Celebrity Hot Spot Caesars Palace hosts Justin Bieber, Calvin Harris, Quest Love and more

Caesars Palace

Celebrity Hot Spot Caesars Palace hosts Justin Bieber, Calvin
Harris, Quest Love and more


Justin Bieber stays in $35,000 a Night Nobu Villa at Caesars Palace


Caesars Palace played host to a large group of celebrities at the iconic resort for the opening weekend of OMNIA Nightclub. Celebrities in attendance included famed pop-star Justin Bieber, renowned DJ Calvin Harris, Quest Love, David Arquette and more.
Interior with Pool Table

Justin Bieber
While in Las Vegas on Saturday, March 14, to celebrate his belated 21st birthday and mark the opening weekend of the new OMNIA Nightclub and Heart of OMNIA at Caesars Palace, global phenomenon and award-winning recording artist, Justin Bieber enjoyed lavish accommodations at the world’s first Nobu Hotel Caesars Palace. The chart-topping sensation stayed in the 10,300 square-feet Nobu Villa. Available as part of the Anthology Suites & Villas program for direct guest booking for approximately $35,000 a night, Bieber enjoyed the sweeping views from the 4,700 square-feet outdoor terrace overlooking the center of the Las Vegas Strip where Bieber and his group celebrated until the early morning hours. The singer/songwriter also enjoyed the Nobu Villa amenities by ordering in room dining and spending time in the media and game room which includes a custom billiard table. The Nobu Villa is available by booking www.anthologysuites.com

Exterior Sky Deck view of the Las  Vegas Strip

Calvin Harris: Quest Love & Kris Jenner
International DJ Calvin Harris, and Quest Love enjoyed luxurious accommodations at Caesars Palace while performing to massive crowds at OMNIA Nightclub. Reality mogul Kris Jenner celebrated Justin’s Birthday at Heart of OMNIA and stayed in the lavish Octavius Tower.

David Arquette: Oliver Trevena and Frankie Delgado
Actor David Arquette took full advantage of the plethora of dining options available at Caesars Palace while attending opening weekend of Las Vegas’ newest club, OMNIA. On Friday, March 13, Arquette started his night with drinks made by the master mixologists at Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill. On Saturday, March 14 Arquette and his party enjoyed both New York classics, Old Homestead and Rao’s. At Rao’s, Arquette was joined by actor and host Oliver Trevena. The group enjoyed the famous meatballs, baked clams, Fritto Misto and a variety of pasta and entrees. Also dining at Rao’s was Frankie Delgado of “The Hills.”

About Caesars Palace
World-renowned Las Vegas hotel and casino, Caesars Palace features 3,960 hotel guest rooms and suites, including the 181-room Nobu Hotel Caesars Palace and Forbes Star Award-winning The Laurel Collection by Caesars Palace. The 85-acre resort offers 25 diverse dining options including the award-winning Bacchanal Buffet, as well as celebrity chef-branded restaurants by Gordon Ramsay, Bobby Flay, Nobu Matsuhisa, Guy Savoy, and opening Spring 2015, Searsucker Las Vegas, the restaurant from celebrity chef and “Top Chef” finalist Brian Malarkey. The resort also features nearly 130,000 square-feet of casino space, a five-acre Garden of the Gods pool oasis, the luxurious Qua Baths & Spa and the new 75,000 square-foot OMNIA Nightclub. The 4,300-seat Colosseum, Billboard Magazine’s Venue of the Decade, spotlights world-class entertainers including Elton John, Rod Stewart, Reba, Brooks & Dunn, Mariah Carey and Jerry Seinfeld. The Forum Shops at Caesars showcase more than 160 boutiques and restaurants. For more information, please visitwww.caesarspalace.com. Find Caesars Palace on Facebook and follow on Twitter.

Photos: Kim Kardashian West Celebrates Her Birthday at TAO Las Vegas

Kim Kardashian West celebrated her 34th birthday at TAO Las Vegas on Friday along with friends, family and husband Kanye West. The entire group, which included Kris Jenner, Khloe Kardashian, Malika and Khadijah Haqq, Robin Antin, Jonathan Cheban and Simon Huck took in Kanye’s performance at the Life Is Beautiful music festival in downtown Las Vegas before heading to the birthday celebration. Kim arrived on the red carpet looking stunning in a plunging white Alexandre Vauthier dress, paired with Givenchy shoes. While on the red carpet, Kim was surprised by the massive group of fans that had gathered as they sang “Happy Birthday” to her. Khloe interacted with the fans as Kim walked the red carpet and Kanye signed a copy of the couple’s cover of Vogue magazine.

 

The entire group then made their way upstairs into TAO Nightclub where they were met with the screams of the crowd as well as a shower of confetti and illuminated signs spelling out the birthday girl’s name waiting at their VIP table on the dance floor. Also waiting at their VIP table and dispersed throughout the packed house were paper fans featuring Kim’s face as it is seen in her wildly successful app game “Kim Kardashian: Hollywood.” The celebrations quickly kicked off as Kim was surprised with a special birthday presentation featuring TAO’s mirror man along with a custom four-tier cake from Gimme Some Sugar as her husband’s song “Bound 2” rang out. DJ Eric D-Lux kept the party going, dropping several of Kanye’s hits to which Kim and sister Khloe sang along and danced to.

Also spotted at TAO was LA Dodgers’ Matt Kemp, who came over to Kim’s table at one point to say hello to the family.

Earlier that evening, Khloe Kardashian and Kris Jenner dined at TAO Asian Bistro with friends. From the restaurant’s private dining room the group enjoyed signature dishes including satay of Chilean sea bass, Yellowtail sashimi with jalapeño, peking duck and spicy tuna tartare on crispy rice.

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Photos: Kim Kardashian Celebrates Her Birthday at TAO

Friday night Kim Kardashian celebrated her 33rd birthday at TAO in Las Vegas surrounded by friends, family and fiancé Kanye West.  The birthday girl took in West’s concert before heading to TAO for the celebration.  Fans, who had gathered hours earlier, surrounded the red carpet to catch a glimpse of Kim, Kanye and the group, which included mom Kris Jenner, sisters Khloe and Kourtney, Scott Disick, Glee’s Naya Rivera, rapper Tyga and his girlfriend Blac Chyna, Jonathan Cheban, Simon Houck and Robin Antin.

Looking stunning in a white top and skirt Kim shared that she had purchased the outfit in Paris while she was very pregnant and was excited that she had gotten her pre-baby body back so she could wear it on her birthday.   “I feel amazing.  It is such a good feeling –  just a dream come true,” Kim said when congratulated on her engagement to West.

They made their way into TAO Nightclub and the crowd cheered, kicking off the birthday bash where costumed dancers lined the catwalk behind a row of VIP tables on the dance floor.  The festivities quickly got under way as 33 bottles of Ace of Spades Champagne were delivered along with a custom cake from Gimme Some Sugar that was topped with a giant sugar replica of her 15 carat diamond engagement ring and a compass displaying the initials of daughter North West.  TAO’s bottle fairy flew through the air above as confetti rained down and everyone toasted to the birthday girl.

As the night continued, Kim was surprised with a montage of photos flashing on the screen above the DJ booth creating a Flashback Friday of memories from her previous celebrations at TAO.  DJ Five kept the party going, dropping some of Kanye and Tyga’s club anthems, which had everyone dancing and singing along.  Tyga later got on the mic to entertain the packed club and even Kim grabbed the mic to shout out to the partiers in the club.  Chris Rock also joined the table later in the night.

Also spotted at TAO was Faith Hill, who took over a sky box overlooking the club with a group of girlfriends.  The country star danced with glow sticks and partied the night away.

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Photo credit: Denise Truscello

Kim Kardashian Celebrates her Birthday at TAO Nightclub with Sounds by DJ Five

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25

WHAT:                

Kim Kardashian Celebrates her Birthday at TAO Nightclub with Sounds by DJ Five
Expected to Attend: Kanye West, Kris Jenner, Khloe Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, Scott Disick and more

 

TAO Nightclub opens at 10 pm.

 

For TAO Nightclub guest list information, bottle service and table reservations, contact 702.388.8588 or email info@taogroup.com. For dinner reservations at TAO Asian Bistro call 702.388.8338.

 

WHERE:
TAO Nightclub

The Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino
3355 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, NV 89109

“The 2012 Miss America Pageant” Announces Judging Panel

 
 
“THE 2012 MISS AMERICA PAGEANT” ANNOUNCES
DIVERSE PANEL OF NATIONAL JUDGES
 
Judges Revealed Today on “Good Morning America”  
 
 
“The 2012 Miss America Pageant” promises to be a vibrant, colorful and exciting event, and the esteemed panel of national judges provides a diverse team from the worlds of entertainment, beauty, fitness and journalism.  Lara Spencer, Lifestyle Anchor for “Good Morning America” revealed the panel of judges on this morning’s show. This year’s panel of seven judges includes an accomplished dancer and musician; an international journalist, a talented reality TV producer; the matriarch of one of the recognized families in Hollywood; a successful actress; a fitness pioneer, and a popular journalist.  Each judge will evaluate the contestants from the preliminaries through the final night of competition, which will broadcast live from Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas on SATURDAY, JANUARY 14 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET/PT) on ABC.

 

 

 

The contestants vying for the title of Miss America exemplify all that is best in today’s modern woman. Miss America must be talented, intelligent and well-spoken; she is a leader with a strong commitment to her community, she understands the importance of health and fitness, and she is role model for millions of women not only for her spot-on sense of style and fashion, but also because she has become a relatable “it girl” who can connect with today’s contemporary woman. This year’s panel of judges is comprised of experts whom focus on all of the categories each of the young women must excel in to be named Miss America. 

 

 

 

From the Field of Performing Arts – Mark Ballas – A lifelong dancer and musician, Emmy nominated Mark has wowed viewers on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” for nine seasons, winning two mirror ball trophies (Season 6 with Kristi Yamaguchi and Season 8 with Shawn Johnson). Mark’s debut solo album “HurtLoveBox” was released by Hit Play Records – Sony Red. His first single “Hotwire” won Best Freshman Video on MTV and has been put in rotation on the network. Born in Houston to a family of international dance stars, Mark moved to London as a child; he attended the world-renowned Italia Conti Performing Arts School. Here, he not only danced, but also was required to sing, act and play an instrument. By age 12 he was writing and performing his own music, playing guitar, drums and bass. As an actor, Mark has played the lead in the musical “Copacabana” and took on roles in the UK tour of “Maria de Buenos Aires” and “The Buddy Holly Musical.” In television, he has guest starred on “Melissa and Joey” and “Samantha Who?”  When Mark isn’t performing, he is passionate about speaking to school-age kids about acceptance, sparked by his Uncle David’s suicide nine years ago. Through the grieving process, Mark and his mother Shirley began to align themselves with The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. They formed The Ballas Foundation and are committed to removing the stigma associated with mental illness and suicide.

 

 

 

From the Field of Communications – Raul de Molina – Raúl was born in Cuba, grew up in Spain, and arrived in the United States at the age of 16. After graduating from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, Raúl worked for the Associated Press as a freelance photographer during the 1980’s. His photographs have been published in Time, Life, Newsweek and Paris Match, among others. For the past 21 years he has been anchoring television shows, first for Telemundo, and now as the multiple Emmy award-winning co-host of Univision networks #1 rated entertainment news show, El Gordo y La Flaca, with more viewers on its time slot than ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX combined. Raúl is also the author of the bestselling La Dieta del Gordo and one of the original contributors to the Huffington Post’s Food and Latino Voices sections. He continues to write regular columns. In 2008 he was chosen by People en Espanol as one of the most influential Hispanics in the United States.

 

 

 

From the Field of Star Power – Mike Fleiss – Mike is founder of Next Entertainment and executive producer of The Bachelor franchise, which also includes The Bachelorette and Bachelor Pad, and will serve as executive producer of H8R. His credits include High School Reunion, The Cougar, There Goes the Neighborhood, Hitched or Ditched, More to Love and Leave it to Lamas. With a multi-year deal with Warner Horizon Television to create original series for network, syndication and cable, Mike is a leading producer of reality programming. He has created over three dozen series and produced over 300 hours of primetime television. In addition to his work in TV, he co-directed the documentary God Bless Ozzy Osbourne, and received a Best New Director nomination. Mike shares a producing credit on the upcoming feature Shark Night 3D. He also produced the remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, as well as Poseidon for Warner Bros. and the Hostel movies. He was recently awarded the Reality Rocks Humanitarian Award for his contributions and charitable efforts, including “Bachelor Gives Back,” which supports various nonprofit organizations that enrich and empower communities around the world. He actively supports the Surfrider Foundation, dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world’s oceans, waves and beaches. Mike has authored Sports with an Attitude: The World’s Most Irreverent Sports Quiz Book and Show Biz with an Attitude: The World’s Most Irreverent Entertainment Quiz Book.

 

 

 

From the Field of Beauty – Kris Jenner – Kris is the Star, Creator, and Executive Producer, along with Ryan Seacrest, of Keeping Up With the Kardashians for E!. The show wrapped its sixth season, and enjoys the title of, “Highest Rated and Most Watched Telecast ever on E!.” Kris also produces Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami, Kourtney and Kim Take New York and Khloé and Lamar. In her new memoir, Kris Jenner…And All Things Kardashian, she writes about her relationships, her kids, and her intimate connection to the O.J. Simpson trial. She is the president of her own production company, Jenner Communications, and for the last 20 years she has been manager for her husband and Olympic Gold medalist, Bruce Jenner’s motivational speaking tour. Kris also manages the careers of her six children. Kris has enjoyed success as a host and correspondent on The Insider, and has appeared on numerous television shows. She is an avid spokesperson and supporter of numerous charities including the Brent Shapiro Foundation for Drug Awareness, Make-A-Wish, and serves on the board of The Dream Foundation. Kris owns and operates numerous businesses including PerfectSkin and QuickTrim, and develops many successful brands for her daughters, such as the Kim Kardashian Fragrance, Unbreakable by Khloe and Lamar, and a Global Lifestyle Line for Sears. Kim and Kris are the spokespersons for Skechers Shape-Ups. Kris and all of her daughters will have their own line of nail polish for OPI.  For Kris, her favorite role will always be wife and mother. Along with her six children, Kris welcomed new grandson, Mason. Kris lives in Hidden Hills, California with her husband of 20 years, Bruce.

 

 

 

From the Field of Talent – Teri Polo – Teri currently stars as Theresa Hayden Keen on ABC’s Man Up! She is best known for her role as Pam in the Meet the Parents theatricals. She recently starred in The Little Fockers, the third installment of the movie franchise, and has completed production on Beyond to be released in 2012. Currently she is shooting the Lifetime movie Jayne’s Story, which will air in early 2012. Teri was seen in the Hallmark movie, Taste of Romance, and has been recurring on Law & Order: Los Angeles. Other film credits include, The Hole, and the miniseries, The Storm, both released in 2010. Earlier credits include Beyond Borders, The Unsaid, and Domestic Disturbance. She also co-starred in Meet the Parents, for which she won a People’s Choice Award, and its sequel, Meet the Fockers. Originally from Dover, DE, Teri began her performing career as a dancer. By age 13 she was attending New York’s School of Ballet. The summer before her senior year, she was signed to a modeling contract, which led to a role on Loving. Teri made her primetime debut in the series TV 101. Television audiences may remember her as Michelle Capra in Northern Exposure. She also starred in the comedy series I’m with Her, as well as David E. Kelley’s The Wedding Bells. Other TV credits include Hallmark’s Love Is a Four-Letter Word, the original film Second String, and the television movie Straight from the Heart. She was nominated for an Emmy Award for her role opposite Jimmy Smits on The West Wing. Teri currently lives in Manhattan Beach, California with her family.

 

 

 

From the Field of Fitness – Chris Powell – Chris is the host and transformation specialist on ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition, which debuted last May as the number one show on TV.  Returning for Season Two this spring, Chris will again travel the country, where he uses his innovative techniques, education and expertise to guide extremely overweight individuals as they shed hundreds of pounds over the course of a year. Unlike others in his field, Chris takes an extra step as he guides the participants through their transformations by moving into their homes. By assuring that they have the proper nourishment and exercise movement, he provides a fresh perspective to individuals whose lives have become unmanageable because of their weight. Chris exploded onto the fitness scene with his unorthodox approach, becoming a pioneer for a new hybrid of fitness professionals. He has captured national attention with the largest and fastest natural weight loss ever documented, transforming the life of David Smith who lost 401 lbs in 26 months. It was Chris’s unyielding dedication to another that captured the heart of America as he shared his story on such national shows as The Oprah Winfrey Show, 20/20, The View, as well as a one-hour documentary for TLC. Chris holds a degree in Exercise Science, with concentrations in biomechanics and physiology and the training accreditation: The Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS).  He has been the Transformation Pro on KTVK’s Good Morning Arizona for the last eight years – delivering fitness tips to the largest news viewing audience in Arizona.  This January, Hyperion will release his first book entitled Choose to Lose.

 

 

 

From the Field of News and Entertainment – Lara Spencer – Lara was named lifestyle anchor for ABC’s Good Morning America in March 2011. She was previously the show’s National Correspondent from 1999 to 2004. In 2004, she began hosting The Insider. During her seven seasons there, she interviewed the industry’s biggest stars and traveled the world for exclusive interviews. She also hosted three primetime TV specials for CBS. Lara began her career in the NBC Page Program. Her first reporting job was at WDEF-TV in Chattanooga, TN. From there, she began reporting on her home turf for News 12 Long Island. From 1995 to 1999, Lara was a reporter and anchor for WABC-TV’s “Eyewitness News” in NYC, where she covered breaking stories and hosted a nightly feature, “Life Around Here with Lara Spencer.” She moved full-time to GMA the following year. In 2003, Lara became host of PBS’ Antiques Roadshow, while working for GMA, and then The Insider. It was a dream job for Lara, who is an antique hunter and interior designer. She decorated her friend, Kathy Griffin’s home, featured in her upcoming book, I Brake For Yard Sales, out in April 2012 from Abrams Books. Lara also created and executive produces two HGTV shows, and is the creator and EP of It’s Worth WHAT??, which aired in August. She holds charity “Taste Maker Tag Sales” of her vintage finds on the website One Kings Lane and donates all profits to Housing Works. She is an advocate for Greenwich Adult Day Care in Connecticut, which helps seniors living with Alzheimer’s.  She is married and a mother to a son and a daughter, Duff and Kate.

 

 

 

The three nights of preliminaries will take place on January 10, 11 & 12 at Planet Hollywood’s Theater for the Performing Arts. Tickets for the preliminaries, as well as the Miss America Live Event, will be available soon. For information on all ticket sales visit www.missamerica.org.  Teresa Scanlan, of Gering, Nebraska, is Miss America 2011.

 

 

 

About the Miss America Organization

 

The Miss America Pageant and the scholarship program are among the most enduring endeavors in modern American history. Celebrating 90 years of remarkable achievements when it first began with its humble beginnings as a “bathing beauty’“ contest in the 1920s, the Miss America Organization today is one of the nation’s leading achievement programs and the world’s largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women. Last year, the Miss America Organization and its state and local organizations made available more than $45 million in cash and scholarship assistance, helping young women all across the country to reach their dreams and goals. For more information, go to www.missamerica.org.

 

 

 

About Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino
Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino is the newest member of the Caesars Entertainment family and is a full partner in Total Rewards™. The hottest property on the Las Vegas Strip with 2,500 beautifully designed guest rooms and suites showcasing the best views in town, Planet Hollywood encompasses more than 100,000 square-feet of gaming, several lounges, nine restaurants including KOI, Strip House, the award-winning Spice Market Buffet and LA’s Pink’s Hot Dogs, and the Planet Hollywood Spa by Mandara. The mega resort is also home to PEEPSHOW, the sexy burlesque revue starring bombshell Holly Madison. In 2010 the majestic PH Towers Westgate opened its doors adding 1,100 beautifully appointed spacious apartment-style one-, two- and three-bedroom suites and a hot new tropical pool. The property is encircled by Miracle Mile Shops with more 170 specialty stores and restaurants. For more information, please visit  www.planethollywoodresort.com < http://www.planethollywoodresort.com/>  or  caesars.thedigitalcenter.com< http://caesars.thedigitalcenter.com/>  to access media materials and request high-resolution images. Find Planet Hollywood on Facebook < http://www.facebook.com/phVegas>  and follow on Twitter < http://www.twitter.com/phvegas> .

 

Planet Hollywood, along with all Caesars Entertainment Las Vegas resorts, including Caesars Palace, Paris Las Vegas, Flamingo Las Vegas, Harrah’s, Bally’s, Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, Imperial Palace and Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall & Saloon, proudly prohibit adding hidden resort fees to hotel guest room rates. For information on No Resort Fees visit  www.caesars.com/vegasnoresortfees< http://www.caesars.com/vegasnoresortfees> . 

 

 

 

ABC Media Relations:

 

Chandler Hayes (818) 460-6530, chandler.hayes@abc.com

 

 

 

Miss America Organization:

 

Sharon Pearce (609) 653-8700 ext. 117, sharon@missamerica.org

 

 

 

Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino:

 

  Emily Wofford (702) 290-2127, ewofford@caesars.com

 

 

 

Media who wish to cover the 2012 Miss America Pageant can download a Press Credential application online at www.MissAmericaPressRoom.com, where up-to-the-minute competition news and information, as well as downloadable high resolution images of Miss America 2011 Teresa Scanlan and the 2012 contestants can be found. 

 

 

 

 
“THE 2012 MISS AMERICA PAGEANT” ANNOUNCES
DIVERSE PANEL OF NATIONAL JUDGES

Judges Revealed Today on “Good Morning America”
 

“The 2012 Miss America Pageant” promises to be a vibrant, colorful and exciting event, and the esteemed panel of national judges provides a diverse team from the worlds of entertainment, beauty, fitness and journalism.  Lara Spencer, Lifestyle Anchor for “Good Morning America” revealed the panel of judges on this morning’s show. This year’s panel of seven judges includes an accomplished dancer and musician; an international journalist, a talented reality TV producer; the matriarch of one of the recognized families in Hollywood; a successful actress; a fitness pioneer, and a popular journalist.  Each judge will evaluate the contestants from the preliminaries through the final night of competition, which will broadcast live from Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas on SATURDAY, JANUARY 14 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET/PT) on ABC.

The contestants vying for the title of Miss America exemplify all that is best in today’s modern woman. Miss America must be talented, intelligent and well-spoken; she is a leader with a strong commitment to her community, she understands the importance of health and fitness, and she is role model for millions of women not only for her spot-on sense of style and fashion, but also because she has become a relatable “it girl” who can connect with today’s contemporary woman. This year’s panel of judges is comprised of experts whom focus on all of the categories each of the young women must excel in to be named Miss America. 

 

From the Field of Performing Arts – Mark Ballas – A lifelong dancer and musician, Emmy nominated Mark has wowed viewers on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” for nine seasons, winning two mirror ball trophies (Season 6 with Kristi Yamaguchi and Season 8 with Shawn Johnson). Mark’s debut solo album “HurtLoveBox” was released by Hit Play Records – Sony Red. His first single “Hotwire” won Best Freshman Video on MTV and has been put in rotation on the network. Born in Houston to a family of international dance stars, Mark moved to London as a child; he attended the world-renowned Italia Conti Performing Arts School. Here, he not only danced, but also was required to sing, act and play an instrument. By age 12 he was writing and performing his own music, playing guitar, drums and bass. As an actor, Mark has played the lead in the musical “Copacabana” and took on roles in the UK tour of “Maria de Buenos Aires” and “The Buddy Holly Musical.” In television, he has guest starred on “Melissa and Joey” and “Samantha Who?”  When Mark isn’t performing, he is passionate about speaking to school-age kids about acceptance, sparked by his Uncle David’s suicide nine years ago. Through the grieving process, Mark and his mother Shirley began to align themselves with The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. They formed The Ballas Foundation and are committed to removing the stigma associated with mental illness and suicide.

 

From the Field of Communications – Raul de Molina – Raúl was born in Cuba, grew up in Spain, and arrived in the United States at the age of 16. After graduating from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, Raúl worked for the Associated Press as a freelance photographer during the 1980’s. His photographs have been published in Time, Life, Newsweek and Paris Match, among others. For the past 21 years he has been anchoring television shows, first for Telemundo, and now as the multiple Emmy award-winning co-host of Univision networks #1 rated entertainment news show, El Gordo y La Flaca, with more viewers on its time slot than ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX combined. Raúl is also the author of the bestselling La Dieta del Gordo and one of the original contributors to the Huffington Post’s Food and Latino Voices sections. He continues to write regular columns. In 2008 he was chosen by People en Espanol as one of the most influential Hispanics in the United States.

 

From the Field of Star Power – Mike Fleiss – Mike is founder of Next Entertainment and executive producer of The Bachelor franchise, which also includes The Bachelorette and Bachelor Pad, and will serve as executive producer of H8R. His credits include High School Reunion, The Cougar, There Goes the Neighborhood, Hitched or Ditched, More to Love and Leave it to Lamas. With a multi-year deal with Warner Horizon Television to create original series for network, syndication and cable, Mike is a leading producer of reality programming. He has created over three dozen series and produced over 300 hours of primetime television. In addition to his work in TV, he co-directed the documentary God Bless Ozzy Osbourne, and received a Best New Director nomination. Mike shares a producing credit on the upcoming feature Shark Night 3D. He also produced the remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, as well as Poseidon for Warner Bros. and the Hostel movies. He was recently awarded the Reality Rocks Humanitarian Award for his contributions and charitable efforts, including “Bachelor Gives Back,” which supports various nonprofit organizations that enrich and empower communities around the world. He actively supports the Surfrider Foundation, dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world’s oceans, waves and beaches. Mike has authored Sports with an Attitude: The World’s Most Irreverent Sports Quiz Book and Show Biz with an Attitude: The World’s Most Irreverent Entertainment Quiz Book.

 

From the Field of Beauty – Kris Jenner – Kris is the Star, Creator, and Executive Producer, along with Ryan Seacrest, of Keeping Up With the Kardashians for E!. The show wrapped its sixth season, and enjoys the title of, “Highest Rated and Most Watched Telecast ever on E!.” Kris also produces Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami, Kourtney and Kim Take New York and Khloé and Lamar. In her new memoir, Kris Jenner…And All Things Kardashian, she writes about her relationships, her kids, and her intimate connection to the O.J. Simpson trial. She is the president of her own production company, Jenner Communications, and for the last 20 years she has been manager for her husband and Olympic Gold medalist, Bruce Jenner’s motivational speaking tour. Kris also manages the careers of her six children. Kris has enjoyed success as a host and correspondent on The Insider, and has appeared on numerous television shows. She is an avid spokesperson and supporter of numerous charities including the Brent Shapiro Foundation for Drug Awareness, Make-A-Wish, and serves on the board of The Dream Foundation. Kris owns and operates numerous businesses including PerfectSkin and QuickTrim, and develops many successful brands for her daughters, such as the Kim Kardashian Fragrance, Unbreakable by Khloe and Lamar, and a Global Lifestyle Line for Sears. Kim and Kris are the spokespersons for Skechers Shape-Ups. Kris and all of her daughters will have their own line of nail polish for OPI.  For Kris, her favorite role will always be wife and mother. Along with her six children, Kris welcomed new grandson, Mason. Kris lives in Hidden Hills, California with her husband of 20 years, Bruce.

 

From the Field of Talent – Teri Polo – Teri currently stars as Theresa Hayden Keen on ABC’s Man Up! She is best known for her role as Pam in the Meet the Parents theatricals. She recently starred in The Little Fockers, the third installment of the movie franchise, and has completed production on Beyond to be released in 2012. Currently she is shooting the Lifetime movie Jayne’s Story, which will air in early 2012. Teri was seen in the Hallmark movie, Taste of Romance, and has been recurring on Law & Order: Los Angeles. Other film credits include, The Hole, and the miniseries, The Storm, both released in 2010. Earlier credits include Beyond Borders, The Unsaid, and Domestic Disturbance. She also co-starred in Meet the Parents, for which she won a People’s Choice Award, and its sequel, Meet the Fockers. Originally from Dover, DE, Teri began her performing career as a dancer. By age 13 she was attending New York’s School of Ballet. The summer before her senior year, she was signed to a modeling contract, which led to a role on Loving. Teri made her primetime debut in the series TV 101. Television audiences may remember her as Michelle Capra in Northern Exposure. She also starred in the comedy series I’m with Her, as well as David E. Kelley’s The Wedding Bells. Other TV credits include Hallmark’s Love Is a Four-Letter Word, the original film Second String, and the television movie Straight from the Heart. She was nominated for an Emmy Award for her role opposite Jimmy Smits on The West Wing. Teri currently lives in Manhattan Beach, California with her family.

 

From the Field of Fitness – Chris Powell – Chris is the host and transformation specialist on ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition, which debuted last May as the number one show on TV.  Returning for Season Two this spring, Chris will again travel the country, where he uses his innovative techniques, education and expertise to guide extremely overweight individuals as they shed hundreds of pounds over the course of a year. Unlike others in his field, Chris takes an extra step as he guides the participants through their transformations by moving into their homes. By assuring that they have the proper nourishment and exercise movement, he provides a fresh perspective to individuals whose lives have become unmanageable because of their weight. Chris exploded onto the fitness scene with his unorthodox approach, becoming a pioneer for a new hybrid of fitness professionals. He has captured national attention with the largest and fastest natural weight loss ever documented, transforming the life of David Smith who lost 401 lbs in 26 months. It was Chris’s unyielding dedication to another that captured the heart of America as he shared his story on such national shows as The Oprah Winfrey Show, 20/20, The View, as well as a one-hour documentary for TLC. Chris holds a degree in Exercise Science, with concentrations in biomechanics and physiology and the training accreditation: The Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS).  He has been the Transformation Pro on KTVK’s Good Morning Arizona for the last eight years – delivering fitness tips to the largest news viewing audience in Arizona.  This January, Hyperion will release his first book entitled Choose to Lose.

 

From the Field of News and Entertainment – Lara Spencer – Lara was named lifestyle anchor for ABC’s Good Morning America in March 2011. She was previously the show’s National Correspondent from 1999 to 2004. In 2004, she began hosting The Insider. During her seven seasons there, she interviewed the industry’s biggest stars and traveled the world for exclusive interviews. She also hosted three primetime TV specials for CBS. Lara began her career in the NBC Page Program. Her first reporting job was at WDEF-TV in Chattanooga, TN. From there, she began reporting on her home turf for News 12 Long Island. From 1995 to 1999, Lara was a reporter and anchor for WABC-TV’s “Eyewitness News” in NYC, where she covered breaking stories and hosted a nightly feature, “Life Around Here with Lara Spencer.” She moved full-time to GMA the following year. In 2003, Lara became host of PBS’ Antiques Roadshow, while working for GMA, and then The Insider. It was a dream job for Lara, who is an antique hunter and interior designer. She decorated her friend, Kathy Griffin’s home, featured in her upcoming book, I Brake For Yard Sales, out in April 2012 from Abrams Books. Lara also created and executive produces two HGTV shows, and is the creator and EP of It’s Worth WHAT??, which aired in August. She holds charity “Taste Maker Tag Sales” of her vintage finds on the website One Kings Lane and donates all profits to Housing Works. She is an advocate for Greenwich Adult Day Care in Connecticut, which helps seniors living with Alzheimer’s.  She is married and a mother to a son and a daughter, Duff and Kate.

 

The three nights of preliminaries will take place on January 10, 11 & 12 at Planet Hollywood’s Theater for the Performing Arts. Tickets for the preliminaries, as well as the Miss America Live Event, will be available soon. For information on all ticket sales visit www.missamerica.org.  Teresa Scanlan, of Gering, Nebraska, is Miss America 2011.

 

About the Miss America Organization

The Miss America Pageant and the scholarship program are among the most enduring endeavors in modern American history. Celebrating 90 years of remarkable achievements when it first began with its humble beginnings as a “bathing beauty’“ contest in the 1920s, the Miss America Organization today is one of the nation’s leading achievement programs and the world’s largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women. Last year, the Miss America Organization and its state and local organizations made available more than $45 million in cash and scholarship assistance, helping young women all across the country to reach their dreams and goals. For more information, go to www.missamerica.org.

 

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