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‘Price Is Right’ announcer came on down

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The Price Is Right announcer George Gray rested his voice for a few days last week to mix business with pleasure.

The Missouri-born, Arizona-raised entertainer flew into Fort Lauderdale from Los Angeles to see how the other coast lives.

The motorcycle enthusiast’s plans included “hopping on a Harley and cruising by the amazing Art Deco buildings in South Beach.”

But since Gray’s job isn’t exactly digging ditches, he doesn’t have trouble with the reentry process like many worker bees do after a break.

The former host of The Weakest Link and Junkyard Wars calls his TV gig “a hoot.”

“We make people’s dreams come true, then rinse and repeat,” says Gray of the longtime game show now helmed by Drew Carey. “It never feels like a job.”

Right. In what other workplace would you witness people scream, jump up and down and get hysterical — and that’s a good thing?

Memories? Gray has a few.

“I will always remember the show when a woman lost her footing and flew head first towards my crotch, knocking us both down,” he recounts of the painful January incident. “I've never seen Drew laugh so hard! If you're bored, it's definitely worth looking up on YouTube.”

In all seriousness, if you want to go on The Price Is Right, his advice is fairly simple:

“Watch the show as much as possible before you get there,” Gray says. “It's amazing how many little hints you’ll pick up.”

SOSA’S BLOWOUT

Retired baseball star Sammy Sosa had quite the fiesta Saturday night at the Fontainebleau’s Glimmer ballroom. Guests, decked out to the nines, sipped on bottomless glasses of champagne while being entertained by the likes of reggaeton star Wisin, aka Juan Luis Morera, and merengue/bachata great Hector Acosta, who hails from Sosa’s home country of the Dominican Republic. Chris Brown, who recently teamed up with fashion designer Ron Bass for a wall mural outside the House of Wings restaurant in Overtown, was the rumored guest star at the bash that lasted until the wee hours of Sunday. But it turned out to be only a rumor.

MORNING GLORY

Check into the Today show Thursday morning to see a few familiar faces. The talented crew from South Florida's Cirque Dreams will perform for the likes of Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie and a whole bunch of New Yorkers live from Rockefeller Plaza starting at 8 a.m.

TALENT SEARCH

Oye, so you want to be in a boy band. Here’s a great place to start: The search is on for Univision’s music-based reality-competition show La Banda, co-developed by Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment. The grand prize: a recording contract with Sony Music Latin.

“I’m very excited about this show,” Cowell said in a statement. “There is a huge amount of talent out there and La Banda is going to give five guys the opportunity of a lifetime.”

Go to www.LaBandaoficial.com and upload pictures, videos or music files. By registering online, selected contestants will receive a “golden ticket” that will allow them to participate in a private audition. Guys, you must be 14 and over.

MADELEINE MARR

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