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September 23, 2017

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Star Surveillance: Robin Roberts, Shania Twain, L.A. Clippers and Carrot Top



L.A. Clippers cheerleaders at Minus 5 Ice Bar in Mandalay Place.

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The Carrot Top Roll at Rice & Company in Luxor.

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Carrot Top channels Paris Hilton at Michael Boychuck's salon Color in Caesars Palace.

Toby Keith Hammer Down Tour in Laughlin

Toby Keith's Hammer Down Tour in Laughlin on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013. Launch slideshow »
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Jacob Artist celebrates his 21s birthday on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at Tao in the Venetian.

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Flo Rida at XS.

Zany Luxor headliner comic Carrot Top is celebrating the eighth anniversary of his show and popped into my pal Michael Boychuck’s Color salon at Caesars Palace for a new glam look and posed as a Hollywood legend.

Rice & Company at Luxor has a new Carrot Top sushi roll made with fresh Alaskan king crab meat, carrots and cucumber. Priced at $18, it’s served with Thai mayo and topped with fresh carrot shavings to pay homage to the red-haired comedian.

“Good Morning America” anchor and breast cancer survivor Robin Roberts was invited onstage by Shania Twain at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace for the campfire scene during the resident headliner show “Still the One.” Shania sang several songs with her and told the audience that included Carrot Top and “Rock of Ages” at the Venetian star Mark Shunock that Robin was her “mentor in courage.” The foursome met backstage after the show.

Country king Toby Keith with red solo cup in hand played charity golf here with Roger Clemens after his final, sold-out “Hammer Down Tour” concert in Laughlin. Also announced on the riverbank by the Golden Nugget: A new 10,000-seat outdoor theater will be built there in 2014.

Retired world champion boxer Fernando Vargas watched Jabbawockeez’s “Prism” at Luxor with his wife and four children and were dancing in their seats throughout the high-energy show.

Jackie and Tito Jackson watched Meat Loaf in “Rocktellz & Cocktails” at Planet Hollywood, and then met with producer Adam Steck, prompting whispers that they will be the next headliners after Meat Loaf’s Nov. 6 departure.

1995 Miss USA Shanna Moakler and 2012 Miss Nevada USA Jade Kelsall braved all six haunted houses at Fright Dome in Circus Circus. Owner Jason Egan joined their group to lead a private tour, but in the chainsaw house Shanna ran for cover toward the exit.

Illusionist Siegfried Fischbacher danced to 1980s hits with Camille Ruvo at the Paris during the 16th annual FIT Gala honoring hospitality honcho Michael Severino.

Jim Belushi visited Casa Fuente in the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace for an Arturo Fuente Don Carlos 30th Anniversary Toro cigar and then turned up at Lavo in Palazzo for the party scene with DJ D-Miles.

Jacob Artist of “Glee” continued his weekend 21st birthday celebration there, too, while nightlife photographer Krill was next door at the Tao in the Venetian doing shots with DJ Eric D-Lux Also at Tao and a day earlier at Lavo, comedian Ross Mathews.

The L.A. Clippers, including Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and Matt Barnes, celebrated their overtime win, against the Denver Nuggets, at the Boom Box Room in Marquee at the Cosmopolitan.

The cheerleaders of the L.A. Clippers turned up the heat in Minus 5 Ice Bar at Mandalay Bay before their team’s preseason game against the Nuggets.

Willie Garson (“Sex and the City”) dined at Hakkasan in MGM Grand and enjoyed Peking duck with Tsar Nicoulai caviar topped off with the strawberries and champagne dessert.

Rapper Flo Rida took over a makeshift stage at XS in Encore for a one-night event with 10 of his friends who danced while he performed several hits and shared his champagne with ladies before crowd surfing to the dancing podiums in the center of the dance floor.

Sheryl Underwood (“The Talk”) watched Donny & Marie at the Flamingo and then went backstage to thank the siblings for their many appearances on her show.

And in recent weeks:

Actor Chazz Palmintieri at Bellagio and Smith & Wollensky while meeting with Smith Center officials about his one-man show “A Bronx Tale” returning here.

Bally’s headliner singing-impressionist Veronic DiCaire with her show’s Voicette dancers at Frank Marino’s “Divas” at the Quad. They went backstage afterward to meet with Frank and his divas to talk gowns, makeup, lashes and wigs.

Veronic also celebrated her extended Las Vegas run, now through January, at Minus 5 Ice Bar in Mandalay Place, where she toasted with her own signature drink Tres Chic With Veronic: strawberry vodka, white cranberry and champagne. Tres sweet!

Singer Ke$ha and five friends took over DJ Calvin Harris’ booth to party VIP style in Hakkasan at MGM Grand.

Nathan Morris and Shawn Stockman of Boyz II Men caught up with Bruno Mars backstage at the 2013 iHeartRadio Music Festival at MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Nicolas Cage celebrated his son’s birthday with a party at Sky Zone. He recently had a late lunch at Wolfgang Puck’s Pizzeria & Cucina at Crystals, where chef Dustin Lewandowski insisted that he sample the cheesecake.

“Family Feud” host Steve Harvey filmed an episode of his TBS variety talk show with official Elvis the Rev. Jesse Garon and A Little White Wedding Chapel owner the Rev. Charolette Richards. Jesse and Steve are Redd Foxx fans and since Jesse once owned Redd’s estate here, he presented Steve with a monogrammed necktie and an autographed bank check.

“Teen Wolf” star Colton Haynes dined at Tao.

Sean Hayes (“Sean Saves the World,” “Will & Grace”) celebrated a friend’s birthday at Gordon Ramsay Steak in the Paris from the second floor overlooking the main dining room. A retro yellow cake frosted with chocolate butter cream was ordered from Paris’ bakery.

The cast of “Jersey Boys” took over Pure in Caesars to host an outdoor terrace fashion show.

Actress Barbara Alyn Woods (“One Tree Hill”) watched “V — The Ultimate Variety Show” with her family at Miracle Mile Shops in Planet Hollywood.

Fighters Frank Mir, Frank Trigg and Tito Ortiz joined Mayor Carolyn Goodman, husband and former Mayor Oscar Goodman, Three Six Mafia DJ Paul and football star Brian Banks for the introduction of Muay Thai fights at the D Las Vegas. The group dined at Andiamo Italian Steakhouse at the D.

English actress and friend Jane Seymour dined at RM Seafood in Mandalay Bay and then received a tour of the upstairs Rx Boiler Room.

Alexia Echevarria (“The Real Housewives of Miami”) dined at Trevi in the Forum Shops.

Grammy Award-winning singer Miguel hosted at Tao and sang his hits “Sure Thing,” “Quickie,” “Power Trip” and “Adorn.” Miguel is hosting Tao’s New Year’s Eve party. Miguel was with girlfriend Nazanin Mandi enjoying the party scene with “Glee” star Darren Criss and “Pretty Little Liars” stars Lucy Hale and Shay Mitchell.

Actor Sam Palladio (“Nashville”) partied to the sounds of DJ Mike Attack at Lavo.

Season 10 “American Idol” contestant Thia Megia watched Terry Fator’s headliner show at the Mirage and went backstage afterward.

And tattoo entrepreneur Dirk Vermin (“Bad Ink”) dined at chef and tattoo fan Carla Pellegrino’s Bratalian in Henderson. He lives nearby and loves the tuna salad and sauteed calamari.

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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