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Strip Scribbles: Is ‘Dancing With the Stars’ at Tropicana on again?

Kendra Wilkinson and Louis Van Amstel on Dancing With the Stars on March 28, 2011.
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It’s been an on-again-off-again story for “Dancing With the Stars Live” at the Tropicana with its revolving cast of fan-favorite dance professionals. First, it was rumored for a March premiere, but that was canceled not once but twice as financing faltered from the hotel and promoters as production costs for the stage show soared.

One of the “DWTS” stars even confirmed that the show he’d helped choreograph and stage couldn’t get funding and would instead go “out on a road tour.” But late last week, it supposedly got the green light go-ahead again.

Now thanks to BBC producers, who created and control worldwide distribution of the hit ABC show, “Dancing With the Stars Live” is rumored to premiere at the Tropicana this spring, maybe as early as the end of April or beginning of May. It will reportedly start with a guaranteed 12-week run.

In a sense, it’s taxpayers in England who will pick up the Las Vegas production tab, as they have to buy licenses to watch television, with those funds earmarked for programs and production promotions. It’s a Las Vegas bet because if the live show is a giant hit at the box office, then the BBC wins back its investment with a handsome profit.

Season 14 of ABC’s “DWTS” begins Feb. 28 when the celebrity cast is announced on “Good Morning America.” Then rehearsals start March 3 for the pro dancers and their partners, with the premiere March 19. The dance pros -- as we previously reported -- will rotate and revolve on their quick commutes between Los Angeles and Las Vegas as the TV season with its eliminated contestants progresses.

LADY GAGA’S NEW TOUR: It looks fairly certain that Lady Gaga will make a Las Vegas stop during the first three months of next year with her new world tour “The Born This Way Ball.” She’s scheduled for 110 shows, starting in South Korea on April 27 and then into North America in January.

The 25-year-old singer has unveiled the tour’s promo campaign, which features her ghostly, gothic face over a medieval castle that will serve as her stage set. Another photo of her shows her underneath a transparent plastic wrap wearing just a hat and her lace-up platform boots. Her “Monster Ball” tour played to more than 2.5 million fans with 200 dates from 2009 to 2011. It included two Las Vegas stops and grossed $200 million.

TAPING FOR ALI TRIBUTE: Sports legends Warren Sapp, John Salley and Jim Brown will film in the Caesars Palace sports book for Fox Sports on Monday at 9 a.m., and guests are invited to attend as audience members. In keeping with the Muhammad Ali star-studded 70th birthday salute at MGM Grand Garden Arena this weekend, the TV special celebrates the boxer’s accomplishments and his influence in the black community.

The original ring in which Ali and Larry Holmes fought will be on display for the TV shoot. On Thursday, the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition models pay tribute to Ali with a photo shoot inside the ring, the site of the first mega-fight held on a casino property. The bikini beauties will pose with an 8-foot S.I. magazine cover that featured Ali.

VALENTINE’S DAY VOWS: Seven lucky winning couples, including one from Las Vegas, have won a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to marry or renew their vows at the opening of the Mob Museum downtown on Tuesday -- Valentine’s Day. The couples: Carl Medeiros and Lorie Lesieur of Pawtucket, R.I., who will wed, and, renewing their vows, Cynthia and Troy Weekley of Upland, Calif.; Jeffrey and Lori Widener of Auburn, Wash.; William and Elizabeth Bradley of Harrisburg, Pa.; Thomas and Victoria Luginbill of San Luis Obispo, Calif.; Fred and Ivy Pellerito of Belton, Mo.; and Paul and Joanna Harwood of Las Vegas.

Our Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority are treating the couples with flights and a two-night stay at the El Cortez, once owned by Bugsy Siegel. After the wedding ceremony conducted by former Mayor Oscar Goodman inside the Mob Museum that includes flowers by Gaia and a photo package, the couples will enjoy a champagne brunch at Mob Bar and a $250 shopping spree at Fashion Show.


“Jersey Shore” reality TV studs Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino and Pauly “DJ Pauly D” Delvecchio are switching to new Las Vegas nightclub DJ duties this week, and we have interviews with both MTV stars. The fun starts Monday with our one-on-one, candid conversation with the Situation at RPM Nightclub in the Tropicana, and we follow Wednesday with Pauly, who is at Vanity in the Hard Rock Hotel.

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