belief that her popularity would fade in time. (AP)

Careers in harmony
Melanie Brown and Joey Fatone have a new role to add to their scarily similar resumes: TLC host. The Spice Girl and former 'N Sync member will cohost "The Singing Office," a tongue-in-cheek singing competition that pits groups of employees against each other. Both Brown and Fatone were members of chart-topping pop quintets; both finished in second place on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars"; and both have starred in "Rent" on Broadway. (AP)

A giving 'Idol'
"American Idol" - and just about everyone else in Hollywood - were in a very giving mood. "Idol Gives Back," the Fox singing competition's charity event, was taped Sunday night at the Kodak Theatre and is scheduled to air tomorrow. The star-studded gala kicked off with "Idol" finalists performing Rihanna's "Don't Stop the Music," while performers from "So You Think You Can Dance" twirled in the background. "Idol" host Ryan Seacrest served as master of ceremonies of the event, which featured several live musical performances and celebrity appearances by Billy Crystal, Robin Williams, Peyton and Eli Manning, Jimmy Kimmel, Sarah Silverman, Reese Witherspoon, and Brad Pitt. (AP)

Mr. Mom
"I don't think mothers are only female. I think mothering is a quality, a character trait. Mothering is about responsibility. There are plenty of men who are great, great mothers." - Sally Field, making very little sense in Ladies' Home Journal.

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