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The Situation out; Derek Jeter, Nicky Hilton in for Tampa's Hard Rock Cafe grand opening

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We hope you're sitting down, because we have some bad news: 

The Situation is a no-go.

Yes, due to a scheduling conflict, Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino from Jersey Shore has had to pull out of Wednesday's Hard Rock Cafe grand opening party at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tampa. Our hearts are smushed. Er, crushed.

But all is not lost! The Hard Rock DOES expect a new crop of celebrities to make an apperance, including some very familiar names. Friend of the casino Derek Jeter, shown above with casino president John Fontana, is on the guest list. So is Nicky Hilton, the lesser-known sister of Paris. Actress Ali Landry, actor/singer/TV host Joey Fatone and pro wrestling figures Jimmy Hart and Brian Knobbs are also on the gues tlist. They join previously announced headliners Styx, who will perform at an invite-only pre-party, and DJ Samantha Ronson, who will start spinning late in the evening; and The Hills' Stephanie Pratt.

Also of note: Kelly Bensimon from The Real Housewives of New York is no longer on the "scheduled to appear" list. But as a replacement, we're getting Kim Zolciak from The Real Housewives of Atlanta. Don't be tardy to the party!

The Hard Rock is hoping some of the celebrity guests will bring their celebrity friends, so maybe Sam Ronson will show up with Lindsay Lohan (whether she wants to or not). Or (crossing fingers) maybe Derek Jeter will bring Minka Kelly. Or maybe Joey Fatone will bring Justin Timberlake (yeah, right).

All celebrities are being billed as "scheduled to appear," although you know how that goes. But we must say, the Hard Rock tends to have pretty good juice when it comes to bringing out the A-listers. For now, we'll give them the benefit of the doubt.

Tickets will be onsale for $25 at the door. The Cafe will open to the public at 10:30 p.m., but there are no advance tickets, so show up early if you want to get in.

We'll update this post with any new celebrities we hear about in the next 24 hours.

-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*

[Last modified: Tuesday, January 11, 2011 4:44pm]

    

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