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Strip Scribbles: ‘Model Employee’ hopefuls take out the garbage at Mandalay Bay


Michael Kelley

VH1’s “Model Employee.”

VH1's 'Model Employee' at Mandalay Bay

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Krug Champagne Room @Restaurant Guy Savoy

The Krug Champagne Room at Restaurant Guy Savoy in Caesars Palace. Launch slideshow »

2012MDW: Afrojack at Surrender

DJ Afrojack spins at Surrender in Encore on Thursday, May 24, 2012. Launch slideshow »

Meatball Spot Grand Opening @ Town Square

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Justin Bieber at MGM Grand Garden Arena

Justin Bieber performs at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012. Launch slideshow »

Supermodel Chrissy Teigen says as host of her new VH1 reality TV competition “Model Employee” filming at Mandalay Bay: “I have little tolerance for these girls crying over nothing.” Tonight, the eight models vying for $100,000 and the chance of becoming the new face for the casino resort have to take out the garbage.

Before they’re surprised with that recycling task, they get a night out on the town after mixing it up with Excalibur hunks Thunder From Down Under, and boy do these glamour girls know how to party. However, waking up early without hair and makeup to don uniforms and goggles to wear in the Dumpsters is a groggy duty. Their half-asleep challenge is to learn how to take out the trash and follow Mandalay’s recycling center rules.

Chrissy, the fiancee of singer John Legend, hosts “Model Employee,” which moves into its regular 11 p.m. Wednesday as of tonight, with one of the pouting, posing princesses eliminated. Chrissy, who is of Thai and Norwegian heritage, says if she was judging, she would be tough, harsh, maybe mean — but also fair. The models’ plans to relax at the pool beach get upended when two are selected to interview Steel Panther musicians, and that’s where one comes unstuck.


Tuesday’s deadlines to unravel broken promises and repair a backstage financial mess at a new show have now thrown its future into question. Cast and hotel execus plan to talk today to see how and where they go from here. I don’t want to jeopardize its promising future by reporting the nightmare lack of money scenario that’s gone on the past three weeks, but do want to say that the commendable cast has continued on working professionally without the always promised contracts and financial backing that never materialized.

MOVIE DANCE: Congratulations to Jennifer Romas, Planet Hollywood’s Affair nightclub entertainment director, who has been tapped as the choreographer for the new film “Think Like a Man, Too.” It’s filming here at Planet Hollywood, Caesars Palace and The Rio for the next three weeks.

The film is a sequel to the hit “Think Like a Man,” the big-screen adaptation of Steve Harvey’s relationship book “Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man.” This sequel is set for June 2014 release and stars Adam Brody (“The O.C.”), who portrays Harry Reems in the upcoming Linda Lovelace biopic “Deep Throat.”

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Las Vegas celebrates its 108th birthday today. The city’s original Golden Gate downtown has an exhibition of what Las Vegas looked like when it began and how it compares with the 21st century. It’s a stunning look at The Roaring ’20s, Prohibition and The Rat Pack Era. What happens in Vegas started at Golden Gate.

In those early days, one arrived here by train or horse and buggy. Rooms measuring 10 feet by 10 feet pre air-conditioning rented in 1906 for $1 a day. The first phone, Vegas 1, was installed at Golden Gate in 1907, and the original still hangs there today. The tradition of shrimp cocktails began there in 1959. Happy Birthday to The Entertainment Capital of the World!

BANG, BANG: Tourists are flocking to gun ranges that have set up shop for fans of firing weapons and bullets. Now Guns and Ammo Garage has upped the ante with the first elite $921 package. Instead of choosing firearms, the club has chosen 21 favorites, along with 500 rounds to shoot. Included: an Uzi, an AK-47 and a M4 Carbine with targets, ear and eye protection and $60 for souvenirs.

BAJA 500: Four Las Vegas auto enthusiasts qualified Tuesday in the Top 10 in advance of the Baja 500 starting in Ensenada. On May 30, B.J. Baldwin placed 1st, and Rob MacCachren, Bryce Mensies and Tim Herbst placed in the Top 10. Nearly 300 entries from 23 states and drivers from 13 countries are expected, and pre-running begins today. In November, B.J. will tackle the Baja 1000 and if successful in both will win an entry into Dakar 2014 in the Americas, Africa and Oceania.

PRIZED TABLE: Talk about the ultimate in pleasure for the palate. French chef Guy Savoy and Krug, the world’s first luxury champagne house, have joined forces for an unforgettable epicurean adventure: the debut of Krug Chef’s Table at the two-Michelin-starred restaurant at Caesars. Designed for wine and cuisine lovers, the six-seat table with the world’s most expensive china and glasses gives guests an intimate view of the kitchen.

The minimum is $500 per person, but you can go up to 13 courses and nonstop glasses of the best bubbly if your budget is limitless. Before the amazing dinner, Olivier Krug, sixth-generation champagne director, and Guy lead guests through the interactive experience with an iPad app. It’s the only Krug table in America and one of 10 globally.

CHICKEN WINGS: Grammy-winning DJ Afrojack will be at Diablo’s outside Monte Carlo tonight when hot girls get dirty at the annual chicken wing challenge. They have five minutes to consume the most wings, and the winner gets $3,000, plus , I’m hoping, a bottle of antacid.

CARLA’S CHANGES: “Top Chef Seattle” cheftestant Carla Pellegrino has revealed that her Meatball Spot in Town Square is to become a nationwide franchise. Additionally, she’s adding a Sugar Factory location in her patio area. Carla, appearing on “On Air With Robert & C.C.,” said: “It’s a win-win for the customers and my kitchen. It takes desserts off my workload, and customers get the great Sugar Factory candy creations.”


Mayor Carolyn Goodman joins owners Jenna and Michael Morton for the pinata smashing at the grand opening of their restaurant La Comida downtown.

Pastry chef supremo Megan Romano celebrates the first anniversary of her Chocolate & Spice Bakery and Cafe.

Singer Omarion hosts and performs at LAX in Luxor.

And supermodel Elle McPherson’s intimates will be given away to guys and gals at Ghostbar in the Palms.


Our previews of Sunday’s 2013 Billboard Music Awards with Prince, Celine Dion, Shania Twain and Justin Bieber and Tiger Woods’ annual Tiger Jam. Plus, our exclusive Q+A with Shania.

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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