Thursday, June 25, 2015 | 6:29 p.m.
What a night for Las Vegas to be featured on television. Our city was everywhere you turned whatever the channel. Millions of viewers saw Motley Crue frontman and Las Vegas resident Vince Neil and his makeup artist girlfriend Rain Hannah in tears at the end of ABC’s “Celebrity Wife Swap” when he presented her with a diamond-laden eternity ring.
Vince and Rain swapped with singer Gunnar Nelson and his wife, Lila, and sequences were filmed at T-Bones Steakhouse and Vince’s tequila bar in Circus Circus. Vince and Lila also attended a Las Vegas Outlaws training session and walked around Red Rock. I popped up in a sequence at T-Bones and when for the first time Vince went into his kitchen to cook dinner for 12 friends.
JONATHAN DEFEATS DREW: In Wednesday night’s finale of HGTV’s “Brother vs. Brother” Season 3, Jonathan Scott was crowned the winner over twin brother Drew Scott. The four-episode competition series featured fun-filled sibling rivalry to see who could most successfully renovate and resell a Las Vegas fixer-upper. The sale of both brothers’ renovated homes yielded a profit of $88,888 for the Southern Nevada affiliate of Rebuilding Together, a national organization that transforms the lives of low-income homeowners.
The donation will be used for repairs to a facility owned by Transition Services Inc., a Las Vegas nonprofit that provides work for adults with developmental disabilities. “I will never let him live this down because I won the most important season of ‘Brother vs. Brother,’ ” said Jonathan. “The best part of the competition, however, was donating our profits to Rebuilding Together and seeing those funds being put to good use right here in our hometown of Las Vegas.”
“Jonathan beat me fair and square. That’s fine, but that’s this season,” responded Drew. “Next time, mark my words: Jonathan is going down.” The brothers next appear on HGTV in the new season of “Buying & Selling” premiering next Wednesday.
RMEF Team Elk
MORE L.V. ON TV: Bill McBeath, president and CEO of the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, will be featured in an episode of “RMEF Team Elk” on the Outdoor Channel on Monday. Titled “Just Like the Old Days,” the episode features Bill and lifelong friend George Berry elk hunting in Northern Nevada just like they did growing up together.
Las Vegas entertainer Tommy Wind is the only 25-year-old magician with his own theater on the Strip. He will be appearing on the CW’s “Masters of Illusion” beginning July 10.
NOTORIOUS PLAYBOY PARTY: Light and Daylight Beach Club announced Wednesday a partnership with Playboy to host events from July 10-11, including a Las Vegas version of the Midsummer Night’s Dream party, Playmate search and more. To launch the weekend events, Daylight will host the Ultimate Playmate Search on July 10. The Top Three finalists will be awarded $5,000 in cash prizes.
The weekend lineup: Playmate Search at Daylight, July 10; Playmate Takeover at Light, July 10; Playmate Takeover at Daylight with DJ Will.I.Am on July 11; and Playboy’s “1,001 Arabian Nights” Midsummer Night’s Dream party at Light on July 11.
LAST CALL: The Hard Rock Hotel will bid farewell to Center Bar on Sunday with 1995-themed “Last Call” drink specials and a “Final Toast” party to commemorate the two decades. Guests can enjoy five of the bar’s most popular shots from 1995: Surfer on Acid, Purple Hooter, Scooby Snack, Red Headed Slut and Cosmopolitan Shot for $5 apiece in a limited-edition Center Bar shot glass while supplies last.
Additionally, Center Bar will host a “Final Toast” party for locals and visitors and past and current employees from 7 to 10 p.m. Sunday. The celebration will feature music hits from 1995, and attendees are encouraged to sign their name on Center Bar before it closes. The globe hanging above the hotspot will shine bright before turning off when the final toast is given by yours truly. An after-party at The Ainsworth with DJ Dash conclude the evening.
WILL THEY OR WON’T THEY? The NHL Board of Governors on Wednesday authorized the undertaking of a formal process to evaluate expressions of interest from markets and ownership groups interested in obtaining NHL clubs. To the extent parties may be interested in applying for an expansion team, the League will make applications starting Monday, July 6, and applications should be filed no later than Aug. 10.
“Over the past several years, we have received numerous expressions of interest from potential markets and ownership groups that have indicated an interest in joining the NHL. The board decided today to examine those expressions more formally and also to welcome any other groups or markets that may be considering pursuit of an NHL team,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said.
NEW DRAI’S HEADLINER: Rap star Tyga is bringing his signature flow to Drai’s Beach Club + Nightclub atop the Cromwell in Las Vegas for an exclusive Drai’s Live residency launching July 5. Fans will be able to see Tyga up close in the 65,000-square-foot rooftop hotspot throughout the year. Tyga has recently been seen at Drai’s for a performance May 2 and a full-length concert June 7.
He joins a star-studded lineup of residents that includes The Weeknd, Chris Brown, Chromeo, Capital Cities, Ciara, 50 Cent, Akon, J. Cole and more. Tyga is featured in a new film, “Dope,” released Friday. He also debuted his new album exclusively on Spotify on Wednesday, performs at the BET Awards on Sunday, debuts his TV show on MTV titled “Kingpin” on July 10 and launches a shoe line Sept. 26.
BEAUTY & ESSEX: As previously reported here at Vegas DeLuxe, the Cosmopolitan has announced the addition of Beauty & Essex in 2016, a partnership with Tao Group and acclaimed chef, TV personality and restaurateur Chris Santos. When Chris introduced Beauty & Essex to the Lower East Side in 2010, the multilevel restaurant and lounge revolutionized dining in the neighborhood with communal and innovative share plates and stylish design.
Beauty & Essex remains one of the most popular dining destinations in New York City. Chris appears as a judge on the Food Network’s highest-rated show “Chopped” hosted by Ted Allen and is the chef/owner of The Stanton Social, which recently celebrated 10 years.
MORE LIPSHTICK: The all-female comedy series Lipshtick at the Venetian has announced more performance dates for more laughter: Jennifer Coolidge, Aug. 8 and Oct. 3; Loni Love, Aug. 15 and Oct. 10; Joy Behar, Sept. 12; Whitney Cummings, Sept. 19, Nov. 28 and Jan. 2; Lisa Lampanelli, Sept. 26, Oct. 31 and Dec. 26; Roseanne Barr, Oct. 17; Jen Kirkman and Fortune Feimster, Oct. 24; Garfunkel and Oates, Nov. 7; and Iliza Shlesinger and Sarah Colonna, Nov. 14.
RED SOLES: Christian Louboutin joins the unsurpassed collection of luxury retailers at The Shops at Crystals. Set to open in fall 2015, the boutique will feature men’s and women’s shoes, handbags, small leathers goods and more.
NHL STAR SURVEILLANCE
At Light after the 2015 NHL Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Wednesday, awards host, actor and comedian Rob Riggle, singer Chris Daughtry and James Norris Memorial Trophy winner Erik Karlsson were seen partying, as were NHL legends Daniel Alfredsson and Anson Carter. DJ Mustard kept the partying going.
San Jose Sharks defenseman Brent Burns, on the heels of watching Blue Man Group at Monte Carlo, also attended “Absinthe” at Caesars Palace. Shortly after accepting the NHL Foundation Player Award at the awards, Brent watched the 10 p.m. show, then met The Gazillionaire and his assistant Joy Jenkins post-show.
Carey Price capped off a historic night at the NHL Awards by dining at Tao in the Venetian. The Montreal Canadiens player became the first goalie in NHL history to sweep four awards, taking home the Hart Trophy as the league’s MVP, Vezina Trophy as the NHL’s best goalie, Ted Lindsay Award as the most outstanding player as voted on by the players and shared in the William M. Jennings Award as a goalie on a team allowing the fewest regular-season goals. Carey was joined by his wife, Angela, and two other couples.
Also dining at Tao: Aaron Ekblad, who won the Calder Memorial Trophy crowning him NHL Rookie of the Year. The Florida Panthers defenseman celebrated with family and friends. And Chris Daughtry enjoyed signature dishes with friends and tweeted that he was in a food coma after an amazing meal.
Carey made his way to Surrender in Steve Wynn’s Encore for resident DJ Lil Jon’s set for the industry party. P.K. Subban of the Montreal Canadiens joined Lil Jon in the DJ booth. Also at Surrender: Malkon Subban (Boston Bruins), Johnny Guidrox and Jiri Hudler (Calgary Flames) and Jadimer Jagr (Florida Panthers), as well as retired NFL star Clinton Portis and British Premier League Arsenal soccer star Mesut Ozil.
Jiri and Ryan Getzlaf (Anaheim Ducks) were spotted separately at Crush in MGM Grand with friends and family. Jiri, winner of the Lady Byng Award, toasted his win with wine and champagne.
MORE STAR SURVEILLANCE
Justin Bieber was at The Ainsworth while cover artist Arrow Arts performed. While there, he asked to borrow Arrow’s guitar and played the instrument for a few minutes before asking Arrow what he thought. The two then took a selfie together. Ruby Rose (“Orange Is the New Black”), rumored to be Justin’s new squeeze, also was seen walking around the Hard Rock.
Westgate Las Vegas headliner Suzanne Somers, husband Alan Hamel and friends dined at Lavo in Palazzo.
Filming continues a second night for NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior” Season 7 finals east of MGM Resorts Village and opposite Luxor and Mandalay Bay.
Part 1 of our extraordinary interview with the 10-year veterans of “Le Reve — The Dream” celebrating the show’s 10th anniversary at Wynn Las Vegas. Plus, our weekly Weekend Celebrity Preview with Shaquille O’Neal, International Model Search, Miss Nevada Pageant, Marlon Wayans, Jay Mohr, Smash Mouth and more.
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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MGM Grand, a AAA Four Diamond resort, offers 5,044 rooms and suites.
MGM Grand features KÀ by Cirque du Soleil; Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club; and world-class entertainment at the Grand Garden Arena and Hollywood Theatre.
The resort offers signature restaurants by celebrity chefs including Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak, Emeril Lagasse’s New Orleans Fish House, Wolfgang Puck’s Bar & Grill and Michelin three star and Forbes Five Star restaurant, Joël Robuchon.
As part of its ongoing “Grand Renovation,” MGM Grand has remodeled all rooms and suites in its main tower and is adding several new experiences to its lineup including Hakkasan Las Vegas Restaurant and Nightclub, a new upscale dining/nightlife concept (coming in April 2013).
MGM Grand also features a state-of-the-art, non-smoking conference center, the Grand Spa, Cristophe Salon, "CSI: The Experience" and an inviting pool complex featuring the tantalizing daylife of Wet Republic.
Upscale accommodations include The Mansion, an exclusive hotel within the hotel; the luxurious two-story SKYLOFTS at MGM Grand; and The Signature at MGM Grand, a luxury all-suite, non-gaming hotel located adjacent to the main resort.