If one Baywatch babe can't get the job done, dust yourself off and hire another.
Pamela Anderson has been tapped to replace Carmen Electra as a special guest star in the new Las Vegas show The Beauty of Magic, to be hosted by Dutch illusionist Hans Klok at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino (formerly the Aladdin).
While the recently divorced Electra said at a press conference last week that she would be spending three months with the show, promising a bevy of "sultry surprises," the chief executive of the show's producer, Stage Entertainment, said that there were too many scheduling conflicts.
Instead, it was Anderson who popped out of a box at Planet Hollywood's Extra lounge Thursday to announce that she was on board.
"My kids are going to love this," Anderson, who will be bringing her two sons to stay with her during the 12-week gig, told the crowd. "This is my dream of being a Vegas showgirl come true…Another one off my list."
A source close to the production told the Las Vegas Review-Journal, meanwhile, that Electra was claustrophobic and didn't think she would be able to confine herself within Klok's onstage apparatuses, such as Anderson's debut box, for very long.
Electra found the tricks "too difficult," Klok told the newspaper, and Anderson wanted to do "big magic and difficult magic. She's gonna do some dangerous stuff."
Casino owner Robert Earl called Anderson "my choice from the beginning" but initial attempts to sign her didn't work out because of her kids' schedule.
The Beauty of Magic will now open June 2 instead of May 12, to give the star of the upcoming Blonde and Blonder more time to prepare.
Earlier this month, Anderson vacationed in Hawaii with sons Brandon and Dylan Jagger—and ex-hubby Tommy Lee—and then traveled to Russia, where she cohosted the MTV Russia Film Awards Apr. 19 and visited an orphanage near Moscow.
"It was really eye-opening—sad but inspiring to see these kids happy despite having nothing—really nothing including parents…it really makes you reach inside—know how blessed we are—and know how much of a blessing it is that we can brighten a child's day," the actress wrote on her Website Sunday.