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Celebrities of CES 2012: The Stars are Coming


If the product isn?t enough to get your attention, perhaps the celebrity who was hired to hawk it will draw you into the presentation. After all, it?s Las Vegas where glitz, glamour, and fame shine brightest.

The Cast of NCIS will be making an appearance at Boomdizzle NetworksWhat?s your preference? Basketball? Cooking? TV personalities? Music? Fitness? There is something for everyone at CES 2012. Here?s a sampling.

This writer must admit that I?d go to see LL Cool J no matter what product he was aligned with. The rap performer who currently stars on the TV series NCIS Los Angeles is the co-founder and creative director of Boomdizzle Networks. Boomdizzle is out to change how music is recorded, distributed, and shared around the world. At, up and coming artists can release original recordings, remix and reproduce their favorite tracks, distribute music to an online community, and interact with other artists.

Video chatting will be represented by basketball rebounding champ and fashion extremist, Dennis Rodman. Paltalk suits his outgoing personality which has garnered him headlines off the court as well as on. You can download it for free.

Robert Horrey, a commentator on ESPN, brought home seven NBA championships while playing for the Houston Rockets, LA Lakers and San Antonio Spurs. He?ll be on hand to applaud Haier America, a company that is the Official HDTV of the NBA. They also support of National Parks Conservation Association. Also on stage for Haier, Allison Fishman who shows women how to lose weight and keep it off by improving their cooking skills. She co-hosts Lifetime’s Cook Yourself Thin.

Basketball seems to be the drawing card this season. Our third celebrity, John Salley, took away four NBA championships while on three different teams, the Pistons, Bulls, and Lakers. He’s been in films and co-hosted "The Best Damn Sports Show Period" on Fox Sports Net. He is one of several names appearing for Haier America.

Recording artist, composer, producer, performer and founder of Wizdom Music, Jordan Rudess will demonstrate Sample Wiz and Geo Synthesizer by connecting his iPad to his musical gear with iConnectMIDI. Among his many collaborations, he has recorded with David Bowie and toured with Jan Hammer. From classical piano to synthesizers, this Juilliard trained musician?s demo is sure to entertain

Model?s business card shows her social networking connections

Model?s business card shows her social networking connections

What show would be complete without slim, athletic models?  Jillian Michaels, the motivating force on The Biggest Loser will be a speaker at the Sports and Fitness Tech Zone. Miss Jamie Michelle who has modeled for Hustler Apparel will be on hand for Powerbass USA audio products.

iHip pulled out all the stops and is bringing three knockouts into their arena starting with reality TV personality Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, comes off of Jersey Shores to promote iHip audio accessories from Zeikos including NFL, Marvel Comics and Nascar logo earphones. You can also catch Carl Banks, a two time Super Bowl Champion linebacker with 39.5 quarterback sacks to his credit. You can also hear him on Sirius NFL Radio. Jose "Hyde" Cotto famous for being a Multi-Platinum Producer/Engineer & Pioneer in urban music worldwide is scheduled to make an appearance.

SMS Audio?s CEO, Curtis James Jackson III, better known as the rapper and actor 50 Cent will be in attendance to emphasize his Sync by 50 wireless headphone and Street by 50 wired headphone. You can catch a preview of 50 Cent hawking his wares in the video above.

Qualcomm will be kicking… well you know… with Alistair Overeem, the only fighter in combat sports to hold a world title in both MMA and K-1 kickboxing at the same time. Overeem will be advertising Snapdragon GameCommand and showing "Fight Game Heroes" from Khaeon Gamestudio fighting head-to-head battles with real MMA fighters.

From serious combat to light hearted comedy, you?ll find it all at CES. Comedian Wayne Brady from Whose Line Is It will be adding humor to OnStar?s tweeting sessions.

Spinning top girl will present well, a spinning top

The winner of Guinness World Record for longest-running mechanical spinning top
will partner with Justin Bieber to showcase the robotics company

Rounding out the list is the teenager who sets hearts spinning, Justin Bieber will be with Tosy Robotics JSC whose spinning top won a Guinness World?s record. The Vietnamese company known for toys, service and industrial robots wants to make robots available everywhere, change lifestyles and help save lives during times of disaster. Scheduled to appear from 1-3 p.m. on Wednesday, January 11 in the Robotics Tech Zone, Bieber will help them unveil their latest product.

Whether you are going for the celebs or the technology, CES 2012 should be exciting.