Hasselhoff breaks the ice at contest

David Hasselhoff had a whopper of an opening line Wednesday in front of a theater full of “America’s Got Talent” contestants.

“Anybody know where I can get a hamburger?” he cracked at the taping of the Las Vegas segment at the Planet Hollywood Theater.

The icebreaker melted what little tension was in the room, a spy says.

The audience, a colorful group of talent-show wannabes, loved the line. Hasselhoff recently left “The Producers” at Paris Las Vegas after a three-month run to return to NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.”

The star of “Baywatch” and “Knightrider” was making light of a recent video that showed a shirtless Hasselhoff three sheets to the wind and wrestling with a giant burger as he sprawled on the floor of a Las Vegas hotel suite.

He hasn’t lost his appetite for a good burger. I hear Hasselhoff, Sharon Osbourne and Piers Morgan have requested the Kobe burgers from Planet Hollywood’s Planet Dailies 24-hour restaurant.

‘DANCING’ STARS IN ‘LE REVE’

The ballroom dancing phenomenon is heading for Wynn Las Vegas and its water show, “Le Reve.”

Dancer/choreographer Maksim (Max) Chmerkovskiy, one of the featured dancers on ABC’s hit “Dancing With the Stars,” is working with “Le Reve” to introduce ballroom dancing into the production this year.

Auditions are planned for this month. Interested candidates from the Standard, Latin, Smooth, Paso and Tango specialties should contact casting director Louanne Madorma by phone at 770-3706 or by e-mail at louanne. madorma@wynnlasvegas.com.

KTNV LANDS TELETHON

Jerry Lewis’ MDA Labor Day Telethon is moving again, this time from CBS affiliate KLAS-TV, Channel 8, to ABC affiliate KTNV-TV, Channel 13.

The telethon moved from Los Angeles back to Las Vegas in September.

The telecast will return to the Las Vegas Hilton. The new co-anchors will be KTNV personalities Tricia Kean and Bryan Scofield. They will be taking over from KLAS veterans Gary Waddell and Paula Francis, who co-anchored for more than a decade.

Waddell has been with the telecast since the early 1980s and was stage manager at the Sahara in 1976 when Frank Sinatra escorted Dean Martin onto the set for the reunion with Lewis. The comedy duo hadn’t appeared together for 20 years before Sinatra orchestrated the reunion.

THE SCENE AND HEARD

MTV’s “Reunited: The Real World Vegas” premieres May 30, the reality show’s first reunion series. Filming of the reunion concluded recently in the Palms’ “Real World Suite.” The original series will be shown in its entirety beginning Saturday at 10 p.m. …

Elvis Presley’s longtime bodyguard Sonny West will sign his new book, “Elvis: Still Taking Care of Business,” from 3 to 7:15 p.m. on Friday at Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall & Saloon, formerly the Barbary Coast.

Illusionist Criss Angel signs his book, “Mindfreak: Secret Revelations,” from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. today at The Reading Room at Mandalay Bay.

SIGHTINGS

Barry Manilow and country star Toby Keith, recording in separate studios Tuesday at the Palms. Manilow was working on tracks for his new album. … Carrie Underwood, rehearsing for the Country Music Awards on Tuesday at David Saxe Productions Studios. … Penn Jillette, celebrating the birthday of a friend with a group that included poker star Chris “Jesus” Ferguson, at Lucky Strike Lanes (Rio) on Tuesday. … Boxing champ Floyd Mayweather Jr. and actor/comedian Jamie Kennedy, partying in the VIP area Tuesday at Pure (Caesars Palace). … At the Playboy Club (Palms) on Tuesday: Rapper Lil Jon, arriving with a party of two dozen, including John Legend, Big & Rich and “Paradise City” reality show cast member JJ.

THE PUNCH LINE

“So hot today that Paris Hilton is happy to be going to the ‘cooler.”’ — David Letterman

Norm Clarke can be reached at 383-0224 or Norm@reviewjournal.com. Find additional sightings and more online at www.normclarke.com.

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