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Strip Scribbles: Holly Madison vs. Coco Austin on the Strip? Plus, ‘Celebrity Wife Swap’


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Ice-T and Coco Austin host the “Peepshow” after-party at Body English in the Hard Rock Hotel early Monday, Sept. 2, 2013. Austin is pictured here with “Peepshow” co-star Cheaza.

Ice-T and Coco Host ‘Peepshow’ After-Party at Body English

Coco Austin and Ice-T host the Launch slideshow »

Past “Peepshow” at Planet Hollywood stars Holly Madison and Coco Austin are duking it out over competing burlesque and push-the-envelope sexy shows.

Reality TV star Coco (“Ice Loves Coco”) says that her new dance ensemble is a naughty burlesque show with seven vivacious dancers she’s named “Coco & the Vanity Vixens.”

She opens in New York on May 12 and says she’s aiming for a Las Vegas home to return to the Strip.

Holly says her new “1923 Bourbon & Burlesque club soft opening April 11 with an April 17 grand opening at Mandalay Bay will be true burlesque from that era:

“We look forward to introducing Las Vegas to glamorous burlesque set inside an intimate 1920s-style speakeasy.” Singer Skye Dee Miles from the Tropicana will handle vocals with a four-piece band playing for the burlesque dancers.

My colleague John Katsilometes reports that the dancers won’t be topless, instead performing down to pasties.

A catfight may have started between the duo on Sunday when Holly’s supporters blasted Coco’s vixens show as “way too cheesy and slutty — there was nothing burlesque about their video.”

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Jermaine Jackson and his wife, Halima, on ABC's "Celebrity Wife Swap."

SWAPPING LIVES: No less than three couples with close ties to Las Vegas will be featured in the new Season 3 debut of “Celebrity Wife Swap” starting April 15.

In the premiere episode, two Hollywood dynasties join for the first time when the partners of music legend Jermaine Jackson and actor Daniel Baldwin swap very contradictory lives for one week. (The Jacksons’ run in “Rocktellz & Cocktails” at Planet Hollywood ends Sunday.)

In the season debut, Daniel’s former girlfriend, Isabella Hofmann, lives in the Hollywood Hills with their autistic son Atticus, 17. After struggling for a decade with drug addiction, Daniel is now sober and working on rebuilding his relationship with Isabella and Atticus.

In Calabasas, Calif., Jermaine and his wife, Halima, live a privileged life with their prized show dog, Fiji. These families may be considered Hollywood celebrities, but that is where their similarities end.

When Isabella arrives at the Jackson home, the glitz and glamour, as well as the racks of clothing, endless pairs of shoes and infinite bottles of perfume, blow her away. Meanwhile, Halima experiences a surprise of her own when she sees her swap home’s modest size compared to her own grand estate.

In the end, one side of the swap is left in an awkward and uncomfortable situation when the celebrity husband holds firm and resists any change. Details of the two other Las Vegas couples will be revealed when filming and editing is completed.

High Roller Observation Wheel Opens to Public

People ride in cabins of the 550-foot-tall High Roller observation wheel Monday, March 31, 2014. The observation wheel, the tallest in the world, is part of the Linq project, a $550 million development by Caesars Entertainment Corp. The ride is now open to the public. Launch slideshow »

Aerial View of the High Roller

An aerial view of the High Roller at the Linq on Monday, March 31, 2014, on the Strip. Launch slideshow »

CONGRATULATIONS: For now — until the proposed 625-foot New York Ferris wheel is built — the new High Roller observation wheel that opened today at the Linq between the Flamingo and Quad is the tallest observation wheel in the world at 550 feet, and contributing photographer Tom Donoghue took a Maverick Helicopter flight around the structure before the first rides. Our esteemed A&E Senior Editor Don Chareunsy was along for the journey this morning.

Eight 1,256-hp motors turn the 28 cabins every 30 minutes around the 7.2 million-pound wheel. Forty passengers can joyride in the cabins that are kept at a constant 76 degrees. There’s 112 cables strung inside the wheel so that it can sustain such windy conditions as today’s 46 mph gusts.

Congratulations to everybody at Caesars Entertainment and the Linq (operated by the Grove management team from Los Angeles) on the stunning achievement completed right on time, making it the brightest, newest and best Las Vegas tourist attraction.

OLIVIA’S INVITES: On Tuesday, Olivia Newton-John drives in from California ready to meet the media on Wednesday as her band starts stage rehearsals of her new show at the Flamingo. The princess of “Physical” starts her rehearsals Thursday.

They’ve run through the show in Hollywood studios ahead of moving here. “Summer Nights” opens next Tuesday, April 8, with a gala red-carpet premiere April 11. I can confirm that an invitation has been sent to her “Grease” co-star John Travolta to attend. I was told that advance ticket sales “are ridiculously great.”

GUY OPENS & PRESENTS: Our UNLV graduate turned celebrity chef Guy Fieri arrives here Thursday night to preview his new Vegas Kitchen & Bar at the Quad on Friday.

He’s staying on after hosting the tour and menu sampling at the new eatery to be a presenter at Sunday’s Academy of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena and airing on CBS.

International Lingerie Show

EYE-POPPING WEAR: Buyers from all over the world have arrived to go shopping at the adult and very sexy International Lingerie Show that opened today for three days at the Rio.

Dozens of our club dancers and showgirls are picking up extra money as models of club wear, dance wear, exotic wear, adult wear, intimate bedroom wear, sexy swimwear, stockings and a separate adult novelty and Halloween costumes zone.


“Cake Boss” star Buddy Valastro opens his first Carlo’s Bakery west of the Mississippi at Palazzo.

Mike Pace and Landry headline at Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club through Sunday.

SKAM celebrates its 10th anniversary at Marquee in the Cosmopolitan with Samantha Ronson, Eric D-Lux and Vice all spinning the wheels of steel.

Magician Murray Sawchuck returns to the Laugh Factory at the Tropicana for his spring and summer run. Murray filmed three new TV shows during his 12-week hiatus. Audience members who bring an Easter basket of goodies for the E Bunny charity for underprivileged children get in for free today.

The new LGBT nightlife experience Provocouture opens at Savile Row at LAX in the Luxor. The gay and gay-friendly parties hosted by J.Son of are scheduled for Monday nights April 28 and May 26, so far.


Photos of Las Vegas double-amputee heroine Amy Purdy, who is partnered with Derek Hough on “Dancing With the Stars”, plus, Elaine Wynn’s megabucks painting is on the move, and a new, full-length sci-fi feature film, “Area 52,” plans its Las Vegas shooting schedule.

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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