Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012 | 10:26 a.m.
Viewers of “Dancing With the Stars” on Tuesday night weren’t just stunned by the unexpected double elimination of racecar driver Helio Castroneves and singer Drew Lachey of 98 Degrees fame. It was the dazzling double performance from Stratosphere headliner Frankie Moreno that really wowed, and critics promptly labeled it “the sparkly gem of the night.”
Our Editor at Large John Katsilometes was at the Hollywood studios for the thrilling performance by crooner Frankie, who performed “Tangerine Honey” and Jerry Lee Lewis’ “Real Wild Child” as pro dancer Lacey Schwimmer and actor Kyle Massey, both of whom starred in “Dancing With the Stars: Live in Vegas” at the Tropicana, danced to the songs. Our Luxor headliner comedian Carrot Top flew to the studios to root on his pal Frankie.
Check out John’s report of the L.A. adventures, which included a well-deserved congratulations to Frankie from host Tom Bergeron. TV executives were so bowled over by Frankie that they gave him the piano made for his ABC production numbers to be on the main stage at his Stratosphere show.
Millions of viewers tuned in for the results show, which continues to be one of ABC’s top-rated programs, and it guarantees national exposure and recognition for our Stratosphere headliner singer and musician. Last night, he excelled playing backwards and also sliding atop the piano! The audience was reeling from his stand-up, stand-out performance -- even more so than the results.
Once again, Bristol Palin proved another surprise of the night. She went into the results show with the lowest judges scoring, but TV viewer voting saved her and instead voted off two champions. A clearly disappointed Season 2 winner Drew with partner Anna Trebunskaya was chopped. Helio with Las Vegas-born professional Chelsie Hightower danced the quickstep but tripped over his partner’s gown. The Season 5 champion says he’ll return to racing, and he’s taking Chelsie to this year’s Indy 500.
Next week with Paula Abdul as a guest judge, the remaining stars have chosen the dance genres for their competitors. Bristol and partner Mark Ballas will dance a rock and roll number. Actress Kirstie Alley slumped to the floor near partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy when told actress Sabrina Bryan and Louis Van Amstel wanted them to dance the Charleston.
Meantime, our debut “Peepshow” performer and Season 1 champion Kelly Monaco with partner Val Chmerkovskiy will dance a contemporary number chosen by NFL legend Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke.
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.
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It is virtually impossible to be anywhere in Las Vegas and miss the Stratosphere. It towers 1,149 feet above Las Vegas and is the tallest observation tower in the United States. The casino itself is 55,784 square feet and contains 950 slot machines, 120 game tables and 2,427 hotel rooms.
Of the hotel's 2,427 rooms, 909 were recently remodeled into Stratosphere Select rooms.
The Stratosphere is mostly known for its rides at the top of the tower. The Big Shot, located at the 113th floor, torpedoes riders up 160 feet using compressed air. X-Scream is a teeter-totter perched at the top of the observation deck — if that wasn't scary enough, the coaster arm flings the riders out 27 feet over the edge of the tower. Guests looking for something more sedate can just hang around the 107th floor and simply look at the scenery.