Q+A: Hakkasan expert Pavan Pardasani talks Wet Republic Hot 100’s first $1M contest


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The 2015 Wet Republic Hot 100 $1 million swimsuit contest at MGM Grand.

Friday, Aug. 21, 2015|2 a.m.

2015 Wet Republic Hot 100
The 2015 Wet Republic Hot 100 $1 million bikini contest at MGM Grand.Introduce slideshow “

In today’s finale of Wet Republic Hot 100’s inaugural $1 million swimwear contest at MGM Grand, five sexy finalists will spin a wheel in the hopes of winning the seven-figure prize.

Doors open at 11 a.m. to the popular dayclub after a summer season of Las Vegas’ sexiest bodies competing in bikini-voting contests resulting in today’s Season 8 closing occasion.

We chatted with Pavan Pardasani, executive director of night life at Hakkasan Las Vegas at MGM Grand, as this season’s competitors began:

This is the first year that you will potentially award a $1 million handbag?

With any principle, in our market especially, we need to be ingenious. From the time we presented the Hot 100, we were really the innovator right here in Las Vegas.

And in that time, a lot of individuals have actually seen the success of it as a promotion as well as as a method to truly establish Wet Republic as the premier daylife destination in the market.

So with that, we also have to take a look at ourselves and think about how to refresh the concept. And exactly what we felt would be actually interesting was to up the ante and actually solidify our position as that go-to location right here in Las Vegas for the daytime.

How will the contest work this season with the $1 million up for grabs?

It’s not at straightforward as you would think it is. We’re not simply going to distribute $1 million! There are a few different verticals that we will certainly be evaluating each contestant. Ultimately, the last 5 candidates will have the chance to take part in a casino-style-type video game show element, similar to “Wheel of Fortune.”

It provides a few different things. It offers what we feel is a truly amazing minute to keep in mind right here at Wet Republic.

I believe the vision of having 5 of our finalists who have actually gotten involved for a number of weeks to come down to the pool and participate in this moment where they are spinning the wheel to see who will win the ultimate reward, it will be great for the location and build on the anticipation and hype built up throughout the season.

It’s going to be something to be seen, for sure!

Other surprises or anything else brand-new to the contest that you can share?

We remain to make capital improvements on the space. We felt that the bungalows were constantly the most wanted inventory we had right here, and by refurbishing the cabanas, we had the ability to provide that very same lux feel.

We have actually also redone the pool deck and created a secondary pool area, also. Exactly what you’ll also see throughout the period is we will certainly remain to have a few of our prominent guests visiting the pool throughout this time, some interesting judges who will certainly assist participate in the contest, and of course terrific talent who we have the ability to lower to the pool with the opening of Omnia.

We’ll be sharing talent from Omnia and Hakkasan down at the pool as we’ve had in years past. We have actually got a fantastic extra lineup of skill to see down right here, also!

In regards to participants, have you seen any trends in how many are competing this season?

We’re absolutely seeing an uptick in not only the variety of contestants, but also the quality of contestants who are participating.

Again, that was truly our purpose: How do we take a principle that has rather become watered down with some of our competitors and actually make our contest the one, the Top 100 most lovely women in Las Vegas?

How do we keep contestants engaged? Now we’re seeing this function come to fruition this period.

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Jen Mateo is the ruling Wet Republic Hot 100 winner. Take a look at our Q+A with DJ Irie, who leads the daytime debauchery at Wet Republic Hot 100.

The grand finale of Wet Republic’s Hot 100 $1 million swimsuit contest and swimming pool celebration is today at MGM Grand. Doors open at 11 a.m.

Charles Chareunsy is a Las Vegas-based freelancer author.

Don Chareunsy is the Las Vegas Sun’s entertainment and luxury senior editor and has actually been a journalist for almost two decades.

Robin Leach of “Lifestyles of the Rich & & Famous fame” has actually been a journalist for more than 50 years and has invested the past 15 years providing readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum play area.

Follow Sun Home entertainment + Luxury Elder Editor Don Chareunsy on Twitter at Twitter.com/ VDLXEditorDon.

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