Thursday, April 25, 2013 | 5:32 p.m.
It was sizzling hot and seductively sexy. The seven “X Burlesque” beauties teased and tantalized their three-year contract renewal at Wednesday night’s 11th anniversary celebration at the Flamingo. They also threw a party to coincide with the first anniversary of their Mexican restaurant neighbor Carlos ’n’ Charlie’s.
Temperatures soared as the glamour girls stripped down to suspenders and stockings writhing on the stripper pole in body contortions that left nothing to the imagination. Tough assignment, but contributing photographer Tom Donoghue managed to keep his lens from steaming up to capture the provocative poses and ribald routines.
OFFICIAL OPENING: The much-anticipated Hakkasan Las Vegas restaurant at MGM Grand gets its first VIPs tonight for a preview in advance of chef Ho Chee Boon’s Cantonese menu opening to the public May 3, although reservations are available now. MGM Grand President Scott Sibella told me that he has sampled every dish, and there were just too many favorites to pick one. But he admitted that the roasted silver cod with champagne and Chinese honey sauce slightly beat the black truffle roasted duck and Peking duck with caviar. I shall try all three tonight and, tough as it might be, will pick one. Said Scott: “The food here is incredible, and the reputation holds its own.”
The MGM head honcho also told me that the now-closed Tabu Ultra Lounge will become a 24-hour gaming lounge with blackjack tables. “We’ve spent $165 million renovating the rooms and suites; now with the addition of Hakkasan, we really are the home of entertainment, and we deliver that with great restaurants and lounges. We top it off with great service, and with our numbers, we can be as big as anyone on the Strip. Next up: More lounges and mid-level restaurants for the crowd that wants fun, entertaining, small plates, and with Hakkasan partygoers some very hip breakfast joints for five in the morning. We are no longer a dormitory. We are a one-shop property now with everything anybody needs without going anywhere else. “
CONGRATULATIONS: Singer, comedian and celebrity impressionist Terry Fator celebrated an incredible milestone Wednesday night as he welcomed the 1 millionth guest to his “Voice of Entertainment” headliner show at The Mirage. Audience members were given gift bags with Terry and The Mirage’s branded souvenirs. Terry has signed a new deal keeping him at The Mirage through 2016, which means he may well be celebrating a 2 millionth visitor.
PENN’S NEXT CHALLENGE: There are six stars remaining on Donald Trump’s “All-Star Celebrity Apprentice,” and our Rio headliner Penn Jillette, who has won $80,000 for our beloved Opportunity Village, is still competing. Sunday night, comedienne Joan Rivers is the guest judge. Penn’s team has to write, produce and direct a video demonstration for a new Smart Home Entertainment System. Check back Monday for results.
“Family Feud” host John O’Hurley dined at Andiamo Italian Steakhouse in The D Hotel on Wednesday night.
Jeremih hosted and performed at Pure in Caesars Palace on Tuesday night. His mini concert began at nearly 2 a.m., and he partied until the early hours.
Original Beach Boys member Mike Love and wife Jacqueline celebrated their 19th anniversary in Las Vegas and had lunch at Sammy Hagar’s Cabo Wabo Cantina, returning later to the Strip-side patio to listen to the band.
Three stars went car shopping, and each wound up with models from Towbin Automotive. Snoop Lion, in a Chicago Bulls jersey and Adidas sweat suit, test-drove several cars before buying. WWE athlete Ryback bought a new Ram pickup, and Animal Planet reality TV star Wayde King from “Tanked” bought a Chrysler 300, which he says will be featured in an upcoming episode.
Trey Songz performs at Haze in Aria.
Aloe Blacc is at Boulevard Pool in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
“Disney on Ice Presents Treasure Trove” is at the Thomas & Mack Center.
Australian guitarist Orianthi performs at Vinyl in the Hard Rock Hotel.
It’s another star-studded weekend with Prince, Zac Brown Band, Siegfried & Roy, Holly Madison, Robert De Niro, Nobu Matsuhisa, David Blaine and Ed Sheeran.
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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