Al Powers / PowersImagery.com
Monday, April 21, 2014 | 1:34 a.m.
Singer Jason Derulo, whose current song “Talk Dirty” is among the biggest in the nation, hosted and performed at the season opening of Tao Beach on Saturday afternoon in the Venetian.
Derulo walked the red carpet in a black tank top and red track pants (both normally verboten at dayclubs but OK for a celebrity host) alongside girlfriend and “American Idol” Season 6 winner Jordin Sparks, who wore a striped bikini.
Taking over the mic and stage, Derulo told the crowd that they were “kicking off summertime right” at Tao Beach. The singer’s daytime setlist included “Whatcha Say,” “Ridin’ Solo,” “In My Head,” “Don’t Wanna Go Home,” “The Other Side” and “Talk Dirty.” After several champagne showers, Derulo performed his new single “Wiggle” from his new album, “Talk Dirty.”
Joining the season-opening party and celebrating her 21st birthday: Olympic slopestyle skiing silver medalist Devin Logan, who was joined by fellow Olympians Kaitlyn Farrington, Travis Jayner, Rebecca Torr and Peter Adam Crook, as well as X Games medalists Tom Wallisch and Jen Hudak.
Logan handed her medal to Derulo, who wore it around his neck onstage. Sparks grabbed Logan after the performance and invited her to take a celebratory birthday shot with Derulo and her. The trio posed for photographs, and Derulo and Sparks wished Logan a “Happy Birthday.” Upon returning to her cabana, the birthday girl was presented with a three-tier cake decorated with an edible silver medal and pair of skiis.
Also at Tao Beach: “True Blood” hunk Ryan Kwanten, Emily Osment of “Hannah Montana” (she’s the sister of Haley Joel Osment) and Rex Lee of “Entourage.” The group was seen dancing in their VIP cabana.
On Saturday evening, Derulo, Sparks and her father, Phillippi Sparks, dined at Tao to celebrate Phillippi’s birthday and Derulo’s new album. The group enjoyed a round of Kamikaze shots, Derulo led the table in singing “Happy Birthday,” and the entourage enjoyed satay of Chilean sea bass with wok-roasted asparagus, orange chicken, Kobe beef sirloin and a platter of desserts.
Derulo pose for photographs with fans before heading upstairs to the nightclub to celebrate his “Talk Dirty” official album release party. Derulo, Sparks and a group of friends, including singer JoJo, took over a VIP table overlooking the dance floor.
It was deja vu for dayclubbers, as Derulo performed “Talk Dirty,” “Don’t Wanna Go Home,” “Ridin’ Solo,” “In My Head” and more. The singer returned to his VIP table and was presented with a cake celebrating the album’s release. The couple sipped champagne and danced with friends to the sounds of DJ Vice.
Thanks to Al Powers of Powers Imagery for his photo gallery of Derulo at Tao Beach and Tao.
Don Chareunsy is senior editor for arts and entertainment of the Las Vegas Sun.
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