Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012 | 12:37 p.m.
It was as feared and exactly as Wynn sports book chief Johnny Avello predicted. Former Las Vegas magic show headliner, pinup queen and “Baywatch” babe Pamela Anderson was the first contestant sent home from the all-star Season 15 of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” with the lowest vote score of 17. She fought back tears after the judges noted that she hadn’t liked the long rehearsals with pro partner Tristan MacManus.
For the first time, the “DWTS” juggernaut didn’t win its time slot, while the new drama “Vegas” on CBS with Dennis Quaid playing legendary Las Vegas lawman Ralph Lamb won its 10 p.m. time period.
As we reported Monday, Johnny doesn’t hold out much hope for the Las Vegas-linked contestants on the show, and he’s predicting that two of next week’s Bottom Three will be Joey Fatone and Kelly Monaco. Kelly opened “Peepshow” at Planet Hollywood before Holly Madison stepped into her role as Bo Peep, and former ’N Sync member Joey, who hosted “The Price Is Right Live” at Bally’s, was in “Dancing With the Stars: Live in Las Vegas” at the Tropicana.
Odds posted -- solely for entertainment purposes -- have Joey, partnered with Kym Johnson again, at 35 to 1, and Kelly, partnered with Val Chmerkovskiy, at 25 to 1. Johnny predicts that those two might just scrape by next week and that Bristol Palin, with odds of 45 to 1 and paired with Mark Ballas again, will be axed on the second show.
Tropicana headliner Sabrina Bryan, teamed with Louis Van Amstel, is a 10-to-1 favorite and should safely last a few weeks until the final three probably shake out to be Emmitt Smith (with Cheryl Burke), Apolo Ohno (with Karina Smirnoff) and Gilles Marini (with Peta Murgatroyd). Hometown pro dancers Chelsie Hightower, partnered with racecar driver Helio Castroneves, and Derek Hough, teamed with Shawn Johnson, aren’t on Johnny’s winning list, but he thinks they’ll stick around for at least six weeks of competition.
Pamela Anderson and Tristan MacManus
Tristan, who partnered last season with our hometown soul queen Gladys Knight, said after the show: “She’s obviously disappointed. We both are. Nobody wants to go home first. Pam wanted to tell that story in the dance, and it didn’t go as well as we would have liked. We didn’t get a lot of rehearsal time, but we can’t use that as an excuse.”
Our thanks to Adam Taylor of ABC for his photo gallery of the exciting dance-floor action, with blonde bombshell Pamela shining in her sexy and glamorous outfit. Even with Justin Bieber, who is headlining at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, performing, the results show lost to CBS’ “NCIS,” which clobbered everyone. The premiere of “Vegas” didn’t fare quite as well but still won its time slot handily.
CBS won across the board for the night with 17 million viewers, easily beating ABC with 9.9 million and NBC with 7 million. “Vegas” scored a 2.5 rating but was the network’s lowest-rated Tuesday drama premiere since “Century City” in 2004. “NCIS” at 8 p.m. grabbed 20 million viewers and at 9 p.m. had 16 million viewers. “Vegas” had 14 million, and “DWTS” had 11.5 million.
Amazing Avello has consistently chosen the winners of “DWTS,” other reality TV shows and beauty pageants in recent years. Next up for the Las Vegas cheering squad is Sunday’s “Amazing Race” Season 21 premiere on CBS featuring Jaymes Vaughan and James Davis, two dancers in Chippendales at the Rio. “The Amazing Race” won its ninth Emmy Award (in the past 10 years) on Sunday night. Check out this sneak preview as the teams set out to travel 25,000 miles in nine countries -- and eat an unusual dessert in Shanghai.
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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