Darren Decker / Miss Universe Organization
Thursday, May 5, 2016 | 7:02 p.m.
Miss Universe Pageant execs made it official this morning confirming what I reported three weeks ago that the 2016 Miss USA Pageant will be broadcast from Las Vegas on Sunday, June 5, on Fox.
I’d originally heard whispers that the competition would be at Axis at Planet Hollywood and thus scuttled rumors of a move to T-Mobile Arena.
However, the TV production team this week decided that there wouldn’t be sufficient time after the Jennifer Lopez show June 4 to have it ready for the next day’s telecast with a new set and load-in of cameras and audio.
It also wouldn’t give the 52 contestants any chance of rehearsing on the actual stage, thus the relocation to T-Mobile Arena at Toshiba Plaza. J.Lo is at Planet Hollywood from May 22 through June 12.
MISS NEVADA AMERICA: The 2016 Miss Nevada’s Outstanding Teen Pageant with our esteemed Editor Don Chareunsy as one of the judges is at Tropicana Showroom today. On Friday, the 2016 Miss Nevada America Pageant is at Tropicana Showroom.
2015 Miss Nevada Katherine Kelly will crown her successor who takes the title and crown to the 2016 Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City in September. 2016 Miss Nevada’s Outstanding Teen Lauren Watson’s reign also ends.
Las Vegas pageant director Jodi Hale Fonfa told me this is the 67th anniversary of the Silver State scholarship organization, and under her direction the newly energized program has more sponsors and donors for scholarships than ever. Last year, Jodi and her team supplied $60,000 in scholarships to state contestants and expects to close in on $100,000 by the end of Friday’s judging.
UNLV has donated a full-ride scholarship valued at $24,000, and the new Miss Nevada will have the right to choose the full ride or a $10,000 scholarship elsewhere. This pageant is beyond the dresses, crowns and sashes and focuses on education and empowerment.
HOLLY’S NEW BOOK: Former Playboy centerfold Holly Madison, now married to Electric Daisy Carnival founder Pasquale Rotella sets out next weekend on tour for her memoir “The Vegas Diaries.”
Her cross-country tour will begin in New York and New Jersey on May 16 and after a May 20 stop here at Barnes & Noble on North Rainbow winds up in Tempe and La Jolla, Calif., where last year I watched as fans lined up to buy a copy of her debut novel “Down the Rabbit Hole.”
Holly, who became a No. 1 New York Times bestselling author, says the new book is about romance, rolling the dice and her journey along the road to reinvention. Holly confesses that “The Vegas Diaries” is a comedy of errors with her wild and crazy experiences while facing her fears, anxieties and insecurities to discover that her journey to self-sufficiency also is her path to healing.
“I finally got the courage to confront my past and in the process found the love and life I always wanted,” she said. “And, Robin, you’re in it, too.”
LONGEST-RUNNING STRIP SHOW: It started out with a six-week limited run at the-then Imperial Palace, now The Linq Hotel. “Legends in Concert” is still alive with 10 performances a week at the Flamingo and today celebrates its 33rd anniversary. Mark Mercer, corporate director of marketing, gave me the details Wednesday night at Frankie Moreno’s opening night of “Under the Influence” at Planet Hollywood.
The milestone also makes it the longest-running show in Las Vegas. “Legends” has a current tribute in the Flamingo’s Donny & Marie Showroom to the late musical genius Prince by Frank Moore and also in the lineup Damian Brantley as Michael Jackson, J.C. Brando as Adele and The Blues Brothers played by Eric Martin and Carmen Romano.
The next summer show will feature Kate Steele as Lady Gaga, the return of Ultimate Elvis Tribute artist champion Bill Cherry and Jazmine as the Whitney Houston. Brian Brigner, “Legends” COO, said in a news release:
“It’s been a long road to get to this moment, but it’s been a great ride. It has been our privilege and pleasure to showcase such enormously talented tribute artists for the past 33 years providing family-oriented, value-priced, live-musical entertainment six nights per week.”
DONNY’S FURNITURE: Mark your calendars for Saturday’s 11 a.m. opening of Donny Osmond’s Home brand furnishings gallery at Walker Furniture. Donny will cut a red ribbon, then have a meet-and-greet, autograph-signing session for fans.
I talked with Donny today, and he told me: “It’s a celebration of life and love. My wife Debbie and I consider home and family to be the most important aspects of our lives, and the collection is to inspire families to spend more time together. It encourages family togetherness with a warm, welcoming style.”
KENTUCKY DERBY PARTY: Harrah’s headliner magician Mac King continues his 16-year tradition of hosting a party for the Kentucky Derby, the fastest, most exciting two minutes in sports.
Mac serves traditional mint juleps and encourages guests to wear stylish Churchill Downs hats. Entertainers including Penn Jillette, Lance Burton and Clint Holmes are expected at the shindig Saturday afternoon at Mac’s new home in Rancho Bel Air.
Robin Leach of “Lifestyles of the Rich and 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.