The Maynard Triplets: Could it
Barry Manilow is joining
the likes of Elton John and Celine Dion, preparing
for his huge opening night at the Las Vegas Hilton,
and he gave "Extra's" Terri Seymour
a backstage tour.
"I really didn't know it was going to be
one of the most anticipated shows in Vegas,"
the modest Manilow admitted. "It's an honor
to be on the same street as Elton and Celine and
have my own room at the Hilton."
Barry's final dress rehearsal was in front of
a packed house that included none other than Diane
Sawyer, who actually joined Barry on stage for
a surprise duet.
And Diane wasn't the only surprise for Mr. Manilow
-- we introduced him to the Maynard triplets,
the adorable "American Idol" sisters
that "Extra" adopted, brought to Hollywood
and began grooming for stardom after Simon Cowell
called them "overweight Jessica Simpsons"
But Simon's comments are a distant memory for
the sisters, who were thrilled to meet their idol.
"I don't think we'd be singing today if not
for you," the sisters told Barry. "You
"And I'm so glad I've had a positive impact
on your life," Manilow told them.
But Barry had more than just an impact on the
Maynard sisters. In fact, two of the sisters were
named after Manilow tunes. They also showed the
legendary singer a snapshot of their mother singing
with Manilow 20 years ago, and then they serenaded
Barry with one of his own songs.
And that's when the unthinkable happened: a knocked-out
Barry asked the girls, "Would you just come
back and just do that for this crowd? You will
blow them away."
That's right, the sisters were invited to be Barry's
opening act for a night!
Needless to say, the girls were almost lost for
words. "I'm still in shock," one admitted.
"I tried as hard as I could not to cry, but
we all cried," another said.
Stay tuned to "Extra" as we continue
to follow the Maynard triplets' road to stardom.
Next week… the return of Simon.