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Reality TV: ‘Ink Master’ on Spike; ‘Celebrities Undercover’ on Oxygen; ‘The Voice’ on NBC


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Kym Johnson and Joey Fatone perform on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” on Monday, Oct. 1, 2012.

Season 4 of ‘Ink Master’

Walter “Sausage” Frank of Las Vegas competes on Season 4 of “Ink Master” on Spike. Launch slideshow »

Strong ratings for Spike’s “Ink Master” with Las Vegas regular and rocker host Dave Navarro have won an expanded Season 5 for the reality-TV tattoo competition. The new season debuting this fall will increase to 16 one-hour episodes.

On Tuesday night’s episode, one of our two Las Vegas artists was eliminated. King Ruck was one of two artists sent home, but artist Walter “Sausage” Frank from Club Tattoo at Miracle Mile Shops in Planet Hollywood passed the two challenges of using lettering with an embedded image similar to graffiti and designing a tattoo on top of another tattoo, erasing the original with the new application.

Seventeen artists started out in February, and eight remain for the $100,000 grand prize with just six episodes to go. Next Tuesday, Sausage winds up with a human canvas from hell for a combative challenge over a terrifying tattoo.

* The music of ’N Sync should have been a clue, but the tourists onboard a Hollywood movie studio tour didn’t recognize the older man in their group. On Tuesday night’s new Oxygen series “Celebrities Undercover,” the unsuspecting riders weren’t even shocked when he suggested that they all dance to the music while riding through Tinseltown.

But their mouths dropped when he took off his disguise to reveal that he was Las Vegas regular Joey Fatone from ’N Sync, particularly after several had choice comments about the music.

* Fans of NBC’s “The Voice” will see their favorite contestants live as the season’s talented top finalists and favorite past stars hit the road on a 31-city summer tour, stopping here at the Joint in the Hard Rock on July 25. Tickets go on sale next Thursday. Already confirmed: Tessanne Chin, Jacquie Lee, Will Champlin and Dia Frampton. “The Voice” Season 6 finale is May 20.

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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