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Miley Cyrus morphed into rock star 'organically'


Here’s a big hint that Miley Cyrus will be attending Britney Spears’ opening night show at Planet Hollywood this year.

Spears’ longtime manager, Larry Rudolph, also reps Cyrus, a lightning rod of controversy since her raunchy performance Sunday during the MTV Video Music Awards.

The former “Hannah Montana” star forever ditched her Disney image with the hard-core dirty dancing performance while teaming up with crooner Robin Thicke during the telecast from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

The warning signs have been flashing for months. Last month, Starcrush.com wrote: “There’s a fine line between sexy and slutty — and Miley seems confused about where it is.”

For those who thought Sunday’s bizarre act was staged and forced, Rudolph told the Hollywood Reporter in mid-July that Cyrus’ transformation from child star to rock star had to happen “organically.”

“There’s no such thing as ‘OK, let’s figure out the plan for growing up.’ It doesn’t work,” Rudolph said. “The public sees through it in two seconds, and every artist who’s tried to do it has failed.”

The uproar triggered a blizzard of criticism on Twitter, including this from singer Kelly Clarkson: “Just saw a couple performances from the VMA’s last night. 2 words…. #pitchystrippers.”

FLOYD FLARES

It seemed like a harmless request, but Floyd Mayweather Jr. didn’t see it that way.

While at Thicke’s concert Aug. 17 at The Cosmopolitan pool, DJ Dave Farra of “The Dave, Mahoney and DK Morning Show” at KXTE-FM, 107.5, approached Mayweather with a photo request.

Farra’s friend former KXTE DJ Casey McCabe happens to be a lookalike of Canelo Alvarez, who faces Mayweather on Sept. 14. Mayweather blew up and said, “I don’t do kid games,” according to Farra.

Later, as Mayweather was leaving with his beefy security guards, the boxer saw Farra and fired a parting shot.

“He said, ‘Bitch, I’ll wire your jaw shut,’ ” said Farra, who called it “a ridiculous, totally unnecessary confrontation.”

THE SCENE AND HEARD

Reigning Mrs. Nevada Ruth Gray goes after the Mrs. U.S. title tonight in Tucson, Ariz., with the chance to compete for the Mrs. World crown in China. Accompanying her to Arizona were her husband, Jon Gray, vice president and general manager of The Linq project, and 2-year-old son Nash, who was wearing a “I Love Mrs. Nevada” tanktop Monday. Follow her husband’s Twitter feed @grayjon. …

A sure sign that interest in sports betting has exploded: Sports betting analyst RJ Bell is being represented by one of Hollywood’s hottest celebrity publicists to keep the brand red hot. Bell has been a weekly guest the past two football seasons on Colin Cowherd’s ESPN talk show, “The Herd,” and writes for Grantland.com and Gaming Today. Earlier this year, Bell hired Lewis Kay of PMK-BNC, a heavyweight PR firm that reps Jimmy Kimmel, Tracy Morgan, Amy Poehler and Louis CK. Kay was recently voted No. 9 among Hollywood’s most powerful publicists by BusinessInsider.com. Bell’s Pre-game.com First Preview is on for three hours this Friday only, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

SIGHTINGS

Dancers from Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance,” at “Absinthe” (Caesars Palace) on Sunday. … Actor Jim Belushi, puffing on a God of Fire Series B Maduro Double Robusto cigar Monday at Casa Fuente inside The Forum Shops at Caesars.

THE PUNCH LINE

“Remember, Ben, with the cape and cowl comes great responsibility (and lots of heat). Bring deodorant.” — Adam West, the best-known Batman, on Ben Affleck being cast as Batman in the “Man of Steel” sequel

Norm Clarke’s column appears Sunday, Wednesday and Friday. He can be reached at 702-383-0244 or email him at norm@reviewjournal.com. Find more online at www.normclarke.com. Follow Norm on Twitter @Norm_Clarke. “Norm Clarke’s Vegas,” airs Thursdays on the “Morning Blend” on KTNV-TV, Channel 13.