Robin Leach

Strip Scribbles: Mike Tyson, Melissa Rycroft and Miss Universe Pageant

The VIP grand opening of “Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth — Live on Stage” at MGM Grand on Saturday, April 14, 2012.
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Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth VIP Grand Opening

Melissa Rycroft, Tony Dovolani Win 'DWTS'

The 2010 Miss Universe Pageant

Heavyweight boxing legend and Las Vegas resident Mike Tyson sets off on a tour Feb. 12 through April 4 of his one-man show “Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth” with stops in L.A., San Diego, Niagara Falls and everywhere in between.

Mike’s show is directed by filmmaker Spike Lee, who masterminded the fighter’s successful Broadway run after its Las Vegas debut in April. My two-part, no-hold’s-barred interview with Mike was posted before his show premiered at MGM Grand.

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‘DWTS’ CHAMPION CROWNED: Congratulations to Las Vegas regular Melissa Rycroft on her victory Tuesday night with pro partner Tony Dovolani on the all-star Season 15 of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.

Melissa, who with husband Tye Strickland, calls the Venetian and Palazzo a second home, defeated Season 1 champion Kelly Monaco (“General Hospital,” “Peepshow”), who placed third with Val Chmerkovskiy, and Season 8 and Olympic champion Shawn Johnson partnered again with Derek Hough.

Melissa will celebrate her win at the Venetian after a jet-set whirlwind of publicity stops starting today.

PAGEANT PRINCESSES: Here’s the first event scheduled for the 89 Miss Universe Pageant contestants who start arriving here this weekend. The official kickoff begins with a fashion runway show at Planet Hollywood on Dec. 6. The glamour girls will wear their gowns on a catwalk to introduce themselves, and the public is welcome. They also will film a behind-the-scenes tour with “Jubilee!” at Bally’s, with NBC recording the high-kicking lineup.

The preliminary pageant is set for Dec. 13 and the global telecast Dec. 19. Expect the holiday season to be “well embraced” on the telecast. Pure at Caesars Palace will host a party for the contestants. Reigning Miss Universe Leila Lopes will join pageant queen and Miss USA exec Shanna Moakler and 2011 Miss Nevada Jade Kelsall on Dec. 4 at Michael Boychuck’s salon Color in Caesars.


Pop quartet Under the Streetlamp perform the American Radio Songbook from the 1950s through ’70s at Reynolds Hall in the Smith Center for the Performing Arts.

Nearby in Cabaret Jazz, Broadway composer Frank Wildhorn is joined by Jane Monheit and our hometown hero Clint Holmes for two nights.

The Holiday Mingle & Jingle at Fashion Show mall benefits AFAN, Make A Wish and After School Stars.

It’s a walk down memory lane with a 1980s party and premiere performance of “Legwarmers” in Planet Hollywood’s Miracle Mile Shops.

Backstage Bar and Billiards Lounge, a new entertainment nightlife attraction downtown, celebrates with its grand-opening party and unveiling.


A preview of Shania Twain’s grand opening this weekend at Caesars, plus CeeLo Green premieres his Christmas show recorded at Planet Hollywood and the results of chef Carla Pellegrino’s battle with the beef on Bravo’s “Top Chef Seattle.” And hundreds of runners are invading town for the Opportunity Village Great Santa Run on Saturday and the Zappos Las Vegas Marathon on Sunday.

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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