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World's most expensive wedding performers

Published: 2:34AM Tuesday August 25, 2009 Source: BANG Showbiz

The Rolling Stones charge five million pounds to perform at weddings making them the world's most expensive wedding performers.

The ageing rockers - made up of frontman Sir Mick Jagger, guitarist Keith Richards, drummer Charlie Watts and guitarist Ronnie Wood - have been named the world's most expensive wedding act, ahead of Sir Elton John and Kylie Minogue who only demand two million pounds to play at nuptials.

In 2002 the Sympathy for the Devil hitmakers - who refuse to perform private shows unless they are already on tour - charged the enormous sum to play a 90-minute set at a lavish party in the US.

Candle in the Wind singer Elton scooped 1.5 million pounds in 2001 after singing along to his piano for a private bash.

However, the pop icon donates all earnings from private concerts to his charity, the Elton John AIDS Foundation, rather than pocket the huge sums.

In the poll - commissioned to celebrate Living TV's Four Weddings series, - US songstress Christina Aguilera was named the fourth priciest performer at 1.5 million pounds a show while British pop star George Michael bags 1.3 million pounds for a private concert.

Troubled Rehab starlet Amy Winehouse, Beatles legend Sir Paul McCartney, X Factor winner Leona Lewis and US star Jennifer Lopez can each demand one million pound for a post-nuptials performance.

The world's 12 most expensive wedding performers, according to Living TV:

1. The Rolling Stones (up to five million pounds)
2. Sir Elton John (up to two million pounds)
= Kylie Minogue (up to two million pounds)
4. Christina Aguilera (up to 1.5 million pounds)
5. George Michael (1.3 million pounds)
6. Amy Winehouse (one million pound)
= Sir Paul McCartney (one million pound)
= Leona Lewis (one million pound)
= Jennifer Lopez (one million pound)
10. Barry Manilow (750,000 pounds)
11. Rod Stewart (600,000 pounds)
12. Duran Duran (500,000 pounds)