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Strip Scribbles: Britney Spears’ yoga workouts get her fit for Las Vegas shows

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Britney Spears and Ryan Seacrest introduce a musical group during the 2012 iHeart Radio Music Festival at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Friday, Sept. 21, 2012.

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Britney Spears on the cover of Shape.

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A rendering of Linq.

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David King, center, CEO of Spirit Productions, poses with dancers from his third show in Las Vegas at the New York-New York called "Shades of Temptation."

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Pop princess Britney Spears promises that her new Las Vegas show, hopefully starting in November, will be “one nonstop party.” The 31-year-old superstar entertainer also revealed that she’s in serious training with tough two-hour, three-day-a-week yoga workouts to get fighting fit for the Planet Hollywood theater engagement.

As she prepares for her two-year residency of alternating weekends at PH Live, Britney says that she’s never been in better shape — and proved it with a hot, super-sexy white strappy bikini for the cover shot of the new issue of Shape released this weekend. Shape headlines her cover with “Britney at Her Best: Firm and Fabulous” and says she’ll inspire thousands of women with her body shape after having two sons.

Britney also revealed the first hint of what’s to come with the Las Vegas shows: “It will be a massive party from start to finish. The performances won’t be simple, and to pull this off, I have to be in top condition and running at full speed.”

While Britney plans the shows, she also has to finish her eighth studio album, which Las Vegas regular Will.I.Am of The Black Eyed Peas is producing. It may be another two months now before Caesars Entertainment hosts a “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” party for Britney unveiling the show details and when tickets will simultaneously go on sale.

THE LINQ: It was impossible to bring in a 550-foot-tall High Roller observation wheel to give 2013 Vegas Uncork’d fans a taste of what’s to come at The Linq, but Caesars Entertainment General Manager Jon Gray did preview some of the $550-million entertainment district’s dining at the Grand Tasting at Garden of the Gods on Friday night. Contributing photographer Denise Truscello has faithfully captured each day’s construction progress, and Caesars officials tell me they’ll have a time-lapse gallery made for display at the November grand opening.

The 200,000-square-foot venue is located on 8 acres between The Quad and Flamingo. Jon and I will fly to New York in early September for a tour of Brooklyn Bowl, which is coming to The Linq. The restaurant, bar, bowling center and concert hall will be twice the size — almost 80,000 square feet — of its New York parent, and Jon says it will present live shows every day of the week for 2,000 music fans.

QUICK NOTES

British theatrical producer David King, who has three shows at New York-New York, hopes to bring a fourth, “Bohemian Rhapsody,” to the Strip after its hot U.K. debut.

Caesars Palace President Gary Selesner is fulfilling a bucket list item of exploring lower parts of Mount Everest on both sides in Tibet and Nepal, where he’ll stay in a monastery before the hike upward to Base Camp 1.

Congrats to the always savagely funny Andrew Dice Clay on the renewal of his residency at Vinyl in The Hard Rock Hotel through September.

The Venetian and Palazzo star chef Emeril Lagasse is co-host all week long with Rachael Ray on her TV talk show, and his first guest was my pal Liza Minnelli, making her first visit to Rachael’s talker.

Our food bank Three Square has begun filming PSAs for its Bag Childhood Hunger campaign airing in June with Andre Agassi, Stefanie Graf, Josh “Chopper” Towbin, Ricardo Laguna and star chefs Rick Moonen, Bobby Flay, Gordon Ramsay and Megan Romano.

STAR SURVEILLANCE

“The Hangover Part III” stars Bradley Cooper and Ken Jeong attended Sir Elton John’s “Million Dollar Piano” at Caesars.

Shania Twain, who takes over for Elton at The Colosseum on Tuesday, flew in Sunday for her next run of shows, and her first stop was for tomato soup and butter lettuce salad at Wolfgang Puck Pizzeria & Cucina at Crystals in CityCenter.

Former French President Nicholas Sarkozy dined at the kitchen table of Restaurant Guy Savoy at Caesars.

Oscar-winning actor Al Pacino attended the SALT conference in Bellagio along with Karl Rove and former Sen. Scott Brown and former Rep. Barney Frank, both from Massachusetts.

Singer and actress Vanessa Hudgens was at Wolf’s Bar & Grill in MGM Grand, also where actor Kelsey Grammar turned up not once but twice on the same day. He stopped in Sunday for a quick lunch and returned later for chicken wings.

NBA legend Karl Malone, former power forward for the Utah Jazz and the Los Angeles Lakers, was at Exotics Racing and Pole Position Raceway over the weekend.

Actress Meagan Good and friends enjoyed ravioli purses and traditional meatballs at Rao’s in Caesars.

Tropicana headliner magician Murray Sawchuck filmed the last episode of “What Not to Wear” at Palazzo over the weekend, ending its 10-year run on TLC.

TONIGHT’S TIPS

We bid a fond farewell to actor Kevin Burke, who turns over his spear after a 10-year run in the one-man “Defending the Caveman” at Harrah’s. There will be a ceremonial passing of the spear to his successor Chris Allen as Kevin departs to perform select engagements in the National Broadway tour.

Alonzo Bodden and Tim O’Rourke are the headliners at Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club at MGM Grand.

And Cabanas for a Cause is at Palms Pool.

TOMORROW’S TEASE

“Believe” magician Criss Angel talks about his escape from the falling swords and an even more dangerous blindfolded stunt 50 feet up in the air balanced on two swinging steel I-beams he has planned for this week. And we have exclusive details of a new topless burlesque show headed to the Strip, plus, an inside look at the “Centerfolds of Magic” intrigue at Plaza.

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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