Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015 | 6:36 p.m.
Pop princess Britney Spears returns to Axis at Planet Hollywood for New Year Eve’s Weekend shows starting Dec. 27, but the original plan was to begin the night before. So why the one-night delay?
Turns out the staging of the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant on Fox on Sunday is so ambitious that it wouldn’t have been fully broken down and moved out in time for the earlier date.
“Simply logistics,” I was told by Britney’s representative and Miss Universe producers. Britney plans a makeover of her “Piece of Me” resident show while Jennifer Lopez starts her residency, “All I Have,” on Jan. 20.
While on hiatus, Britney will redesign about 75 percent of her show with new dance routines and musical numbers. The choreography sessions have already started in Los Angeles. Britney ends her New Year’s run Jan. 3 and returns Valentine’s Day Weekend with the makeover.
Meantime, the Miss Universe preliminary competition gets underway at Axis today as the judges determine who will grab a spot in the Top 15 to be announced early in Sunday’s pageant.
The preliminary show will be followed by the National Costume Show where each contestant will wear an outfit of her choice that she believes best represents her country.
We’ll have a report with photos and videos right here at Vegas DeLuxe on Thursday.
Robin Leach of “Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous” fame has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past 15 years giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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Catering to the young and modern crowd, Planet Hollywood is a one-stop shop for entertainment with its massive shopping mall, slew of restaurants, spacious casino and clubs.
The ambiance of the casino is retro-chic meets high-tech with black granite floors throughout and colorful LED lights throughout the space. The theme carries into the 100,000 square-foot casino with 250 flat screens topping off slot machines. The casino is also home to 87 tables, a sports book and a poker room.
There's also the Miracle Mile Shops, one Vegas' largest malls, with 140 stores including BCBG Max Azaria, bebe, Urban Outfitters and The Discovery Channel Store.
Following an afternoon of shopping, guests can satisfy their appetites at one of the gourmet restaurants in Planet Hollywood, like the non-traditional approach to steakhouses at Strip House or check out the exotic Far East motif at KOI restaurant and lounge. And if guests are still looking for more, they can spend the after hours at Privé, Triq or Krave nightclubs.
Perhaps one of the resorts biggest attractions came in March with the addition of "Peepshow." The naughty twist on the story of Little Bo Peep is modern-day spin on the run-of-the-mill Vegas topless review. The "Peepshow" stage has seen visiting celebs like Scary Spice Mel B, "Dancing with the Stars" Kelly Monaco and Playboy's Holly Madison.