D.J. Pierce was born in Paris, and now that’s where he’s headed back to.
Yup, Pierce — known to most fans as former Drag Racer Shangela —was born in Paris, Texas, but will now be the host of a new sexy show in Las Vegas, set to open at — you guessed it — the Paris Las Vegas Hotel on The Strip.
Shangela will join the cast of 53X, a “fun dance showcase catering to the modern-day partier,” which was created by Chippendales producer Bryan Cheatham, who recently revamped the all-male revue for the neighboring Rio Casino.
Full disclosure: D.J. and I are friends, and he’s kept this news from me, but called to give me the skinny. “It’s been a big secret for a while. They’ve been working on it since the fall, but I joined the rehearsals in January. The boys and girls are sexy and fun and to come in and not just host but perform alongside them [is amazing],” he said.
This also means Shangela might not be coming to Dallas as often as she used to … and bitch owes me a sushi dinner at Steel!
“Yes, I’m in a condo on The Strip,” he said. “This is my first time being in one place for this long and doing five shows a night, so the adjustment has been an adventure in itself. I was just on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live with J.Lo and I told her during one of the breaks, ‘You know we’re neighbors — we’re showgirls together.” Shangela will also be making guest appearances on the new season RuPaul’s Drag Race, which kicks off Monday.
53X will be performed in the Chateau Nightclub and Rooftop. Opening night is March 11, with performances Wednesday–Sunday. Tickets are just $29.95 ($49.95 for VIP). It’s scheduled for just 90 minutes, “but if they let me loose on that mike we might be there three hours!” Congrats, Shangela!