Friday, June 17, 2011 | 1:34 p.m.
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Peepshow headliner Holly Madison is one of the celebrities walking Sunday’s red carpet for the 60th anniversary 2011 Miss USA Pageant with 35 Miss USA titleholders. Holly joins the reigning 2010 Miss Universe Jimena Navarrette and 2010 Miss USA Rima Fakih, who will turn over the crown at the Planet Hollywood competition to the new winner.
Also making appearances will be British platinum-recording rapper Tinie Tempah, who will perform on the NBC telecast, and 98 Degrees founder and singer Jeff Timmons, currently headlining at Chippendales at the Rio and this year’s co-host of the Miss USA official welcoming at Planet Hollywood with Rima on June 6.
Miss USA officials this morning have confirmed the seven judges who will vote to determine the new Miss USA. As we reported exclusively here at Vegas DeLuxe yesterday, they include Tyson Chandler of the 2011 NBA champion Dallas Mavericks and Rio headliner Penn Jillette of Penn & Teller.
The other judges are my pal Chef Rocco DiSpirito; longtime friend actress, writer and model Mariel Hemingway; rapper and record producer Lil Jon, who was on pageant owner Donald Trump’s recent Celebrity Apprentice and is a regular DJ at Steve Wynn’s Encore and Wynn resorts; Caroline Manzo from Bravo’s The Real Housewives of New Jersey; and Suzy Weiss-Fischmann, co-founder of the OPI nail lacquer products the contestants wear.
The hosts, as we have previously reported, are E! News anchor Giuliana Rancic, Bravo onscreen star and program chief Andy Cohen, with Kelly Osbourne, host of E!’s Fashion Police, backstage with the contestants and newly added MTV VJ Susie Castillo, who also is the 2003 Miss USA and a Neutrogena model.
We’ll be reporting via Twitter from the red carpet and the pageant itself and via live blog Sunday, and then moments after the crowning, post the first photos of the new Miss USA -- and then return Monday with her first video interview.
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