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Wednesday
Jul242013

Celine Dion Needs Brother to Help Her Remember Lyrics, Claims Concert Exec

CelineDion.comCeline Dion's first language is French, so maybe it's understandable that she'd have trouble remembering the lyrics to her English-language hits.  But an executive involved with the production of her first Las Vegas show now claims that the singer goes to extraordinary lengths in order to be able to sing her songs properly in concert.

The Los Angeles Times reports that, while testifying in the Michael Jackson wrongful death case on Tuesday, Paul Meglen, an executive for concert promoters AEG Live, was asked about artists using TelePrompters onstage.  In answering the question, Meglen revealed that Celine "hates to practice" and nearly gave the director of her first Vegas show, A New Day, "a nervous breakdown" because she "wouldn't show up for rehearsals."

But when it came to using a TelePrompter to remember her lyrics, Meglen says, Celine went one step further.  According to the Times, he told the jury that Celine's brother recites the lyrics of her songs to her through an earpiece while she performs every night.

As for why Meglen was privy to this information, AEG Live promoted A New Day, in addition to Michael Jackson's planned series of concerts -- which was, of course, canceled following his death.

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