Simon Cowell 50th birthday party
The ‘American Idol’ judged celebrated reaching the landmark age with a £1 million bash at stately home Wrotham Park in Barnet, Hertfordshire yesterday (03.10.09).
The event was a star-studded affair, boasting 400 guests including supermodels Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell, singers Cheryl Cole and Dannii Minogue and chef Gordon Ramsay.
Several of Simon’s ex-girlfriends were also in attendance, including Terri Seymour, Sinitta and Jackie St Clair.
After being welcomed into the historic building by the image of Simon, guests were treated to a number of other surprises which ensured they didn’t forget whose birthday it was.
Waiters in a Moulin Rouge-themed marquee donned masks of Simon’s face, while the bread rolls presented with dinner spelled his name.
The meal included ‘Simon’s Chicken Soup’, which boasted pasta shapes also in the music mogul’s name.
Inside the palatial building a fake Michelangelo artwork was installed on the ceiling, again featuring Simon’s image.
What a swellegant, Cowell-egant party as Simon celebrates 50th birthday with £1m bash
The guest list was divided into sections including Cowell’s family, friends, additions, UK and US colleagues, guests from his company, Syco, and the record label, Sony, producers, artists, Press and others.
The eclectic crowd included actor Kevin Spacey, property millionaires Nick and Christian Candy, supermodels Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss and her boyfriend Jamie Hince, Cheryl and Ashley Cole, Gordon Ramsay and his wife Tana, Katie Price, Lord Lloyd-Webber and his wife Madeleine, Michael Winner and his girlfriend Geraldine Lynton-Davies, Myleene Klass and her agent Jonathan Shalit, singer Olivia Newton-John and of course, Simon’s coterie of ex-girlfriends; former singer Sinitta, TV presenter Terri Seymour and his best friend, ex-glamour model Jackie St Claire.
Britain’s Got Talent winner Paul Potts, girl band Escala, Rhydian and X Factor winner Shayne Ward were among the guests as was Sharon Osbourne, who famously fell out with Cowell when she was dropped from the X Factor in favour of Cheryl Cole.
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Simon Cowell Throws Himself A $1.6 Million Birthday BashSimon Cowell Throws Himself A $1.6 Million
You only turn 50 once is what Simon Cowell seems to be saying. He’s celebrating Saturday night with 400 of his closest friends at a party reportedly costing $1.6 million!
The event is happening at Wrotham Park, a Palladian mansion outside of London where a giant tent (and a separate one for smokers like the birthday boy) was erected days earlier.
Simon’s American Idol pals Randy Jackson and Ryan Seacrest flew into London earlier in the week and were out clubbing Friday night.
Paula Abdul was uncertain about going because of the flu.
The guest list includes Simon’s good friend Sir Elton John who may perform alongside Cowell’s musical discoveries Leona Lewis and Il Divo. Others expected are Simon’s ex-girlfriend, Terri Seymour of TV’s Extra, supermodels Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss, AI make-up artist and Simon’s
good friend Mezhgan Hussainy, and Simon’s beloved “mum” Julie Cowell.
SIMON’S £1M BIRTHDAY BASH MEDIA MOGUL CELEBRATES MILESTONE WITH 400 GUESTS
SIMON Cowell’s 50th birthday celebrations started in Miami last week but ended with a lavish star-studded bash.
The media mogul, who didn’t skimp on marking the milestone, kicked things off by jetting his closest pals to the US for some time in the sun.
But last night’s 400 party guests didn’t miss out on the special treatment. They were driven to the Hertfordshire stately home, just outside London, in a fleet of limousines, hired at a cost of £50, 000.
Guests included dozens of Simon’s friends, such as actor Kevin Spacey, fellow X Factor judges Cheryl Cole and Dannii Minogue, Naomi Campbell, Gordon Ramsay, Myleene Klass and Katie Price.
There were even pre-recorded birthday messages from Jennifer Aniston and David and Victoria Beckham.
The dining rooms of the mansion were decorated in a 20s theme with towers of white blossoms and scattered with scented candles.
Supermodel Kate Moss serenaded the birthday boy during the after-dinner cabaret show, which included performances by Leona Lewis, Westlife and Il Divo.
Review: Kelly Clarkson opens fall tour at Mohegan Sun
If Kelly Clarkson harbored any lingering hard feelings about the flap this summer over her song “Already Gone, ” she didn’t let it show Friday at Mohegan Sun.
She also didn’t perform the song the way it sounds on the album, abandoning the blustery arrangement co-writer Ryan Tedder used in similar form on Beyonce’s “Halo” in favor of a simpler acoustic set up.
It worked beautifully, just like the rest of the opening show on Clarkson’s fall tour.
With a mix of songs from each of her four albums, and a handful of eclectic covers, the original — and best — “American Idol” champion showcased her powerful voice for 90 minutes.
Backed by an 11-piece band, including three horns, and an enthusiastic audience well versed in her songs, Clarkson looked like she was having a great time.She waved at people in the crowd, beamed brightly when the crowd took over on vocals and jumped in circles when she was particularly immersed in a song.
KTIS birthday bash a stylish celebration of 60 years
Local Christian radio station KTIS celebrated 60 years in the business in the company of 6, 593 friends and supporters Saturday night at the Xcel Energy Center.
Headlined by gospel star Michael W. Smith, the evening offered both live music and plenty of reminiscing about the station’s history, from its meager beginnings to its current status as one of the country’s leading Christian outlets. Indeed, the slick, interactive evening stood in stark contrast to the wing-and-a-prayer birth of the station in 1949, when its studio was housed in a non-soundproofed room in the gymnasium at Northwestern College.
Sixth-season “American Idol” contestant Phil Stacey opened with a set list heavy on his sophomore album, “Into the Light.” While the faith-based lyrics remain front and center, Stacey’s material sounds quite similar to the softer side of Coldplay, particularly “It’s Gotta Be Love.” He then took a more traditional turn with the ultra-patriotic “Old Glory, ” followed by a sing-along version of “America the Beautiful.”