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“You’re going to be blown away by the way it looks. It’s [going to be] breathtaking and very California,” the energetic executive producer of ET and The Insider, Linda Bell Blue, tells The Hollywood Reporter.
The bash, held for the third year at Vibiana, will be limited to “a small and intimate” 1,200 — which, in recent years, has included CBS talent like How I Met Your Mother‘s Neil Patrick Harris, the Glee cast and Twilight‘s Kellan Lutz. The space, a former church, will be decorated in “super bright colors.”
With California Tourism as the premiere sponsor, the Along Came Mary-catered fete will feature “wine up and down the coast, seafood, fresh food,” says Bell Blue.
U.K. beauty company Boots (“Where Pippa Middelton buys her makeup,” points out Bell Blue) will sponsor a beauty bar. “It’s a whole back area where you can get your makeup refreshed and a million things done – or just take your shoes off and sit down. It’s a long day. By the time the Emmys are over, it’s 8 p.m. and everyone is starving!” says Bell Blue.
The legendary gift bag features a two-night stay — with free golf and spa treatments — at the recently renovated La Costa, among others.
Bell Blue won’t reveal the performer for another two weeks, but Mary J. Blige, Prince and Cyndi Lauper are among those who have graced the stage in prior years.
“She’s a Grammy-winning artist who will blow everyone away,” she promises. “Here’s a hint: many of her songs are sung on Glee.”
But after the big party, it’s back to work for Bell Blue, and the rest of her team, including co-anchors Nancy O’Dell and Mark Steines.
“I go back home, pull off the false eyelashes, put on the gym clothes and stay up all night doing the show,” she tells THR. “It’s glamour for awhile, but we’re journalists. I’m at the party to figure out how to cover it!”
The Emmys air Sept. 18 on Fox.
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