Wednesday, June 5, 2013 | 6 p.m.
He’s come a long way, baby.
TV viewers knew actor Ian Ziering as Steve Sanders in “Beverly Hills, 90210” in the 1990s. Starting Thursday and through June 30, bachelorettes and fans will know Ziering as a celebrity guest host in Chippendales at The Rio.
Our Robin Leach interviewed Ziering last month shortly after the Chippendales gig was announced, and Las Vegas Magazine writer Kiko Miyasato’s Q+A with him is out Sunday.
Ziering, who will appear in the adult male revue Thursdays through Sundays (Chippendales, however, is nightly) is not the first celebrity to guest star in the show. He is the oldest at 49 — and, hot damn, he looks good.
Here are five other hunks who have guest starred in Chippendales (you have to be a hunk to be a guest star in Chippendales) — Jeff Timmons, Jake Pavelka and Joey Lawrence had extended runs in the show. Warning: They are shirtless.
Guest-starring date: February 2011
Claim to fame: Star of MTV’s “Jersey Shore,” which is no longer on the air, reality TV stud Ronnie Ortiz-Magro is the epitome of Gym, Tan, Laundry. He’s sexy, and he knows it.
Guest-starring date: May 2011
Claim to fame: The founder of 98 Degrees and on tour with the boyband this summer, singer Jeff Timmons now lives in Las Vegas and is one of our favorite red carpet stars because he is always friendly and nice.
Guest-starring date: January 2012
Claim to fame: BMX heartthrob and reality TV star Ricardo Laguna also is a Las Vegas red carpet regular — and also always friendly and ready with a smile.
Guest-starring date: February 2012
Claim to fame: Pilot, model and triathlete Jake Pavelka starred in Season 14 of “The Bachelor” and competed in Season 10 of “Dancing With the Stars.”
Guest-starring date: June 2012
Claim to fame: TV host, singer and actor Joey Lawrence, who broke out with “Gimme a Break!” in the 1980s, followed by “Blossom” in the 1990s, recently hosted ABC’s reality TV diving competition “Splash.”
Don Chareunsy is editor of Vegas DeLuxe and senior editor for arts and entertainment of the Las Vegas Sun.
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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Carnival lasts all year at the Rio. With a float occasionally passing overhead and dropping beads while feathered dancers fire up the gamblers below, the Rio tries to keep its 120,000-square foot casino jumping with excitement. Special Brazilian mixed-drinks are also served throughout the casino. The hotel suites tend to be larger than similar priced rooms on the Strip and many offer excellent views with floor to ceiling windows.
The Rio offers some quality shows like "Penn & Teller" and "Chippendales." Many come to the Rio for the nightlife at the VooDoo Lounge, located on the 51st floor, or McFadden's Irish Pub on the casino level.
Others come for a bit relaxation at the Rio Spa or pool area and still others come to shop at the hotel's 60,000 square feet of shops. In each of these endeavors, the Rio attempts to make the experience a bit more fun and spontaneous.
The Rio also offers guests a variety of dining choices from all-American food at the All-American Bar & Grille to Gaylord India Restaurant for something a little spicier and even Carnival World Buffet for the indecisive.