Thursday, Dec. 23, 2010 | 2:36 p.m.
VegasDeLuxe.com reached its second anniversary last month, so we’ll take just a moment to wish ourselves a “Happy Birthday.” Esteemed Editor Don Chareunsy joins me in thanking all of you loyal readers for your support -- and especially to our contributing photographers who have provided us with so many exciting action photographs. Thanks also to all the nightclub and restaurant operators in town who not only follow us but also tip us off to all the celebrity visits and parties.
It’s been a memorable two years for VDLX, with some extraordinary exclusive stories, from Cirque du Soleil’s decision to go ahead with two Michael Jackson shows to the engagement of Steve Wynn and Andrea Hissom to tours of Criss Angel’s new castle home Serenity and his magic factory here in town -- and the list goes on and on.
Next year, as I celebrate my own 50th anniversary in celebrity journalism in print, on radio and television and now online with a growing audience from around the world, we promise to keep the excitement going 24/7. We’ve also got a lot of other surprise developments coming in 2011, and we’ll reveal those early in the New Year.
Sincere personal thanks again for all of your interest and friendships. WebsiteReport.org yesterday stated that we had daily views of 125,428 for our stories, with 1,237 Web sites linking to and running our content! We’re almost at the 13,000 mark of Twitter followers, and combined with our tweets from Don and VDLX, we’re well over 20,000! Our daily reports are featured on LasVegasWeekly.com and LasVegasSun.com and in the weekly Las Vegas magazine, and the news of Las Vegas goes globally every day via Google pickups with a monthly readership in excess of 2 million.
We’ll keep growing, and you can rest assured that we’ll bring you the best entertainment stories and exclusives first, fast and furious. “It’s an honor to work alongside the hardest-working journalist I’ve ever known, and I like that Robin always keeps it classy,” Don told me. “Here’s to celebrating more celebrity journalism and entertainment in 2011!”
*Another star steps forward in the spirit of the season. Entertainer Rich Little and his family plan to be at the Las Vegas Rescue Mission this early evening to donate sleeping bags, blankets, coats and socks to the men, women and children there. It’s the second consecutive year that the celebrity impressionist legend has donated items to help the homeless. Rich is donating more than 100 sleeping bags, 400 blankets, 300 jackets and 700 pairs of socks.
*If you’ve been wondering about the sea of orange and the increased number of people dressed in Elvis outfits the past few days, wonder no more. The annual Las Vegas Classic is underway at The Orleans, while at last night’s MAACO Bowl, Boise State fans erupted in their 26-3 win over Utah. Contributing photographer Darrin Bush of Las Vegas News Bureau was courtside to capture Boise’s winning action led by quarterback Kellen Moore, who won the MVP Trophy.
*The Professional Bull Riders didn’t miss a beat when the rival National Finals Rodeo came to town. They boldly, maybe even brazenly, used their NFR event for 10 days to promote their own PBR 2011 festivities slated for Oct 26-30. The PBR brought in some of their own world champions for meets-and-greets, and rodeo clown Flint Rasmussen even joined in the edgy promotion. PBR set up a booth in the Country Christmas convention in the Sands Expo convention center to feature Chris Shivers and former UNLV student turned country star Justin McBride. Now that’s healthy competition!
Jersey Shore hunk Ronnie Ortiz-Magro decided on a pre-Christmas visit to Moon at the Palms. The MTV reality TV star happily posed for photos with friends and fans as he began his holiday weekend here. Actress Ashley Benson continued her two nights of 21st birthday celebrations at Lavo in the Palazzo. Corey Harrison from The History Channel hit Pawn Stars dined at N9NE Steakhouse in the Palms with a group of friends. Legendary sportscaster Brent Musburger dined at Lagasse’s Stadium in the Palazzo.
Andy Williams’ two-night Christmas Show begins at the Las Vegas Hilton. And Opportunity Village plans to reopen its Magical Forest if the rain stays away. Please support them. They desperately need your help as a result of the waterlogged misery that cut into so much of its annual fundraising.
We’ll have a full photo gallery of Andy and his family celebrating the holiday spirit at the Hilton, plus our slimmed-down and trimmed-down rundown of the Christmas celebrity weekend forecast and the eagerly awaited holiday greetings photo gallery with the topless girls of X Burlesque at the Flamingo.
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