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2010 Miss USA Rima Fakih wasted no time nor minced words about her wrestling and partying activities during her year’s reign when she returned home to Detroit after the 2011 Miss USA Pageant this past weekend. She told local radio DJs that it wasn’t her idea to wrestle on the reality TV series Tough Enough, but she had to go up against 11 MMA fighters because the Miss USA Organization wanted the publicity. Rima told me last week before she handed the crown over to 2011 Miss USA Alyssa Campanella that she fractured her ribs, injured her spine and scratched her legs during fighting.
Rima also said pageant officials stirred the pot over rumors of her wild partying before she flew out to Las Vegas. “I thought they’d protect me better than that, but they wanted the story out there so I could go out with a bang. But I’d just flown in from a trip to Spain and had two days to pack up my apartment. I believe I was the hardest-working Miss USA, but Mr. Trump said no media is bad media. There were a lot of things that went out of hand, and I don’t appreciate that. The only thing I am addicted to is fresh orange juice with the pulp,” she said on air.
Rima says she sets out on the next step of her Hollywood career with meetings at Warner Bros. in L.A. on July 5 after a July 4 pool hosting weekend here with Evander Holyfield.
*Human Nature has confirmed our Vegas DeLuxe story that in addition to celebrating their 500th show at Imperial Palace next Thursday, the four Down Under guys will film their first PBS special at Barry Manilow’s theater at the neighboring Paris on July 6 and 7. The special, with a guest appearance by Smokey Robinson, will be directed and produced by Ken Ehrlich, Celine Dion’s show director at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.
*Former Lavo at the Palazzo Chef Ludo Lefebvre, who left to make a run on Top Chef Masters, has now landed his own series on Robert Redford’s Sundance Channel. Here’s a preview of Ludo Bites America that premieres July 19.
Ludo and his Playboy cover model wife Krissy have returned to L.A. now that filming has been completed. They are reopening their unique “moving” restaurant concept Ludo Bites, which sets up shop at night in various closed daytime stores.
*The cast of Phantom -- the Las Vegas Spectacular celebrate its fifth anniversary tonight at the Venetian with a special presentation and speech after the curtain call. An interview with Tony-winning actor Anthony Crivello, who plays The Phantom, was posted yesterday.
Street sultan of magic David Blaine performed card, dollar bill and coin tricks for patrons at their tables until closing last night at Blush in the Wynn. … Hard Rock Hotel resident headliner DJ Tiesto partied at Crazy Horse III with friends until 3 a.m. … Corey Perry of the Anaheim Ducks attended Blue Man Group at the Venetian and even joined them onstage. … Singer Ryan Leslie hosted at LAX at the Luxor last night and performed a set that included his hit “Addiction,” “Diamond Girl” and “Start It Up.” Ryan posed for many fan photos. … “Ballistic” B.J. Baldwin, son of MGM’s CityCenter honcho Bobby Baldwin, appears on Spike TV today in special coverage of the giant off-road Baja 1000. Cameras captured the racing action along Mexico’s Baja Peninsula for “the granddaddy of all off-road races.”
Celebrities and sports legends expected at RawTeams.com’s annual bash at Encore Beach Club include host Frank Trigg, Flavor Flav, David Henrie, Patrick Johnson, Leon Lett, Herb Coleman, Adam Seward, Nate Turner, Las Vegas Locos and Katrina Darrell, “Bikini Girl” from American Idol. … Drew Carey presents his Improv-A-Ganza at MGM’s Hollywood Theater for three nights. … Deep Purple is at The Pearl at the Palms, while steps away in The Playboy Comedy Lounge, Andrew Dice Clay kicks off a three-night run, followed by Kahsino with a midnight concert. … Comedian Eddie Brill kicks off a four-night stand at Sin City Comedy at V Theater in Planet Hollywood’s Miracle Mile. … The 2nd Annual Elvis Rocks Mesquite convention and car show with 40 Elvis tribute artists take over Casablanca Resort up 1-15 in Mesquite for the next three days.
Our Weekend Celebrity Preview as Britney Spears arrives on The Strip runs down every show on and off The Strip this weekend, including the three-day Electric Daisy Carnival, plus a photo gallery of Shaquille O’Neal as he attends his official retirement party at the Palms, and Jersey Shore’s Pauly D arrives to start his new DJ residency.
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