The Associated Press
Monday, Aug. 20, 2012 | 7 p.m.
The royal itinerary from Buckingham Palace called for Prince Harry to visit San Diego to host a charity event he’d promised while based there last year for military helicopter training. It didn’t call for a publicized, full-blast party-weekend whirl on the Strip.
HRH Harry — who has made huge headlines for his party-loving antics — stopped first at Wet Republic at MGM Grand, where singing sensation J.Lo was celebrating her Mandalay Bay Events Center concert.
I’m reliably told that six burly bodyguards were on duty to keep nosy photographers and curious fans far from the pleasure-seeking prince. All we know is that he was shirtless and in swim shorts under the hot sun!
He later hit XS in Steve Wynn's Encore seated with a group of friends on a daybed near the venue’s outdoor pool. Amazingly, many of the 7,000 revelers didn’t even know the young royal was in the house. We did learn that he danced and sipped cocktails while listening to young DJ sensation Porter Robinson until the early predawn hours.
Again, the reliable word was that the prince and his pals also hit the gaming tables at Encore while visiting XS.
WICKED WHISPERS & RACY RUMORS
Which nightclub executive “fired” all of his gorgeous cocktail servers and then took them on a very expensive shopping spree for new outfits to immediately rehire them all, but as independent contractors?
As the YouTube video shows, the new pool at Bagatelle, alongside the Tropicana, is ready to dive into. The inside bistro is fully constructed. The extraordinary sound system is blasting. The sand beaches for our Olympic volleyball winners are ready for action. Call this the calm before the storm!
So why isn’t there a firm opening date? Owners are simply waiting on the Clark County permit for the kitchen construction for the fine-dining supper club. Hopefully, the permit will come this week, leading to an October opening.
CONGRATS TO RICH LITTLE: Big congratulations to legendary impersonator and comedian Rich Little on an extension for his hilarious one-man show “Jimmy Stewart & Friends” at LVH through Oct. 3 before its planned Broadway run.
RING WINNERS: Nine bikini-clad femme fatales competed in MGM Grand’s weekend KnockOut Ring Girl contest. Pauly Malignaggi of "Jersey Shore" and MTV’s bike-riding fanatic Ricardo Laguna were among the judges.
The three winners, who were picked to share revolving duties at future MGM matches, were Bridget Peters, Michelle McCoy and Dana Klaharn. Thanks to Christopher Rauschnot @24KMedia for the video coverage.
NASCAR’s AFTER THE LAP: The unpredictable, unforgettable free-for-all and tell-all 2012 NASCAR After the Lap party is set to return to the Strip for its fourth consecutive year.
Mark your schedule for Nov. 29 at Planet Hollywood with ESPN pit reporter Jamie Little as host.
All Top 12 Chase for the NASCAR Spring Cup drivers will interact with fans who ask unfiltered, uncensored questions. Last year, Tony Stewart drove his car into the venue and Jeff Gordon showed his breakdancing skills. Tickets are on sale Monday, along with a sweepstakes contest with an all-expense-paid Las Vegas trip for two.
Full details at NASCARAftertheLap.com
PHYLLIS DILLER PASSES AWAY: Our condolences to family and friends of 95-year-old comedienne Phyllis Diller, who died in her sleep earlier today.
She was hailed as the first comedienne to break through showbiz for female stand-up comics. During her incredible 35-year career, she appeared in Las Vegas numerous times, and I got to know her well when she was a guest on my own TV shows.
She was a nice, warm, gracious and kind lady who lived a wonderful life blessed with friendships with Bob Hope and Jack Benny — all as a result of starting out by telling jokes to other housewives bored doing their wash in a laundromat!
Former "American Idol" judge Paula Abdul watched for the first time The Beatles Love by Cirque du Soleil at the Mirage with five friends. Also attending separately were Ray Romano during his weekend visit for the Aces of Comedy headline appearance and celebrity blogger Perez Hilton.
Allen Iverson and Miami Heat center Joel Anthony partied with friends at separate tables in Lavo at the Palazzo. Singer Keri Hilson, wearing Dolce & Gabanna, hosted and performed a three-song set at Haze in Aria with 10 girlfriends.
Bathing beauties always abound at Encore Beach Club, but there was an extra influx of 100 bikini bombshells for the semifinals of Beach Bunny Swimwear’s Third Annual Model Search. Model and actress Kari Gibson, who last season starred in ABC’s "Expedition Impossible", won and moves into the upcoming finals.
Singer-songwriter Colbie Caillat was onstage in the middle of the lagoon at Mandalay Bay Beach with singer-songwriter and “Dancing With the Stars” veteran Gavin DeGraw
Among the lineup at KLUC’s End of Summer Bloc Party in Henderson Pavilion were "X Factor’s" Season 1 third-place finisher Chris Rene and YouTube stars Austin Mahone and Ryan Beatty, who dazzled their young female fans.
Reality TV star and Bachelor Pad 2 winner — now on Bachelor Pad 3 — Michael Stagliano was at the Tropicana. He went in style by the hotel’s limo to Cirque du Sleil’s "O" at the Bellagio with friends.
Funnyman Drew Carrey partied in a private bungalow with 10 ladies at Surrender in the Encore. Also there Sunday night, Playboy cover model and UFC ring girl Arianny Celeste with model Rocky Meyers.
“Deadliest Catch” star Josh Harris was with eight friends at a Surrender private bungalow. Singer Stacey Jackson performed at Krave in Planet Hollywood’s Miracle Mile Shops. Mondo Guerra, winner of "Project Runway's" Season 8, watched "Vegas! the Show in the Saxe Theater at Miracle Mile.
Lil Wayne is at 1OAK in the Mirage, and DJ duo Sultan and Ned Shepard are at XS in the Encore.
A chat with new Venetian headliners Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Rich Little on his extended "Jimmy Stewart" show, and reality TV star Laura Croft’s newest fashion column of what’s hot, not and a mess on the Strip.
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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