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The stars were shining this past weekend in Las Vegas as the biggest names in daytime TV were honored and a new Miss USA was crowned.
At the Daytime Emmy Awards held at the Las Vegas Hilton, stars such as Rachael Ray and Anderson Cooper were on hand to walk the red carpet (see our photo gallery on Las Vegas' official Facebook page), and at the 2011 Miss USA Pageant at Planet Hollywood, former NFL great Marcus Allen, recording artist Tinie Tempah and DJ/producer Lil Jon (who has a residency at Surrender inside Encore at Wynn Las Vegas) appeared on the red carpet. Check out more pics in our Facebook gallery and here's a few words about Vegas from 2010 Miss USA Rima Fikah hours before she gave up her crown.
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Note: This is the sixth and final in a series of blogs leading up to the Miss USA 2011 competition on June 19 at Planet Hollywood. In this entry, reigning Miss USA Rima Fakih gives us her views on Las Vegas.
Q: What are you most excited about seeing and doing in Las Vegas?
A: I'm mostly excited to go back to Planet Hollywood where my dreams came true. I'm also excited to see all the hot contestants.
Q: If you had to pick five things to pack in your suitcase for a trip to Vegas, what would they be?
A: Five things I would pack for Vegas: three swimsuits, my iPod and sunglasses.
Q: What is the first thing you want to do when you get off the plane in Vegas?
A: First thing I want to do when I get off the plane in Vegas is run to the nearest slot machine at the airport. I hit $500 one time before I boarded a plane home to Michigan!
Q: What might you wear in Vegas that you wouldn't wear back home?
A: I have a sparkly hot-pink tube top that I only wear in Vegas. It would be way too much anywhere else!
Q: If you had only one night in Vegas, which nightclub would you choose?
A: I haven't really experienced Vegas nightclubs, YET! When I do I would love to go to XS Nightclub at Encore at Wynn Las Vegas and reserve a cabana.
Q: Who would be your dream date(s) for a night out in Vegas?
A: My dream date in Vegas would be Frank Sinatra and I would ask him to sing me my favorite song, "New York, New York." My second choice would be Robert De Niro because one of my favorite movies is "Casino."
Q: What's the best pool in Vegas?
A: I haven't been there yet, but I would love to go to Hard Rock Hotel's pool and hang out in one of their Tahitian-style cabanas.
Q: What's the most unique experience you've had in Las Vegas?
A: Oh this question is easy! The most unique experience I've had in Vegas is the night I won Miss USA 2010!
Q: What's the one thing in Las Vegas you can't miss?
A: I would not want to miss a Cirque du Soleil show. It always leaves me breathless!
Q: What is the best advice you can give to a first-timer in Las Vegas?
A: The best advice I could give a first-timer in Las Vegas would be to BRING sunblock lotion because the sun is shining all day. Also, 5-hour ENERGY shots because you want to stay up all night and enjoy the Vegas Strip.
Q: If you could live at any Las Vegas resort, which one would you choose?
A: If I could choose one resort to live in, it would be the Palms. It is beautiful and exotic!
Images courtesy of Miss Universe Organization
The 51 contestants who will be vying for the 2011 Miss USA crown at Planet Hollywood on June 19 are already in Las Vegas preparing for the event, and tonight you can get a firsthand look at the pageant hopefuls at Tao Nightclub inside The Venetian.
Kick your weekend off with the famous Ditch Fridays party at the Palms pool. This week, relax poolside as DJ Jazzy Jeff provides the musical entertainment.
Renowned recording artist Ciara performs Friday night at Chateau Nightclub & Gardens at Paris Las Vegas, and Chris Mintz-Plasse's birthday party at Gallery inside Planet Hollywood is sure to be a superbad, kickass affair and you can also enjoy the sounds of DJ Cobra spinning at Haze inside ARIA in the heart of City Center.
Celebrate more celebrity birthdays on Saturday as Chateau hosts a party for Juliette Lewis and Pure inside Caesars Palace is the site of Kendra Wilkinson's birthday festivities. Over at Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub at The Cosmopolitan, famed spinmaster Kaskade is manning the decks pumping out his signature sound.
Another exciting weekend of celebrities and the world's top DJs. Join the party in Vegas!