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Mirage headliner Terry Fator offers advice to ‘The Bachelor’ Ben Higgins

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Season 16 of ABC’s “The Bachelor” was filmed partly in Las Vegas. Ben Higgins and Emily Ferguson of Las Vegas are pictured here.

Season 16 of ABC’s ‘The Bachelor’

Season 16 of ABC’s “The Bachelor” was filmed partly in Las Vegas. Emily Ferguson of Las Vegas is pictured here. Launch slideshow »

Las Vegas Twins on ‘The Bachelor’

Las Vegas twins Emily Ferguson and Haley Ferguson on ABC’s “The Bachelor.” Launch slideshow »

Terry Fator Weds Angie Fiore

The wedding of Angie Fiore and Terry Fator on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015, at Lake Las Vegas Hilton. Launch slideshow »

On Monday, 14 of the bachelorettes attempting to beat the odds to win the heart of Ben Higgins on ABC’s “The Bachelor” are featured here in Las Vegas. Mirage headliner Terry Fator has 12 of the beautiful women onstage with Ben and him. One of the women, Becca, finds herself in a white wedding gown at Little White Wedding Chapel with an enticing proposition.

Las Vegas twins Haley and Emily Ferguson, who are cocktail servers at Marquee in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, receive a special date to a surprise location, and producers say that by the end of the day, Ben has become more confused or clarified his emotions.

One bachelorette has a helicopter ride over the Strip, while Terry surprises 12 of them with the news that they will be the focal point of his show in front of an audience. The women need to come up with a talent to perform onstage.

Soon, it is show time! Some of the women shine with talents such as Irish dancing, juggling and standup comedy, but one suffers embarrassment when her “talent” falls flat and has a dramatic meltdown and panic attack.

Terry told me: “It was great. I got to coach them on their hidden showbiz talents and prepare them to perform onstage in front of my audience for Ben. He came onstage, too, and he was awesome. We have a great stage set up for showcasing talent, and the producers recognized that I really like to work with and mentor other performers.

“It was a long day of filming, but it was so much fun. The ladies were great, and the producers and director of the show are the best in the business. You’ll have to watch the show to see which of my ventriloquist dolls took part, but let’s just say Maynard may elope with one of the ladies.

“I was no longer a bachelor myself when we filmed, having had our surprise first wedding at Lake Las Vegas, so I was able to pass on my best married man advice to Ben before he proposes. I told him to always demand the last two words in any argument: ‘Yes, dear.’ ”

Terry is nearing the 1,500 mark of shows at the Mirage. “It’s unbelievable,” he said. “The contract comes up for renewal later this year, and I’m looking forward to continuing for many more years. We’ve had such great success here, and, of course, I love Las Vegas and have made it my home, so I’m not planning to go anywhere. I think of the length of renewal the same way I think of my marriage to Angie — I like the word ‘forever.’ ”

In addition to his Mirage residency, Terry will perform at Edgewater Casino in Laughlin on Feb. 27, with more dates and venues for this summer to be announced at TerryFator.com.

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.

Follow Robin Leach on Twitter at Twitter.com/Robin_Leach.

Follow Las Vegas Sun Entertainment + Luxury Senior Editor Don Chareunsy on Twitter at Twitter.com/VDLXEditorDon.

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