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January 15, 2019

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Strip Scribbles: Miss USA, Miss Nevada America, Holly Madison, ‘Legends’

2015 Miss Universe: Dramatic Crowning

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The final three of the Miss Universe Pageant on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, at Planet Hollywood. Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach was crowned after Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez was mistakenly named the winner. Miss USA Olivia Jordan finished second runner-up.

2015 Miss Universe Pageant

Seal serenades 2015 Miss USA Olivia Jordan during the final walk for the Top Three at the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, at Axis at Planet Hollywood. Launch slideshow »

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.

2015 Miss Nevada at Smith Center

Newly crowned Miss Nevada Outstanding Teen Lauren Watson and Miss Nevada Katherine Kelley together on the stage following the pageant at the Smith Center on Saturday, June 27, 2015. Launch slideshow »

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 Madison Rides the High Roller

Holly Madison rides the High Roller on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, at the Linq Promenade. Launch slideshow »

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.”

‘Legends in Concert’ at Flamingo

Elisa Furr as Celine Dion in “Legends in Concert” at Flamingo. Launch slideshow »

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 & Marie Unveil Wax Figures

Donny and Marie Osmond flank their Madame Tussauds wax figures as they are unveiled during their headliner show Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, at Flamingo Las Vegas. The figures will be permanently on display at Madame Tussauds at the Venetian. Launch slideshow »

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.

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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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