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Bette Midler to Replace Celine Dion as Headliner at Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas

Bette Midler will replace Celine Dion as headliner at Caesar's Palace Hotel-Casino in Las Vegas.

Famed for her bawdy stage routine, the 61-year-old Midler reportedly agreed to a two-year run of 100 shows per year.

Her five-night-a-week performances begin February 20.

Replacing Celine Dion is no mean feat: since inaugurating her show, "A New Day," in March 2003, the French-Canadian singer has grossed more than $500 million. She will give her final performance December 15.

Sharing space in the 4,100-seat, $95 million Colosseum is Elton John, who will continue his 50 show-per-year schedule through 2008.

Booking agent John Meglen says the new performance schedule leaves room for a probable third headliner. He would not comment on who it may be, although entertainment insiders have mentioned Cher as a likely candidate.