Wednesday, April 9, 2014 | 4:04 p.m.
Strong ratings for Spike’s “Ink Master” with Las Vegas regular and rocker host Dave Navarro have won an expanded Season 5 for the reality-TV tattoo competition. The new season debuting this fall will increase to 16 one-hour episodes.
On Tuesday night’s episode, one of our two Las Vegas artists was eliminated. King Ruck was one of two artists sent home, but artist Walter “Sausage” Frank from Club Tattoo at Miracle Mile Shops in Planet Hollywood passed the two challenges of using lettering with an embedded image similar to graffiti and designing a tattoo on top of another tattoo, erasing the original with the new application.
Seventeen artists started out in February, and eight remain for the $100,000 grand prize with just six episodes to go. Next Tuesday, Sausage winds up with a human canvas from hell for a combative challenge over a terrifying tattoo.
* The music of ’N Sync should have been a clue, but the tourists onboard a Hollywood movie studio tour didn’t recognize the older man in their group. On Tuesday night’s new Oxygen series “Celebrities Undercover,” the unsuspecting riders weren’t even shocked when he suggested that they all dance to the music while riding through Tinseltown.
But their mouths dropped when he took off his disguise to reveal that he was Las Vegas regular Joey Fatone from ’N Sync, particularly after several had choice comments about the music.
* Fans of NBC’s “The Voice” will see their favorite contestants live as the season’s talented top finalists and favorite past stars hit the road on a 31-city summer tour, stopping here at the Joint in the Hard Rock on July 25. Tickets go on sale next Thursday. Already confirmed: Tessanne Chin, Jacquie Lee, Will Champlin and Dia Frampton. “The Voice” Season 6 finale is May 20.
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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Catering to the young and modern crowd, Planet Hollywood is a one-stop shop for entertainment with its massive shopping mall, slew of restaurants, spacious casino and clubs.
The ambiance of the casino is retro-chic meets high-tech with black granite floors throughout and colorful LED lights throughout the space. The theme carries into the 100,000 square-foot casino with 250 flat screens topping off slot machines. The casino is also home to 87 tables, a sports book and a poker room.
There's also the Miracle Mile Shops, one Vegas' largest malls, with 140 stores including BCBG Max Azaria, bebe, Urban Outfitters and The Discovery Channel Store.
Following an afternoon of shopping, guests can satisfy their appetites at one of the gourmet restaurants in Planet Hollywood, like the non-traditional approach to steakhouses at Strip House or check out the exotic Far East motif at KOI restaurant and lounge. And if guests are still looking for more, they can spend the after hours at Privé, Triq or Krave nightclubs.
Perhaps one of the resorts biggest attractions came in March with the addition of "Peepshow." The naughty twist on the story of Little Bo Peep is modern-day spin on the run-of-the-mill Vegas topless review. The "Peepshow" stage has seen visiting celebs like Scary Spice Mel B, "Dancing with the Stars" Kelly Monaco and Playboy's Holly Madison.