Sunday, June 9, 2013 | 9:10 p.m.
Ian Ziering and Chippendales at The Rio
Actor Ian Ziering — fans will know him forever as Steve Sanders from “Beverly Hills, 90210” — is ripped, hunky and handsome at age 49. I hope to look like him when I reach that age; heck, I wish that I looked like him now.
Ziering, following in the cuffs and collars of celebrity guest hosts including Jake Pavelka and Jeff Timmons, celebrated his official grand opening Saturday night in Chippendales at The Rio with two shows, and he proved to be a sizzling and sexy guest host and performer, ripping off his T-shirt and easily fitting in with the cast of hunks.
Highlights and thoughts from Saturday night:
* This was my fourth time seeing the show for work, and it’s hotter than ever. The three ladies — all brides-to-be volunteers during the audience-participation segment “Chipp Shot” — were the raunchiest of my four times at the show, as Nathan Minor’s banana will attest.
* All the dancers are supreme specimens, but the favorites in my area of bachelorettes, media and guests: Charming host Jaymes Vaughan of “The Amazing Race” fame; Chippendale Dad Nathan Minor; Finnish superhero Sami Eskelin; newcomer blond beefcake Gavin McHale; and super-sexy and -sweet Jon Howes.
* From Ziering onstage: “TMZ?” Then he ripped off his white tank top to show off his buff bod. “Bite me!” (In reference to the media outlet referring to him as “chunky” a few months ago.)
Shouted from the audience numerous times: “Steve! Do you still love Kelly?!” (It’s a “90210” reference.) The after-party, and before the 10:30 p.m. show, was at The Wine Cellar in the basement of nearby Cafe Martorano. I’d never been there; it’s a cool spot, and I would return there, as I would to Chippendales.
Ziering’s debut in the show was Thursday night, and he’ll be hosting and performing in Chippendales from Thursdays through Sundays through June 30. Check back this week for Robin Leach’s report with Ziering from Saturday night; I was at the 8 p.m. show, Mr. Leach at the 10:30 p.m. performance.
Thanks to Denise Truscello of WireImage for her sexy photo gallery of Ziering and the Chippendales and to Richard Corey for his video posted on YouTube.
Don Chareunsy is editor of Vegas DeLuxe and senior editor for arts and entertainment of the Las Vegas Sun.
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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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.