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Celebrity preview: Khloe, Vanessa, Heidi, Miss USA and Daytime Emmys
It’s a TV network ratings war in Las Vegas between NBC and CBS. Just a mile separates superstar singers Celine Dion, Marie Osmond and Gladys Knight, who are siding with Susan Lucci at the Las Vegas Hilton for the 38th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards (starting at 5 p.m. PT), and the 51 hopefuls of the 60th anniversary 2011 Miss USA Pageant at Planet Hollywood (starting at 6 p.m. PT), with host Giuliana Rancic and backstage commentator Kelly Osbourne as added divas. Both glittering shows have pre-show, star-studded red carpet parades.
Susan, whom Senior Editor John Katsilometes interviewed for The Kats Report posted yesterday, is one of the presenters at the Daytime Emmys hosted by Wayne Brady, and joining them are Rio headliners Penn & Teller, Anderson Cooper, Meredith Vieira, Rachael Ray, Marlee Matlin, Jillian Michaels, Kelly Monaco, Tracey Bregman and Sherri Shepherd, among others.
Several TV critics say daytime dramas are on life support and that when Katie Couric’s new afternoon talker arrives in the fall, that could really spell doom. But with Oprah Winfrey, Pat Sajak and Alex Trebek on hand for achievement awards, producer David McKenzie promises a celebration, not a wake!
John will be on duty at the Hilton, and I’ll be at Planet Hollywood when 2010 Miss USA Rima Fakih ends her reign and crowns her successor at 7:55 p.m. We’ll tweet from the red carpet and during the pageant (@robin_leach) -- and will have a live blog during the competition -- in our own contest with John tweeting from the Emmys! Vegas DeLuxe has been covering Miss USA since the contestants arrived 10 days ago, and this week, photo galleries of them in Sherri Hill evening gowns, Kandy Wrappers swimwear and high fashion poses by Fadil Berisha were posted.
Other lovely ladies on the scene this weekend include parties for Khloe Kardashian Odom -- her birthday -- Vanessa Minnillo’s bachelorette bash (she’s marrying Nicky Lachey -- finally), Heidi Montag’s poolside affair and a weekend laugh fest with Lily Tomlin. No wonder Motley Crue will be here this weekend at Red Rock Resort’s Amphitheater singing “Girls, Girls, Girls.” The guys aren’t left out, but they’re confined to music and comedy!
So with sash in place and trophies to award, let’s get this jewel-encrusted, sparkling edition of the Royal Robin Rundown in play for a ratings rumble.
Friday, June 17
*The kings of comedy rule, with David Spade for two nights at the Venetian; Rodney Carrington at the Mirage for two nights; Brandon “Gooch” Hahn and his Degenerates of Comedy at the Hilton; John Heffron at South Point for three nights; veteran Marty Allen still going strong for two more nights at Palace Station; and Defending the Caveman star Kevin Burke at Rockhouse outside Imperial Palace for the online radio Robert & Paco Show.
*Music lovers have their fill with legends Doobie Brothers at Sunset Station; Steel Pulse at Red Rock Resort; The Flaming Lips at Boulevard Pool at the Cosmopolitan; smooth singer Michael McDonald at Eastside Cannery; Skrillex at The Hard Rock Cafe on The Strip; Common Sense at The Lounge at the Palms for two nights starting at midnight; and Sixties Sensation at Cannery.
*For something different, the family-friendly Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is at UNLV’s Thomas & Mack Center all weekend, but don’t take the kids to X Burlesque at the Flamingo, where Chiara of Howard Stern’s “Howard TV Girl of the Month” makes a guest appearance.
*Khloe Kardashian Odom celebrates her 27th birthday at Chateau Nightclub & Gardens at the Paris; Vanessa Minnillo celebrates her bachelorette party at Lavo at the Palazzo; Morten Breum spins at Surrender at the Encore; and The EC Twins host at Marquee with a special guest DJ set by Josh Madden.
Saturday, June 18
*The music never dies with Motley Crue, Poison and The New York Dolls at Red Rock Resort; Panic! At The Disco at House of Blues at Mandalay Bay; Randy Travis at Sunset Station as part of his 25th anniversary tour; Bobby Vinton at Cannery; ABC at Fremont Street Experience in Nina Blackwood’s Absolutely ’80s summer fest; Prezident Brown featuring One Pin Short at Silverton Casino Lodge; The Manhattans at Suncoast; Donell Jones, Chico DeBarge and Michel’le at Hard Rock Cafe on The Strip; Carmine Mandia at The Village at Lake Las Vegas; and The Symphonic Rock Show with Yellow Brick Road, a 30-piece band and Brody Dolyniuk’s farewell performance at Henderson Pavilion.
*Comedy icon Lily Tomlin performs at The Orleans for two nights; Susan Lucci has a book signing at the Las Vegas Hilton’s Tempo Lounge at 3 p.m.; and tickets go on sale for Tracy Morgan’s Sept. 4 date at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Styx and REO Speedwagon’s concert Sept. 24, also at The Joint.
*Carmelo Anthony and his wife, the former La La Vazquez, celebrate her birthday at Tao in the Venetian; Josh Madden spins a special DJ set at Tao Beach; Heidi Montag hosts a sexy poolside party at Wet Republic at MGM Grand; Vanilla Ice cools it down at LAX in the Luxor; Nas and Jackass’ Bam Margera are at Chateau; Chingy is at Gallery Nightclub at Planet Hollywood; and Cosmic Gate and Serge Devant are at Marquee.
Sunday, June 19
*Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there -- check out colleague Allison Duck’s 2011 Father’s Day Guide for brunches, events and specials in town for Dad.
*The 38th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards are at the Hilton at 5 p.m., while the 60th Anniversary Miss USA Pageant starts at 6 p.m. in the Theater for Performing Arts at Planet Hollywood.
*The official Miss USA after-party is at Chateau with contestants, Miss USA winners and celebrity guests. Later, Rima has her “farewell to the crown” fling with fellow Lebanese friends the Maloofs at Ghostbar at the Palms. This time she doesn’t have to worry about an early morning interview or arriving home before 4 a.m.! And the All My Children post-awards celebration is at Lavo.
I’ll be backstage with my friend Vince Neil at Red Rock for the Motley Crue show and hope to ride Tommy Lee’s 360-degree roller-coaster drum set. We’ll post those photos Sunday, and then cover the Miss USA Pageant via Twitter and live blog and post the crowning moments. Then Monday, we’ll have the Weekend Celebrity Wrap-Up.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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