Suffering from frayed vocal cords and caring for a cancer-stricken husband, Grammy-winner Celine Dion is taking a hiatus from show business, including her long-running, self-titled show at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace (which was built for her). As it is now, Elton John and Shania Twain fill in the nearly 4,300 seats at the Colosseum when Celine is on vacation, but who can take over indefinitely? Legends like Bette Midler, Cher, and Rod Stewart have also played residencies at Vegas's most famous venue, which underscores how selective Caesars is about who they book. Thinking about who can draw the crowds, and who we actually want to see perform, we chose 11 artists and groups who could seamlessly fill in for Celine:
Extremely talented and well-liked, Justin has mass appeal that would work well for the Colosseum. He's young enough to withstand the punishing schedule and wouldn't phone it in, like some others with residencies are known to do. His movie career isn't exactly through the roof, so he might be smart to place all his bets on his music and dancing.
Caveat: Timberlake may think he's too young, or too big, for Vegas.
TLC (with Left-Eye hologram)
This girl-group will forever hold a special place in the hearts of Gen Xers, and a VH1 movie about their rise brought their story to millenials. Though they are missing their most charismatic member — Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, who died in a tragic 2002 car crash — the other members have enough sass and hits to sustain a show, especially with that hologram special effect everyone's using these days.
Caveat: T-Boz has suffered from health problems and TLC, without Left Eye, might not be able to fill the Colosseum night after night.