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Strip Scribbles: Sports Illustrated photographers to shoot L.V. showgirls


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Jessica Gomes, Ariel Meredith, Genevieve Morton and Michelle Vawer arrive at the Sports Illustrated Overtime after-party at the Bank in the Bellagio on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012.

2012 S.I. Swimsuit Models: Kate Upton at Pure in Caesars Palace

2012 S.I. Swimsuit Issue cover model Kate Upton at Pure in Caesars Palace on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012. Launch slideshow »
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Wax figures of Leonardo DiCaprio, President Barack Obama and Eva Longoria at Madame Tussauds in the Venetian.

Holly Madison Farewell Party at Buca di Beppo

Holly Madison, center, celebrates her final show in Launch slideshow »
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Oscar Goodman, Mayor Carolyn Goodman and Member of Parliament Nick de Bois in London.

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Nathan Burton and Criss Angel at Blue Man Group in the Monte Carlo on Monday, Nov. 5, 2012.

We never know until the last minute which supermodel will be on the cover of the annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition; however, Vegas DeLuxe has learned exclusively that the 2013 issue will feature our gorgeous showgirls.

Be they in bikinis or baubles, beads or feathers, our showgirls will give the New York-based models a good run for their money. S.I. casting agents have just about finished selecting the showgirls for layouts, and photographers arrive here next week for the shoots.

The layouts will be part of the 50th anniversary issue, but it’s unknown if one or two of the supermodels will be here backstage during the photo shoots at the shows. As they have in past years, the swimwear models with 2012 cover girl Kate Upton will be here for launch party events in February flying in directly after David Letterman reveals the cover cutie on his CBS late-night talk show.

Earlier this year, S.I. execs confirmed to me that a 3-year deal was added onto the expiring 3-year contract, and they expect to extend it for several more years. “Where else could we go but Vegas; it’s the best, fun party place in the world to celebrate,” a senior exec told me.

PRESIDENTIAL CELEBRATION: Early this morning, the wax likeness of President Barack Obama was moved at Madame Tussauds in the Venetian to pose with endorsers Eva Longoria and Leonardo DiCaprio. The celebration was just long enough for contributing photographer Erik Kabik to snap photos before the president was moved to the “Spirit of America” room with its Oval Office setting where he’ll settle for four more years!

HOLLYWOOD AUTOGRAPHS: The celebrity count has risen to 40 for Saturday’s Hollywood Autograph Show at LVH from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. My longtime friends Morgan Fairchild (“Flamingo Road”) and Joan Severance (“Wiseguy”) will be joined by my friends Linda Blair (“The Exorcist”), Jennilee Harrison (“Three’s Company”) and sex siren Sybil Danning.

Fans will be able to get the veteran TV stars to pose for photographs and sign memorabilia. Also there: Paul Michael Glaser (“Starsky & Hutch”), Antonio “Huggy Bear” Fargas, Chris Atkins (“The Blue Lagoon”) and comics Rip Taylor and Murray Langston (the unknown comic beneath the brown bag).

HAPPY HOLLY: Pregnant Holly Madison is vacationing at Disneyland happy for her baby daddy Pasquale Rotella on selling 20,000 early bird $199 tickets within 3 minutes today for June’s 17th Annual Electric Daisy Carnival at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Ticket sales resume Jan. 9. EDC Week is June 18-25, with festivities June 21-23.


Earlier today in London, Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman, Las Vegas Welcome Committee host Oscar Goodman and Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority President and CEO Rossi Ralenkotter visited the House of Parliament alongside Big Ben. They toured with Member of Parliament Nick de Bois. Our VIPs are in the British capital promoting Las Vegas tourism at the travel trade show World Travel Market.

Magicians Criss Angel and Nathan Burton watched Blue Man Group at the Monte Carlo on Monday. BMG opens next Wednesday.

Prof skateboarder Tony Hawk checked out “Bodies: the Exhibition” with his family at the Luxor.


Hypnotist and producer Anthony Cools presents his newest uncensored and undressed improv “Strip Comedy” at the Palms.

Guitar great Carlos Santana is back for his run at House of Blues in Mandalay Bay.

Daryl Wright headlines at the L.A. Comedy Club at Sammy Hagar’s Cabo Wabo Cantina.

The Dreaming featuring Christopher Hall of Stabbing Westward is at Vinyl in the Hard Rock Hotel.

Minus the Bear, Girl in a Coma and Cursive are at Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip.

Performance artists Gill and Jill Bumby work on typewriters as the P3 Studio artist-in-residence through Dec. 21 at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Tonight’s opening reception features Milagro tequila punches by ambassador Gaston Martinez.


An extraordinary story of a shopping addict who spent $30,000 a month for a year in Crystals before a reality TV show changed her life. Plus, NASCAR driver Kurt Busch’s candid revelations in a new TV documentary of how he hit rock bottom.

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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