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Liam to party with Elton at the star's glitzy Oscar bash

TV presenter Liam McKenna has nabbed a coveted ticket to attend Elton John's Oscar party in LA.

The Diary can reveal how the handsome X Factor production assistant is the envy of all his showbiz friends after landing a pass to attend the glitzy VIP bash in America next month.

And the former Six singer won't be going there on his own -- he'll be joining a group of pals at the swish party that includes wacky personalities Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne.

He's now expected to be reporting back to RTE's Afternoon Show, where he has a regular showbiz slot, on all the hot goss from the red carpet event, given that it will be packed with familiar faces.

"This is really going to be the creme de la creme who'll be going to this party," said a close source.

"For anyone who isn't attending the actual Academy Awards ceremony, this party is the hottest ticket in town -- it's up there with the Vanity Fair party.

"Elton and David Furnish always pull out all the stops to make sure it's a night that everyone will remember. Money is no object and there certainly won't be any sign of a recession at this event. Liam's over the moon about going to it. It's his first time attending anything like this and he's really looking forward to it."

Taking place at the Pacific Design Centre on Sunday, March 7, things will kick off with a cocktail reception and a formal dinner, before everyone watches the 82nd Annual Academy Awards on a specially erected large screen.

Liam will be joining 650 celebrity guests at the black-tie charity event, which last year raised $4m (€2.9m) for the Elton John Aids Foundation -- with tickets costing €2,700 a pop.

Among those on the list for this year's party are David Beckham and wife Victoria, Ellen De Generes and Portia de Rossi, and Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban.