Celine Dion talks about ‘risky’ career move ahead of Las Vegas return

For the past few months, Celine Dion has been hard at work preparing to make her Las Vegas comeback while supporting husband René Angélil as he undergoes cancer treatment. Although challenging, the superstar is excited about returning to her Celine show at Caesar’s Palace on August 27, and recently sat down with NBC Nightly News to reflect on her ‘risky’ move to set up shop in Vegas back in 2003. “You take chances and you go for it,” she told journalist Joe Fryer. “I’m more than glad that we did it.”

Prior to the launch of her first show, A New Day, Celine admits that there was a lot of negative reaction surrounding her “career ending” decision. “A lot of people, especially in the industry, they thought it was a very high risk,” says Celine, whose show has generated more than $500 million in sales over the past 12 years. The Canadian superstar has also been credited with paving the way for a wide range of world-class performers who have since rolled their acts onto The Strip for both short- and long-term residencies.

Shania Twainjust wrapped up a two-year stay and Jennifer Lopez will make her debut in January. Also, pop princess Britney Spearshas called Planet Hollywood home for almost two years, while Mariah Carey is currently dazzling audiences with her Mariah: #1 to Infinity show at Celine’s homestead in Caesar’s Palace.

Elton John, Cher and Donny and Marie Osmond have also enjoyed successful runs in Sin City, but Celine says their success is a tribute to their talent and not to her setting a new standard in Vegas entertainment. “I don’t want to say I’m responsible for any of those wonderful things,” said Celine, adding, “But, I’m very happy.”

Celine's husband, René Angélil, wants nothing more than to see his wife perform again. Photo: © Getty Images

Another person that is extremely happy about Celine’s achievements is her husband René. “It was his wish that I come back,” revealed Celine in a statement following news of her return to the stage. “While my family will always be my priority, my fans are just as important to me. I look forward to performing again and having René there with me.

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