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Strip Scribbles: A new wave of reality TV heads toward Las Vegas


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It will be gut wrenching and brutally honest. It’s the next step forward in reality TV shows, except this one is not for television. Call this reality live, and it could only start in Las Vegas before rolling out to other cities. If you are riveted to “The Real Housewives” or “Jersey Shore’s” controversial collisions on the small screen, think how compelling it will be to sit up close to candid confessions and real dramas being told by the person in the thick of it.

The experiment in modern reality theater starts April 13 with an initial six-night trial run. I am sworn to secrecy for at least the next 10 days before all is revealed, but I can tell you that it will be a one-person show from a highly unexpected global headliner who has appeared in two hit movies.

I’m reliably told that the personality will bare all and not make any attempt to shy away from discussing the “darkest of days.” The 90-minute show also will include an audience with the celebrity to allow the curious or concerned a chance to delve even deeper into the drama. And there will be photo ops.

Tickets go on sale Feb. 19 when the startling announcement is made and the identity of the first star revealed. If successful, reality live will bring in other tabloid terrors for the up-close and personal confessions.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Congratulations -- and champagne wishes -- to Motley Crue’s Vince Neil, who celebrates his birthday today. You wouldn’t expect the wild rocker to show up at the Wall Street Journal, but since he’s a canny businessman off stage, he sat with Lee Hawkins for the WSJ TV show “Off Duty.”

After the positive reaction by fans to Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach jumping onstage for “Smokin’ in the Boys Room” during the Crue’s residency debut at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel over the weekend, there’s now inside word that there will be more star music guests jamming over the next two weekends.

ALI’S BIRTHDAY KNOCKOUT: New celebrity supporters added to the star-studded lineup saluting Muhammad Ali on Feb. 18 to mark his 70th birthday at MGM Grand include Samuel L. Jackson, David Beckham, Larry King, Ken Jeong, Sir Anthony Hopkins, David Copperfield, Siegfried & Roy, James Gandolfini, Steve Schirripa, Chazz Palminteri and Sammy Hagar. Boxing icons include Manny Pacquiao, Sugar Ray Leonard, Evander Holyfield, Ken Norton, Earnie Shavers, Leon Spinks, Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini and Tommy “Hitman” Hearns. Cee Lo Green, who was a sensation at the Super Bowl XLVI Halftime Show, will be performing for Ali on Feb. 18 and with Lenny Kravitz on Feb. 19 for the two-night Keep Memory Alive benefit. Here’s the behind-the-scenes look of the making of his new “What Happens Here Stays Here” Las Vegas travel commercial.


I jumped the gun a little with Tuesday’s Lingerie Football League exclusives, so to clarify: the cable network to carry future games in HD and 3D has not been officially announced. The games to be played in Mexico, Brazil and Australia will be exhibition matches, and the foreign expansion will be confined to LFL Canada, plus the proposed teams for the three other U.S. cities I reported.

*Tao Group -- that’s Tao in the Venetian, Lavo in the Palazzo and Marquee in the Cosmopolitan -- is expanding overseas. The partners will open a Marquee Nightclub in Sydney, Australia, at the Star Hotel Casino at the end of next month. Partner Noah Tepperberg told Vegas DeLuxe: “Our team is looking forward to bringing Marquee to Sydney while creating a venue with a distinct Sydney style and personality. It’s been great to see the Star unfold into an impressive casino and hotel, and now a dining and entertainment complex, and we are excited to work with the talented Australian-based team.”

*Billboard has named Encore Beach Club and Surrender Nightclub managing partner Sean Christie one of “Dance Music’s Most Influential Executives”, saying, “He commands one of the most powerful and lucrative platforms for DJs in the country.”

*Bank Nightclub in the Bellagio has named L.A. native DJ Cobra as its new resident DJ, kicking off weekends every Friday starting Feb. 17. Cobra has performed with and opened for Lady Gaga, Prince, John Legend and Diddy.

*The first-ever YouTube tour of its top talent who have racked up a combined 1 billion views with more than 6 million fans hits Las Vegas on March 9. Headliners include Dave Days, Alex Goot, DeStorm Powers, Asher Monroe and others. As the biggest, new worldwide media platform for new artists, YouTube’s DigiTour gives the viral video stars the opportunity to interact with fans and change the touring scene.

*Comedy-impressionist Stephen Sorrentino will be commuting from his Las Vegas lakeside home to Atlantic City’s Tropicana for a three-month run of his show “Voices in My Head” starting March 26. Stephen, who shed 60 pounds while performing in Europe the past six months, will play a 2,000-seat showroom with eight showgirls. Debbie Reynolds, Dennis Miller, Larry the Cable Guy and yours truly have endorsed his hilarious mimicry of our voices! Said Stephen: “I just wish I could work more in Vegas instead of the rest of the world. It seems like I’m never home in my own city.”

*Four trade fashion shows are taking place here, with the granddaddy MAGIC topping the list as of Monday with its 75,000-plus buyers and exhibitors. This week, we’ve already had 25,000 fashionistas in town representing more than 20 countries.


Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow and teammates dined at STK in the Cosmopolitan on Tuesday night. Poker pros Phil Ivey and Antonio “The Magician” Esfandiari dined in separate groups at Lavo in the Palazzo. I joined new Miss Nevada USA Jade Kelsall, new Miss Nevada Teen USA Katie Eklund and 2011 Miss Nevada USA Sarah Chapman at Lavo in celebrating Jade’s 26th birthday. Antonio was at the adjoining table and performed several card tricks for the partying princesses before Jade and Sarah went up to the boutique nightclub to dance to the sounds of TV Rock. And comedian and Las Vegas native Jo Koy watched Jabbawockeez’s "MUS.I.C." at the Monte Carlo.


Beautiful “Peepshow” star Cheaza celebrates the release of her calendar at Pampas Brazilian Grille at Planet Hollywood’s Miracle Mile. Cheaza recently guest starred on NBC’s “City Guys” and has completed her new album with its hit single “Live for Tonight.” Chef Jet Tila and mod-mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim team up for a five-course pop-up dinner of Thai treats at Origin opposite the Hard Rock Hotel. Cheerleaders for the 2012 USA Sevens rugby tournament host a pep rally with the USA Eagles at the Plaza at Miracle Mile. Please support LAX in the Luxor with its Soles4Souls charity drive, with Las Vegas boutiques and attendees donating new and old shoes for less fortunate families in 127 countries. A “Gold Digger” party hosted by Super Pawn’s National Jewelry Liquidation Center benefits our local Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Jewelry is 75 percent off, with 20 percent of proceeds going to charity.


A preview of the 2012 USA Sevens that runs through Sunday with 16 competing nations at our Sam Boyd Stadium, plus Sir Elton John returns to the Colosseum at Caesars Palace.

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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