Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013 | 11:43 p.m.
It was a whirlwind Las Vegas visit for Lance Bass of ’N Sync fame thanks to his radio show and his mom. Diane Bass wanted to see the Home Shopping Network production featuring singer Michael Bolton at The Venetian.
Lance also recorded his Sirius satellite radio show “Dirty Top” with Chippendales at The Rio and “The Amazing Race” stars Jaymes Vaughan and James Davis, plus Flamingo headliner comedian George Wallace and Luxor headliner comedian Carrot Top.
“That meant three shows in the same night,” laughed Lance. “From Michael Bolton, we went to Carrot Top at the Luxor and then onto Chippendales at The Rio.” Lance, Diane and boyfriend Michael Turchin looked more than happy to pose with the hunks at The Rio.
The tables were turned on Lance when he wound up on the debut of “PH 360,” which engaged “American Idol” couple Ace Young and Diana DeGarmo hosted from Extra Lounge at Planet Hollywood. “PH 360” will become a regular interview show on Hallmark with Ace and Diana at Extra.
While at The Venetian, Lance, his mom and boyfriend dined at Rattlecan. While in town, they also watched “The Beatles’ Love” at The Mirage. It was Lance’s first visit to the production, and afterward he went backstage to congratulate the cast.
We’ll have coverage of Michael at The Venetian with Smokey Robinson on Thursday.
CAR SALE: Chippendales stars Jaymes and James, runners-up on last season’s 21st edition of CBS’ “The Amazing Race,” have reached $30,000 in fundraising and are accepting donations at ForgetCancerNow.com.
The best friends also are still trying to sell the two cars -- 2013 Ford Escapes -- they won on the show to donate those funds to Jaymes’ dad in his fight against a rare form of cancer. The heroic hunks hosted the weekend “Amazing Race” video slots tournament at Palms, which was won by Jerry Daniels.
Fans lined up to get autographs and photos with the two before the race started -- and ended in finding a hidden suitcase on the casino floor. Season 22 of “The Amazing Race” premieres Sunday.
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Carnival lasts all year at the Rio. With a float occasionally passing overhead and dropping beads while feathered dancers fire up the gamblers below, the Rio tries to keep its 120,000-square foot casino jumping with excitement. Special Brazilian mixed-drinks are also served throughout the casino. The hotel suites tend to be larger than similar priced rooms on the Strip and many offer excellent views with floor to ceiling windows.
The Rio offers some quality shows like "Penn & Teller" and "Chippendales." Many come to the Rio for the nightlife at the VooDoo Lounge, located on the 51st floor, or McFadden's Irish Pub on the casino level.
Others come for a bit relaxation at the Rio Spa or pool area and still others come to shop at the hotel's 60,000 square feet of shops. In each of these endeavors, the Rio attempts to make the experience a bit more fun and spontaneous.
The Rio also offers guests a variety of dining choices from all-American food at the All-American Bar & Grille to Gaylord India Restaurant for something a little spicier and even Carnival World Buffet for the indecisive.
Palms Casino Resort has come a long way since its "Real World" debut in 2002. The boutique property features three distinct towers and a diverse mix of bars and restaurants across a 95,000-square-foot casino.
Palms, which features more than 1,200 rooms and fantasy suites, is currently undergoing a multi-million dollar transformation that will encompass an Ivory Tower room and suite redesign, new culinary additions, re-imagined gaming spaces and new, distinctive nightlife experiences.
In addition to newly designed rooms, during the first phase of the renovation, Palms will welcome Heraea, a high-energy American restaurant and lounge, and XISHI, a pan-Asian restaurant and lounge.
Fantasy Suites include the Hardwood Suite, the only hotel room in the world with its own basketball court.
Other amenities include the all-new Cantor Gaming® race and sports book, one of the few sports books in Las Vegas to include a poker room; SOCIAL; Scarlet; Chocolat Bistro; tonic bar; ghostbar; Pearl Concert Theater; Moon Nightclub; N9NE Steakhouse; Nove Italiano; Simon Restaurant & Lounge; Palms Pool & Bungalows; Kim Vō Salon; Drift Spa & Hammam; Brenden Theatres, a 14-theatre cineplex and more than 60,000 square-feet of meeting space.