Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2009 | 1:48 p.m.
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Blonde bombshell Aubrey O’Day, the singer and dancer formerly with Danity Kane, arrived on the Strip last night ready to conquer as the new headliner of Peepshow at Planet Hollywood. Aubrey begins rehearsals today and will watch the production each night as she readies for her debut as Peep Diva on Sept. 21.
Aubrey drove across the desert on I-15 from her Los Angeles home in her car she wants to have here for getting around town. Aubrey admits that she piled high her six suitcases for her initial 90-day residency. You can check my real-time tweets yesterday for the photo of her luggage cart upon check-in at Planet Hollywood.
The sexy, erotic Playboy model who was the March cover girl was handpicked for Peepshow by its Broadway creator, director and choreographer Jerry Mitchell, who had recruited Aubrey for his Hairspray production in New York last year. She played the role of Amber Von Tussle in the Neil Simon Theater on the Great White Way before starring in this year’s comedy American High School with Nikki Ziering. Aubrey has been recording tracks in L.A. for a new album and has just released its first single, “Never Fallin.’ ”
Aubrey is a powerhouse, racking up credits for acting in numerous California and West Coast regional theater productions and for singing and dancing as the opening act of The Backstreet Boys in 2005, Black Eyed Peas in 2006 and Christina Aguilera in 2007 before headlining on her own Making the Band 2008 tour. Her film and TV appearances included the four seasons of MTV’s Making the Band.
Aubrey says she realized at age 6 that she wanted to be in theater. In 2004, she was discovered when Sean “P.Diddy” Combs launched Making the Band, and she became the breakout star. She was chosen to join Danity Kane as its first member, but it led to tension, sparks and furor between Aubrey and P.Diddy. Some insiders say it was all scripted for TV’s reality craze and a ratings ploy. She was allegedly fired after P.Diddy complained that she enjoyed flashing her breasts and exposing her cleavage, and once rubbing it against the arm of a TV personality.
When she was let go, with P.Diddy saying she’d let fame change her, Aubrey said, “It’s the end of a chapter in my life, but not the end of the book. I will do everything possible to make my mark, and Danity Kane and Diddy provided me with an amazing opportunity to go out and really touch people’s hearts.” Then in the April finale, she returned with three former members of the group, with Diddy saying if he ever reunited the group, Aubrey and the other four would return as Danity Kane!
After being picked by Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker as the face of his Famous Stars & Straps clothing line, she posed topless for men’s magazines and launched her own clothing line Heart on My Sleeve.
Meantime, Aubrey also made headlines with her sex life because she says Las Vegas-born porn princess Jenna Jameson is one of her best girlfriends. Aubrey admits that she enjoys watching porn, and although she’s been seen in the regular company of a girl rather than a guy, she has refused to confirm or deny speculation about her sexuality. Late-night TV host Chelsea Handler asked Aubrey about her sexual orientation and if she was lesbian, and she simply shrugged, “I don’t like to label myself. I want to find someone I’m passionate about and not limit myself to one segment of the population!”
I’ll be sure to ask Aubrey about all that and a whole lot more when I chat with her later this week, but, meantime, welcome to Vegas, and let the sparks start flying!
Said Aubrey: “I’ve finally begun unpacking! I love the view. Vegas is so sexy when you’re looking over it from a peaceful sky-rise with candles and the Isley Brothers playing in the background! At least I have the Ging (her dog Ginger) to cuddle with on my first night in the city of sin! My first day of rehearsal went well. They are throwing everything at me very quickly. … Thank gosh I memorize music and dance routines quickly.”
Aubrey had one suitcase filled with her photo frames to set up in her hotel room to make it warm, cozy and homey near her double bed, and her high-heeled shoes are all set out in a row in the closet. She’s even posted photos, complete with the bone-shaped dog food and water bowl of her new Las Vegas crib, on her blog at AubreyODay.com/wordpress/.
She added: “You’ve seen my Palm Springs crib, and you’ve seen pics of my Newport Beach crib. Now welcome to my Vegas crib! Hope you guys like my crib. I plan on doing a sleepover during my run in Peepshow … so stay tuned!
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground. Read more of Robin's stories at VegasDeLuxe.com.
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