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Hit-man David Foster hosts superstars, surprises for his PBS concert

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David Foster on the Andre Agassi Grand Slam red carpet at the Wynn on Oct. 9, 2010.

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Seal on Season 11 and Week 2 of ABC's Dancing With the Stars on Sept. 28, 2010.

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Michael Bolton performs at Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis at Caesars Palace on June 19, 2010.

Every star in the pop music business hails him as “the musical genius.” They call David Foster the “Hit-man With the Midas Touch.” He’ll prove it once again tonight at Mandalay Bay Events Center with one extraordinary concert.

David helped send Celine Dion, Michael Buble and Josh Groban to the top of the charts. He’s a man of many hats: a singer in his own right, songwriter, arranger, producer, pianist and conductor who has worked with everybody from Rod Stewart to Michael Jackson, from Cher to Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston to Diana Ross, plus the queen herself, Barbra Streisand.

He’s probably got the best iPhone list of private celebrity numbers of anybody in the world that includes his recording artists Andrea Bocelli in Italy and Charice in the Philippines. Now he’s assembled one of the most mind-blowing lineups of music talent for this evening’s David Foster & Friends, which is being taped for broadcast by PBS as a two-hour Great Performances.

It stars Las Vegas birthday boy Ne-Yo with Seal, Martina McBride, Donna Summer, Chaka Khan, Natalie Cole, Charice, Kenny Loggins, Michael Bolton, Earth Wind and Fire and Ruben Studdard. The show also will be recorded for a CD/DVD for a spring release on Reprise Records.

What always makes a David Foster show special are the last-minute surprises that he magically produces out of thin air. Last year, Paul Anka and Donny Osmond turned up unexpectedly and sang “Puppy Love” together. There have been heavy rumors of three surprises tonight, and, fingers crossed, one involves 10-year-old Jackie Evancho from America’s Got Talent.

David has been nominated for an unprecedented 45 Grammys, winning 15. He has won two Emmys and received an Oscar nod. He’s hoping that today’s rehearsals give Donna, Chaka and Natalie time to rehearse one song as a trio, but if their arrival times in Las Vegas are delayed, he pledges at least a disco duet with Donna and Seal.

We’ll be front row and stage center with David’s family to watch and report the concert of the year, and we’ll have our photo galleries right here at Vegas DeLuxe tomorrow from photographer Tom Donoghue from rehearsals and backstage candids to all the official performance shots from curtain up to the grand finale.

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