‘Dancing’ Ireland’s work ethic praised

If Paula Abdul got her wish, she’d be dancing on “Dancing with the Stars,” and not just judging. But since she was such a choreographer, she could teach the show’s pro dancers a thing or two, claims “Dancing” dancer Tony Dovolani.

“She always wants to be on the show, but I think she’s too much of a dancer. Our show is about taking somebody who doesn’t know how to dance,” Dovolani says.

The new season of “Dancing” starts tonight. Dovolani is trying to whip former supermodel and current furniture entrepreneur Kathy Ireland into dancing shape.

Ireland and Dovolani were in Vegas over the weekend, and I asked if she has any background in dance whatsoever.

“No,” she said.

“I’ll second that!” he said.

“She told me she was clumsy and she’s tone deaf,” Dovolani says. “I started laughing when she told me this. She said, ‘Why are you laughing?’ I said, ‘Well, the other choice is crying.'”

Ireland has to wear three-inch heels on “Dancing,” but she tells me that despite modeling, she never learned to even walk in high heels, let alone spin on them on TV. She grew up barefoot on the beaches of Santa Barbara, Calif., and didn’t do any heel-to-heel catwalking while modeling.

“I couldn’t walk in them when I met Tony. He had to teach me how to walk,” Ireland says and looks at him. “Tony has so much patience.”

He smiles, hearing this. He declines to compare her to his other “Dancing” partners: “Access Hollywood’s” Nancy O’Dell, talker Leeza Gibbons, country singer Sara Evans, actress Jane Seymour, actress Marissa Jaret Winokur, soap star Susan Lucci, wrestler Stacy Keibler and “The Bachelor’s” Melissa Rycroft.

But he says Ireland’s work ethic is “unbelievable.” Her dance “personality” is “analytical driver,” he says.

“She’s very analytical. She breaks everything down. She’s very goal-oriented. And she will not stop until she achieves that goal,” he says. “And she’s done an incredible job of listening.”

“He’s a world champion. I would be a fool not to listen,” she says.

But, she says: “I hope I never have to have a dance-off with Paula Abdul.”


Arnold Schwarzenegger brought his son Patrick Arnold Schwarzenegger to Las Vegas for his 16th birthday, which was Friday. First, Old Man Schwarzenegger Twitter-linked to a video of himself wishing his boy a happy day, saying, “You’re 16 years old, and you’re a true stud.” Then came the Vegas experience, including a Saturday dinner at Strip House steakhouse, and going to Las Vegan Floyd Mayweather‘s big win at MGM on Saturday.


At Mayweather’s bout: Sly Stallone, Mike Tyson, Michael Bay, Jeremy Piven, Anna Paquin, Kim Kardashian, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, Magic Johnson, George Lopez, D.L. Hughley, Damon Wayans, Holly Madison, Kid Cudi, rapper The Game, Bernard Hopkins, Oscar de la Hoya, Tommy Hearns, Winky Wright, Victor Ortiz, Shane Mosley, Fernando Vargas and Chad Dawson.

Mayweather followed his overwhelming victory by showing up at MGM’s Studio 54 without a cut or anything resembling an injury. He hosted the post-party there with Diddy, Ray J and Tyrese, who sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the match.

Dining at Strip House steakhouse Saturday separately: Samantha Ronson (Lindsay Lohan‘s ex); Frank “The Big Hurt” Thomas; and poker pro and commentator Mike Sexton.

Chazz Palminteri went for breakfast at 4 a.m. Sunday morning at First Food & Bar at the Palazzo. Also Saturday night, rapper Kid Cudi hit the microphone for a CD-release party for “Man on the Moon: End of the Day,” at club Tao, where Boston Celtic Paul “The Truth” Pierce danced with the crowd. Also there: footballer Ty Law, the Heat’s Jermaine O’Neal, Palminteri, actor (and Goldie Hawn’s son) Oliver Hudson and “Laguna Beach’s” Stephen Colletti, who went to Lavo for Patron and Grey Goose drinks.

Eating together at Tao Asian Bistro earlier were Diddy with Michael Bay and Tyrese (they ordered kung pao chicken, kobe ribeye, lobster wontons and Ciroc, Riesling and Chardonnay). Some Wayans ate there separately.

After the fight, Paquin and her “True Blood” co-star and fiancé Stephen Moyer went to Tao Asian Bistro for drinks, sashimi and sushi, dumplings and lobster wontons.

Kid Cudi hung out on Tao Nightclub’s balcony, then performed.

Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott joined Cheap Trick onstage at Saturday night’s Hilton show for “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” and “All You Need Is Love.”

Kid Rock played a private show Saturday night at the Hard Rock’s Joint, then partied at Wasted Space, drinking Jim Beam with rapper Too Short and metal rocker Vinnie Paul, while Ivan Moody of Five Finger Death Punch sang Pantera covers.

Contact Doug Elfman at 702-383-0391 or e-mail him at delfman@reviewjournal.com. He also blogs at reviewjournal.com/elfman.

Defense attorneys wrap up closing arguments in David Copperfield civil trial
Defense attorneys wrapped up their closing arguments in David Copperfield civil trial at the Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas. A British tourist is suing Copperfield, his company and others claiming he suffered a traumatic brain injury after participating in an illusion in which the magician appears to make 13 people vanish. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
President Trump talks about how to pronounce "Nevada"
At the United States Naval Academy Graduation and Commissioning on May 25, 2018, President Donald Trump discusses how to pronounce "Nevada."
Amazon's Alexa Recorded and Shared a Couple’s Conversation
Amazon's Alexa Recorded and Shared a Couple’s Conversation News station KIRO 7 reported a Portland couple’s conversation was recorded and sent to one of their contacts via their Amazon Echo device. They found out when the husband’s employee called him saying, via KIRO 7 The voice-activated assistant is used by more than 60 million U.S. consumers, according to Bloomberg. But what will happen if these devices become digital spies within our homes? Daniel Kahn Gillmor, Daniel Kahn Gillmor, to Bloomberg Daniel Kahn Gillmor, to Bloomberg Amazon Inc. issued a statement that the incident in Portland is an “extremely rare occurrence,” and the company did not state whether it was a bug or due to hacking.
Neighbor talks about 15-year-old alleged shooter
Nolan Turner, 15, who lives across the street from the 15-year-old who allegedly shot and killed his father and shot his mother talks about growing up with the teen. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Las Vegas teen kills dad, wounds mom before she shoots him
A 15-year-old boy shot his father to death and wounded his mother in a west valley home Thursday morning before being wounded when she got a gun and returned fire, according to Las Vegas police. Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officers were called just after 10:45 a.m. Thursday on the 9900 block of Barrier Reef Drive, near West Sahara Avenue and South Hualapai Way. In a briefing near the scene, police said the teenager shot his dad in the head, killing him, then shot his mom, who got another gun and returned fire. They said the boy jumped a wall and ran away, but was arrested about a quarter-mile away. Both the teen and his mom were hospitalized and are expected to survive, police said. Police did not immediately identify the family members but said the man was in his early 50s and the woman was in her late 40s. K.M. Cannon/ Las Vegas Review-Journal
Las Vegas Native Troy Brown Jr. Preparing for NBA
Former Centennial High School player Troy Brown Jr., now 18 and one of the most accomplished high school basketball players in the history of Las Vegas, is back in his hometown preparing to play in the NBA. (Madelyn Reese/ Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Closing arguments at David Copperfield civil trial
Attorneys for British tourist Gavin Cox and MGM Resorts make their closing arguments in the David Copperfield civil trial at the Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
UNLV Surgeon Performs Successful Rare Pancreas Surgery
Las Vegas resident Mary Duda underwent a pancreatoduodenectomy, or Whipple procedure, for her pancreatic cancer. While the grandmother of 19 recovered, her doctors say she's one of the lucky ones. Pancreatic surgery can be risky and has a high morbidity rate. (Madelyn Reese/ Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Former Las Vegas police explorer sentenced to 25 years to life in prison
Former Las Vegas police explorer Joshua Honea sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for sexual assault of a minor, but was allowed to remain free on bail pending appeal. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Golden Knights Fans Line Up to Grab Their Conference Champions Gear
Golden Knights fans lined up at City National Arena Monday to snap up Conference Champions gear and other memorabilia the day after the Golden Knights won the Stanley Cup Conference Finals. (Madelyn Reese/ Las Vegas-Review Journal)
Las Vegas shooting survivor has surprise reunion
Oct. 1 mass shooting survivors Taylor Stovall and Parker Gabel meet for the first time since Gabel helped the injured Stovall to an ambulance the night of the shooting. Stovall, then 17, was shot in the arm. They met Friday at the Tropicana.
Hawaii volcano presser
Talmadge Magno of Hawaii Civil Defense gives an update on the Kilauea volcano
Same-Sex Weddings on the Rise in Las Vegas
Allie and Tara Shima finally tied the knot. They've been together for five years and have both been married before. This time, they wanted something simple, quick and cheap, but it still had to feel special. The couple chose Las Vegas. (Madelyn Reese/ Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Courtyard Homeless Resource Center begins building in Las Vegas
Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman and Ward 3 Councilman Bob Coffin kicked off the demolition of buildings where the Courtyard Homeless Resource Center will be built. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @bizutesfaye
Father of fallen Marine to throw out first pitch
Rich Perez, father of Rich Perez Jr. who died while serving in the Marines in Iraq, talks about throwing out the first pitch at the Las Vegas 51s baseball game on Memorial Day. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
"Yanny" or "Laurel" hearing test has gone viral
'Yanny' or 'Laurel?' This Hearing Test Has Gone Viral This hearing test has gone viral on social media with some hearing "Yanny" while others swear hearing "Laurel." The voice is actually saying "Laurel," but the pitch was changed, causing some to hear "Yanny."
LVMPD Briefs on Year's Sixth Officer-Involved Shooting
Las Vegas police have identified the officer who shot a shovel-wielding woman on Saturday as 23-year-old Ondre Wills.
Police release body camera footage of shovel-wielding woman
Las Vegas police identified the woman they said threatened neighbors with a skillet Saturday night. Officer Ondre Wills, 23, shot at Sommer Richards, 34, multiple times on Big Sur Drive, near Nellis Boulevard and Desert Inn Road. Police responded to the area after receiving reports that the woman was armed with a shovel. Police said the woman chased neighbors and a security guard. Wills got between Richards and the others and repeatedly told her to drop the shovel. The woman instead turned and moved toward a person who was standing nearby before the officer fired shots. Police said she bit another officer as he attempted to render aid. Richards remains in serious but stable condition.
College of Southern Nevada Graduates 2017-18 Class
The College of Southern Nevada's graduation ceremony was held at the Thomas & Mack Center Monday. The 2017-18 class was the institution's largest in history. (Madelyn Reese/ Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Metro looking for suspect in bank robbery.
On Jan. 22, a man robbed a bank in the 8700 block of West Sahara Avenue.
Former Gov. Mike Huckabee at opening of U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, at opening ceremony of U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, speaks about the violence in Gaza. (Debra J. Saunders/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Supreme Court strikes down law banning sports betting outside Nevada
The Supreme Court has overturned a federal ban on sports gambling. States other than Nevada will be allowed to provide bookmaking and betting at casinos and race tracks. Justice Samuel Alito said Congress can regulate sports gambling directly, but if it elects not to do so, “each State is free to act on its own.” The vote was 6-3. One research firm estimates that 32 states will likely offer sports betting within five years.
Westcare Clinic Crucial to Las Vegan's Addiction Recovery
Christian Hunt, 21, was sent to Westcare in September after he ended up on drugs and in the hospital. If it weren't for the nonprofit's Community Triage Center, Hunt said he would still be using drugs. Instead, he's been sober for six months, and stopped using methamphetamines seven months ago. (Madelyn Reese/ Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Foundation Provides Full Rides for Clark County Students
Somewhere along the banks of the Ohio River in Owensboro, Kentucky, a group of students from Sin City are pursuing a higher education. Feature on the 38 Clark County students that the Rogers Foundation has given full rides to for Kentucky Wesleyan College. (Madelyn Reese/ Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Flames engulf house in Henderson
Clark County firefighters battled a house fire early Friday morning in Henderson. The house, located near Volunteer Boulevard and Executive Airport Drive, was fully engulfed in flames about 2 a.m. Shifting winds sent massive plumes of smoke across the southern Las Vegas Valley sky. As of 3 a.m. , the cause of the fire was not known and no injuries were reported.
Harvey Weinstein’s Estranged Wife Speaks Out for First Time
Harvey Weinstein’s Estranged Wife Speaks Out for First Time Georgina Chapman was profiled for 'Vogue’s' June issue, speaking on her estranged husband for the first time since he was accused of sexual assault in October. Georgina Chapman, to Vogue Georgina Chapman, to Vogue Chapman, who has two children with Weinstein, also said she has been seeing a therapist and that has helped her move forward. Georgina Chapman, to Vogue Georgina Chapman, to Vogue Read the full profile on Chapman in Vogue’s June issue or online at Vogue.com.
Bark-Andre Furry the dog is a Vegas Golden Knights hockey fan
The furriest fan of the NHL's Vegas Golden Knights is growing into a social media sensation. Bark-Andre Furry the Jack Russell terrier has thousands of followers on Twitter and Instagram. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Suspect Sought In Robbery Attempt
Attorney Gloria Allred on case against Benjamin Sparks
Attorney Gloria Allred is representing the victim in a "sex slave" case against GOP political consultant Benjamin Sparks.
2018 Las Vegas Review-Journal High School Journalism Awards winners
Some winners of the 2018 Las Vegas Review-Journal High School Journalism Awards receive their awards.
News Headlines
Home Front Page Footer Listing
You May Like

You May Like