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  • Dita Von Teese making her small screen debut on 'CSI'

    Dita Von Teese. (Reuters)

    Dita Von Teese fans, set your DVRs.

    The burlesque beauty is performing her signature sultry champagne glass dance on the January 20 episode “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.”

    Von Teese makes her small screen debut with her performance, “It’s great because it’s a big episode, and I play my very good friend Eric Szmanda’s love interest,” Von Teese told BlackBook magazine. “Originally, I was just going to make a small cameo of some kind, but now I play three different characters! It’s a great challenge for me, much different than creating and performing burlesque shows.”

    PHOTOS: Dita Hot Shots.

    Her “CSI” castmates were already familiar with Von Teese’s work.

    “Most of the cast and crew have seen my burlesque show, and they’re really a great team, and are all very encouraging,” she said. “I couldn’t ask for a better television debut, especially on such a great show, and there’s a moment where viewers get to see a glimpse of my actual burlesque show.”

    On the episode entitled “A Kiss Before Frying,” Von Teese plays Ellen Whitebridge, a mild-mannered school teacher who falls for investigator Greg Sanders (Eric Szmanda) while taking a tour of the CSI crime lab. She then reappears in character as her murdered French grandmother, Agnes La Plouffe.

    Finally, she performs her famous strip tease as “Dita Von Squeeze” in an oversized cocktail glass, peeling down from a glamorous beaded gown to nothing but rhinestone skivvies.

    Von Teese’s costar Eric was impressed.  “I was in love with her the minute I met her,” Szmanda said. “I’m excited fans will finally delve into Greg’s mysterious private world. This is by far the biggest episode I’ve ever had.”

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