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The Shannon twins of "The Girls Next Door" visit Mount Pleasant.
Karissa and Kristina Shannon of “The Girls Next Door” fame made an appearance at the Wayside Central night club Saturday night. Hugh Hefner’s former girlfriends partied with patrons and hung around with MTV’s DJ Teece to judge the finals of a hot body contest.
By purchasing a $25 or $50 bracelet, Wayside customers got a chance to party V.I.P.-style with the twins, including a photo shoot. But because they arrived at 11:45 p.m. and left at 1:00 a.m., some participants felt the girls left a bit to be desired.
“I expected more than just an hour of their time,” CMU senior Brian Schunck said.
But in the time they did spend at the club, the twins were very friendly and accommodating to the large crowd, Bartender James Hunter said. They took pictures with many of the V.I.P. guests and everyone in the club got a chance to see the girls.
Hunter felt the girls made a very successful appearance. In the battle of the reality star appearances, J-Wow of “The Jersey Shore” did seem to be a stronger draw than the twins.
“The atmosphere was a little different than J-Wow, but the girls took a ton of pictures and were very friendly with everyone,” Hunter said. “The bar overall had a normal Saturday night, but the V.I.P. turnout was much larger than usual,” Hunter said.
Long before making their way to the Playboy Mansion, the twins grew up in Michigan. They were born on Oct. 2, 1989, in Ann Arbor.
Karissa and Kristina got the chance of a lifetime when the original “Girls Next Door” cast decided to leave the mansion and the show. Hef chose the twins, along with Crystal Harris, to be his girlfriends and replace the original cast of Bridgette Marquardt, Holly Madison and Kendra Wilkinson. The twins have since moved out of the mansion and into the Playmate house, but continue to film episodes for the show.
The Wayside has many more appearances in the works, although dates and names have yet to be announced. According to patrons, these appearances have definitely brought an air of excitement to the popular CMU nightspot.
“I like the special appearances because they add a little something extra to a night at the Wayside,” Christopher Blye, CMU senior said.
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