Las Vegas stars are appearing in the two seasons of filming of celebrity Chef Gordon Ramsay’s long-running Fox hit Hell’s Kitchen at the Paris. Planet Hollywood headliner Holly Madison turns up in Season 9, and Luxor headliner Carrot Top is in Season 10. Gordon had Rio headliner magicians Penn & Teller and the gorgeous Jubilee! dancers from Bally’s trick two cheftestants while unveiling a tough judging contest onstage at Barry Manilow’s theater at the Paris yesterday, as we reported exclusively right here at Vegas DeLuxe.
Gordon made his surprise appearance in a reveal from Penn & Teller’s magic box where Teller was first sawed in half. The show also featured judges Chefs Michel Richard, Francois Payard, Julian Serrano and Wolfgang Puck, who broke the tied contest, plus Stuart Gillies, Gordon’s head chef who will oversee the Gordon Ramsay Steakhouse to be opened later this year at the Paris. Here’s a YouTube video of Stuart with Gordon -- but be forewarned that there’s some adult language.
Gordon and Stuart told our audience of 1,500 about the new steakhouse that we first reported last December. The Las Vegas filming yesterday will be added to the live Season 10 finale to be aired next January, while Season 9 starts next month. It’s believed that when the two finalists cook and serve their final dinner to determine the winner, one of them will win the plum assignment of leading Gordon’s chef team here, with future Hell’s Kitchen episodes filmed here, too.
Meantime, what else does Gordon have up his sleeves for Las Vegas? I’m digging into wicked whispers and racy rumors that he’s got plans well along for other major projects on the Strip, too.
*As nightclub czar Cy Waits arrived in Las Vegas yesterday to work on the 2011 Electric Daisy Carnival at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Paris Hilton appeared on The George Lopez Show and announced that her yearlong romance with Cy was over. “We’re not together anymore. I love him, and we remain really good friends. I feel like the relationship ran its course, but we’ll see what happens.”
The two had been in recorded spats on her new reality TV series The World According to Paris, but some insiders say the breakup is temporary and a ratings booster. Days before the split, she said of Cy: “We’re best friends. Being friends with the person you’re in a relationship with is the best advice. By being honest and loyal and really being there for each other is what makes it work.” Paris arrives here Friday to attend EDC, so we still might see them together.
*Yesterday, we told you about Keenan Cahill’s new lip syncing of Brian Evans’s “At Fenway Park,” now with 60,000 views an hour and rising. We’ve since learned that Keenan shot another video with New Kids on the Block star Joe McIntyre when both were at the Palms. “Please Don’t Go Girl” has just been posted to YouTube; the video was shot at Studio at the Palms. NKOTB has a tour date with The Backstreet Boys at Mandalay Bay Events Center on July 3.
*It’s difficult to believe that the second anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death is Saturday. To mark the somber occasion, he has been named The Greatest Singer of All Time in a New Musical Express poll published today. Fans voted him a score of 9.02 out of 10, beating Queen frontman Freddie Mercury by 0.7 points, while Elvis Presley placed third, scoring 7.7.
*Good luck to celebrity stylist Kristie Gulia-Jelinksy, who works for hair guru Michael Boychuck at his AMP Salon in the Palms. The mother of two who is making her mark as a youth advocate and philanthropist just won her first pageant title as Mrs. Nevada Trails 2010. Now she will compete for the title of Mrs. Nevada in the February 2012 pageant. Kristie’s daughter Morgan is the current Nevada Princess, and the two lovely young ladies will cook dinner this weekend for families and children at Ronald McDonald House. On Aug. 20, they team again at The M Resort with former Mrs. Nevada Susie Monahan for Project Teddy to donate funds for hospitalized children battling cancer.
*To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Hard Rock International, a memorabilia tour has rolled across country in a museum-on-wheels bus that arrives today on The Strip for a two-day visit at Hard Rock Cafe on The Strip. The interactive 53-foot-long traveling collection displays a 40-year history of rock music. It all began with just one red Fender guitar donated by Eric Clapton, and now Hard Rock Cafes across the world showcase 70,000 pieces. The bus features the Jimi Hendrix Flying V guitar, Freddie Mercury’s spandex stage outfits, handwritten John Lennon lyrics, Michael Jackson’s Beat It” jacket and much more.
Vancouver Canucks star Ryan Kesler dined at N9NE Steakhouse at the Palms, while Far East Movement and UFC President Dana White and friends partied upstairs at Moon. … Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown hosted a celebration at Lavo at the Palazzo and was joined by his wife Nicole, Teddy Purcell and Martin St. Louis of the Tampa Bay Lightning, L.A. Kings President and NHL legend Luc Robitaille, Cory Schneider and Kesler of the Vancouver Canucks and director Jason Reitman. … No Ordinary Family actor Jimmy Bennet enjoyed a late dinner with family and friends at Sugar Factory American Brasserie at the Paris. … Nervo, the Aussie twin sisters DJs, performed their electro-pop sound last night at Blush at the Wynn. The sexy siblings, who are opening as DJs for Britney Spears on her Femme Fatale Tour (with a stop this Saturday at MGM Grand Garden Arena), have joined the 2011 DJ residency lineup at Wynn and Encore in a partnership with Encore Beach Club, Surrender, Tryst and XS.
Mary Wilson starts her Life’s Been Good to Me run through July 3 at the Riviera. … Mark Curry performs his stand-up at the Las Vegas Hilton through July 10. … Ryan Leslie hosts at LAX at the Luxor, where he’s expected to perform tracks from his upcoming debut album Les Is More. … And Slick Rick hosts Lavo’s Old School.
We’ll have a full report, with photos and videos, of the 2011 NHL Awards at the Palms; a preview of the Britney Spears and Rebecca Romijn parties at Club Nikki at the Tropicana on Saturday; and a preview of EDC that runs Friday through 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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