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Strip Scribbles: Jermaine Jackson on ‘Celebrity Wife Swap’ and Amy Purdy on ‘Dancing With the Stars’


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Tom Bergeron, Derek Hough and Amy Purdy of Las Vegas on Season 18 of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” on Monday, April 14, 2014.

Las Vegas’ Amy Purdy on ‘DWTS’

Tom Bergeron, Amy Purdy of Las Vegas and Derek Hough on Season 18 of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” on Monday, May 19, 2014. Launch slideshow »

Flamingo headliner Donny Osmond returned to ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” on Monday night as a guest judge, and heroic Las Vegas dancer Amy Purdy dazzled as Cinderella on “Disney Night.”

Amy danced with a new set of prosthetic heels as she was not allowed to lean on Las Vegas Academy partner Derek Hough in the “Cinderella”-themed waltz. She lost her legs to bacterial meningitis just after her 19th birthday.

Donny and fellow judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli and Len Goodman praised the duo, giving them 37 points out of 40, placing them third for the night. “I hope Disney will make their next princess like you,” said Carrie Ann.

Ironically, Disney star Cody Simpson and partner Whitney Carson, who danced a “Lion King”-themed samba, were eliminated just ahead of Drew Carey and Cheryl Burke. Amy and Derek are safely into the final eight couples next Monday.

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Jermaine Jackson on ABC's "Celebrity Wife Swap."

‘CELEBRITY WIFE SWAP’: The new Season 3 of “Celebrity Wife Swap” debuts on ABC tonight, and Planet Hollywood headliner Jermaine Jackson and actor Daniel Baldwin trade their better halves.

Jermaine welcomes Daniel’s ex-girlfriend, model Isabella Hoffman, and the couple’s 17-year-old autistic son Atticus to his luxury home while wife Halima moves into Daniel’s small Hollywood apartment.

Next week, the primetime one-hour show chronicles a little of my Las Vegas lifestyle when I entertain actor Eric Roberts’ wife Eliza. I had my longtime actress and model friend Joan Severance take on the role of my partner for the swap with Eric. It’s a fun confrontation for both parties!

1,000th Show for Human Nature

Human Nature, with Tim Allen, center, celebrates 1,000 shows in Las Vegas on Saturday, April 12, 2014, in the Venetian. Launch slideshow »

1,000 SHOWS: Just as Human Nature celebrated their 1,000th milestone performance in Las Vegas, Venetian President John Caparella walked onstage to tell the applauding audience, “I am here to encourage them to stay for another 1,000 shows.”

He presented them with a special oversized cake from “Cake Boss” star Buddy Valastro’s Carlo’s Bakery that’s newly opened at the hotel. The cake showed the four Australian boys from Down Under with their mentor Smokey Robinson, who also strolled onstage to the delight of the audience to sing a couple of his Motown hits with them. Backstage afterward, comedian Tim Allen congratulated the foursome.

Andrew Tierney, who leads the group with his brother Michael and high school friends Phil Burton and Toby Allen, told me: “It’s unbelievable, and we are so very proud. It’s been an amazing ride these past five years in Las Vegas. If we are to do another 1,000 shows, we must plan something ambitious and different so we can evolve. We’re going to start that evolution the moment we stop celebrating this one.”

Porgy and Bess

‘PORGY & BESS’: Since 1935 when it began life as an opera, George and Ira Gershwin’s musical “Porgy and Bess” has been a classic American treasure, and its revival tonight starts a run of eight performances through Sunday at the Smith Center. In this national tour, Alicia Moran plays Bess and Nathaniel Stampley plays Porgy.

Its best-known song is “Summertime” recorded by dozens of artists through the years. Otto Preminger directed the 1959 movie with Sidney Poitier and Dorothy Dandridge, which turned the opera into a screenplay, which then became the musical.

‘PAWN’ MOVES: Our favorite “Pawn Stars” reality TV kings move their show “Pawn Shop Live!” from the downtown Golden Nugget to the Riviera on Wednesday. They’ll travel in style from their Gold & Silver Pawn to the Riviera, where the show will play afternoons. Rick Harrison will bring a gold Sinatra record he owns and display it inside the Sinatra Suite at the top of the Riviera.

‘Raiding the Rock Vault’ Memorabilia Case

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DEDICATED MEMORIES: The cast of “Raiding the Rock Vault” at LVH was honored with a memorabilia case dedication at Hard Rock Cafe Live! on the Strip. It features items from bands including Heart, Asia, Whitesnake and Quiet Riot. Fans showed up to watch their favorite rock icons pose in front of the case and talk about the stories behind the items, which included the leather jacket worn by Paul Shortino during “This Is Spinal Tap” and guitars from Doug Aldrich of Whitesnake and Andrew Freeman of The Offspring.


Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick dined at Stack in the Mirage on Pigs in a Blanket, Hot Rocks and King Crab and Jalapeno Tacos.

Also at star chef Brian Massie’s restaurant was “The Real Housewives of New York” reality TV star Heather Dubrow in a bright red floral dress with husband Terry and their children. After a dinner of Short Rib Meatballs, Signature Wings and Mini Gyros, the family headed to Cirque du Soleil’s “The Beatles Love.”

Superstar Flo Rida was at the Bankin Bellagio with a group of friends enjoying the scene along with Arthur Jones of the Indianapolis Colts.

Antonio Cromartie of the Arizona Cardinals celebrated his birthday with friends in a VIP cabana at Daylight Beach Club in Mandalay Bay.


Direct from Coachella, New Zealand singer-songwriter Lorde is joined by Lo-Fang for two nights at Boulevard Pool at the Cosmopolitan.

Helping take the sting out of Tax Day, the Mob Museum offers a buy one, get one free ticket, or go to Rick Moonen’s Rx Boiler at Mandalay Bay for the Wild Rabbit Cocktail party, or rock legend Paul Shortino from Quiet Riot hosts a “Sing for Your Supper” party at Hard Rock Cafe where every contestant gets a free entree from the newly launched menu.

Comedian Gerry Bednob is at Backstage Bar and Billiards downtown.

Joel Lindley and David Gee headline at the Improv in Harrah’s.

Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue play late night at Brooklyn Bowl in the Linq after early shows by Stick Figure, Hirie and The Green.


Our Chefs Week series continues with a Wolfgang Puck interview about new food trends, and we’ll preview the third anniversary of “Absinthe” at Caesars Palace, plus on “Ink Master,” will our remaining Las Vegas tattoo artist Walter “Sausage” Frank stay or go? And, finally, the $100,000 summer season cocktail waitresses.

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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