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On TV: ‘The Amazing Race,’ ‘Dancing With the Stars’ and ‘Vegas’


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Team Chippendales Jaymes Vaughan and James Davis celebrate their “The Amazing Race” Season 21 premiere with a private screening and party hosted by Chippendales and the Rio in the Chippendales Theater at the Rio on Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012.

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Jaymes Vaughan and James Davis of Team Chippendales compete on CBS' "The Amazing Race" on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012.

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Jaymes Vaughan of Team Chippendales competes on CBS' "The Amazing Race" on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012.

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Kelly Monaco and Val Chmerkovskiy compete on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" on Monday, Oct. 8, 2012.

Frankie Moreno

It was a giant leap for the two Chippendales at the Rio dancers competing in the CBS smash “The Amazing Race” on Sunday night. A week ago, Jaymes Vaughan and James Davis were on the verge of being kicked off the show in its Season 21 premiere hovering one below last place.

They started this week in last place but vaulted over other competitors to finish in 3rd. Our handsome hunks James and Jaymes were filmed in Indonesia where they were challenged riding motorcycles alongside a bull race and hand delivering 10 blocks of ice to set up a fish market.

Additionally, they had to pedal rides in a children’s amusement park and simultaneously make balloon animals to entertain their kid passengers. Now they safely continue onto the third leg of the global trek.


Tonight, there’s a double elimination on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars,” but it looks as if our original “Peepshow” at Planet Hollywood star Kelly Monaco is safe. Although the “General Hospital” actress says she’s swollen and bruised from injuries, the Season 1 winner and her pro partner Val Chmerkovskiy won praise and 27 points for their paso doble.

The three lowest-ranked stars Monday night were the drama-ridden duo Bristol Palin with Mark Ballas at 22.5 points for their paso doble, singer Drew Lachey with Anna Trebunskaya and actress Kirstie Alley with our Wynn choreographer Maksim Chmerkovskiy. Both scored 24 points with cha-chas.

The highlight of the show for Las Vegas fans tonight will be the national TV debut of Stratosphere headliner Frankie Moreno with two songs from his new album: “Tangerine Honey” and “Real Wild Child.” Pro star Lacey Schwimmer and “Dancing With the Stars: Live in Vegas” at the Tropicana star Kyle Massey will dance to Frankie’s music. YouTube phenomenon Karmin also will perform “Hello” and “Brokenhearted.”

Two former and current Las Vegas headliners, Pamela Anderson and Joey Fatone, have been KO’d so far in the Season 15 All-Stars. Bigger shocks await next week as Paula Abdul joins in as a guest judge, and the stars get to pick the tough performances they want their competitors to tackle.


Actor Michael Wiseman joins the cast of “Vegas” on CBS tonight as the hotheaded Mob kingpin father of Mia (Sarah Jones) with his own gambling problems, giving more grief to our former Sheriff Ralph Lamb (Dennis Quaid).

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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