Wheels weren’t the only things in a spin at the Abu Dhabi F1. T’Town descended on the capital for the Grand Prix weekend – we’re talking Kylie Minogue, Mel C, and Eminem who all seemed to be in a wild mood. Mel got saucy on stage on Thursday, showing off a new flirty feminine side, interjected with rockstar antics and heavier tunes. Let’s just say Sporty Spice is long gone!
Kylie Minogue, after belting out hits like Spinning Around at the du Arena, headed to Amber Lounge with her sister Dannii where they really let their hair down – dancing on sofas to her own songs and re-enacting the famous Dirty Dancing lift in the middle of the club! At the star-studded Chequered Flag Ball, Leona Lewis confirmed her diva reputation by refusing to stand up when taking photos with fans, but Olympic gold medallist Jessica Ennis won us over with her super friendly attitude and banter about fashion! Take that, Leona.
At Skybar on Saturday, after having two of her shows cancelled on Thursday, Missy Elliot spontaneously jumped off stage and sang from the middle of the crowd, much to the dismay of her security guards. Missy more than made up for R’n’B singer Akon’s poor lip syncing performance on Thursday. Who knew he was such a diva!
Nickelback rocked the stage at du Arena, with frontman Chad Kroeger, who happens to be Avril Lavigne’s fiancé, changing guitars not once but four times. There was also drama at the Gifting Lounge where VIPs were chucked out so Wyclef Jean, who was in town to perform at Mo*Vida, could browse the freebies in peace. Must be nice! Gerard Butler also made his way over to our neck of the woods.
On Sunday, rapper Eminem wowed an insanely excited crowd with rousing renditions of classics like Slim Shady but the tune of the night was his encore of Lose Yourself. Incredible!
As for F1 superstars, Ahlan! rubbed shoulders with sporting A-listers such as former Irish racing driver Eddie Jordan and German F1 driver Sebastian Vettel, who wasn’t too happy after being disqualified from the qualifier due to a fuel testing problem. Plus F1 drivers Vitaly Petrov and Heikki Kovalainen took us on a drive around the track!
Oh, and there was some racing too. Kimi Raikkonen roared to victory after a nail-biting race closely followed by Fernando Alonso and man of the day Vettel who miraculously managed to claw his way back from the pit lane to the podium.
Sadly for British fans, homegrown hero Lewis Hamilton didn’t do quite so well. He was forced to pull over 20 laps in after a “fuel pick-up problem”. We think this is kind of like a wardrobe malfunction, but for cars. Better luck next time, Lewis! You’ve still got fans at Ahlan! HQ.
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‘I Love A Good Lip Sync, I do’
Akon didn’t have to bother learning the words to any of his songs, he just lip synced to a backing track. Naughty.
‘Holla! What Superstorm?’
Missy Elliot wasn’t going to get a little old thing like Superstorm Sandy hold her back. Check her out giving the crowd some love on Saturday. She worked it!
‘Fancy Seeing You Here’
Lyn and Rachel met Team Lotus in the pits. Do you think the guy on the right’s been sunbathing? He seems to like his tan while his mate seems much more keen on our Rachel.
Leona Loves Lyn and Rachel
Divalicious Miss Lewis might have been less than polite to her fans but she was nice to Ahlan!
‘This One’s For You, Avril!’
Avril Lavigne’s boy Chad led Nickelback in a knock-out run through of their classics.
Do you know who it is?
It’s Kylie, babes! Loving Miss Minogue’s disguise as she prepared to take to the stage at F1 weekend. Also loving the hot eye makeup. Why can’t we look like that?
‘Oh no! So Close’
Poor old Lewis Hamilton was gutted to go out on lap 20. He took it well though and there wasn’t a tantrum in sight, he was just disappointed, bless him.
It’s not often you stumble across a pair of Minogues on your travels. Check out Kylie and Dannii post-race.
The Real Slim Shady
We love us some Eminem, and we weren’t alone. The crowd went mental for Marshall!
Ooh look at those biceps! Spice Girl Mel C’s giving Madonna a run for her money with those babies. Not that we’re jealous or anything, it just reminded us we might want to renew our gym membership. Love you, Mel, come back soon!
Jessica Ennis Meets Ahlan!
Olympian Jessica Ennis was a total sweetheart, much nicer than that Leona lady. She signed autographs and stopped for a lovely natter with Team Ahlan! Thanks Jess!