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How celebrities Delta Goodrem, Nadia Bartel and Kyle Stefanovic will take part in the Melbourne Cup

Lunch with friends, dressing up at home and a soiree in the park – how coronavirus has changed the way celebrities including Delta Goodrem, Nadia Bartel and Kyle Stefanovic will celebrate the Melbourne Cup

The Melbourne Cup is the race that stops the nation. 

But in the time of COVID-19, the festivities will be a little different, with raceground shenanigans traded for low-key lunches and viewings at home. 

While the track and upmarket marquees are normally swamped by celebrities, this year the A-list will largely be staying away and celebrating in different ways. 

Changes: The Melbourne Cup is the race that stops the nation. But in the time of COVID-19, the way the festivities will take place will be a little different. Pictured: Nadia Bartel 

Speaking to Adelaide Now, several big names revealed what they had in store for the big day. 

Today show host Karl Stefanovic will be enjoying a lunch with his wife Jasmine and their friends, and has revealed he is backing Verry Elleegant for the win.   

Kerri-Anne Kennerley is also going for the lunch with friends option, and will be backing both Master of Reality and Twilight Payment. 

Song bird: Delta Goodrem will be hard at work on the day, belting out her single Solid Gold at Channel Ten studios, with the performance included in the broadcast. Pictured at the Melbourne Cup in 2012

Song bird: Delta Goodrem will be hard at work on the day, belting out her single Solid Gold at Channel Ten studios, with the performance included in the broadcast. Pictured at the Melbourne Cup in 2012 

A-listers who lunch: Today show host Karl Stefanovic will be enjoying a lunch with his wife Jasmine and their friends. Pictured at Derby Day in 2017

A-listers who lunch: Today show host Karl Stefanovic will be enjoying a lunch with his wife Jasmine and their friends. Pictured at Derby Day in 2017

Another celebrity in the lunch gang is Richard Wilkins, who will also be watching over a fancy meal.   

He plans to attend a shindig at Luke Mangan’s restaurant in Waterloo, Sydney, with the upmarket eatery holding a sold-out Melbourne Cup Luncheon. 

Delta Goodrem will be hard at work on the day, belting out her single Solid Gold at Channel Ten studios, with the performance included in the broadcast. 

Also performing is Neighbours star and recent Masked Singer Australia winner Bonnie Anderson who will be singing the national anthem. 

Low key: Kerri-Anne Kennerley is also going for the lunch with friends option. Pictured at the event last year

Low key: Kerri-Anne Kennerley is also going for the lunch with friends option. Pictured at the event last year

Girt by sea: Also performing is Neighbours star and recent Masked Singer Australia winner Bonnie Anderson who will be singing the national anthem. Pictured at the event last year

Girt by sea: Also performing is Neighbours star and recent Masked Singer Australia winner Bonnie Anderson who will be singing the national anthem. Pictured at the event last year 

One of the few celebrities track side will be former Australian Idol star Rob Mills who will be close to the action on the day.  

A number of celebrities have chosen to watch at home on TV, including The Project’s Tommy Little and actress Lauren Phillips who frock up and tune in with friends in Byron Bay. 

Others will attend formal events, with models Georgia Fowler and Kate Peck believed to be headed for the G.H. Mumm marquee at the Pier One Hotel in Sydney. 

Thick of it: One of the few celebrities track side will be former Australian Idol star Rob Mills who will be close to the action on the day. Pictured at the Birdcage in 2019

Thick of it: One of the few celebrities track side will be former Australian Idol star Rob Mills who will be close to the action on the day. Pictured at the Birdcage in 2019 

Fancy: Another celebrity in the lunch gang is Richard Wilkins. He plans to attend a shindig at Luke Mangan's restaurant in Waterloo, Sydney, with the upmarket eatery holding a sold-out Melbourne Cup Luncheon. Pictured at Derby Day with Virginia Burmeister in 2018

Fancy: Another celebrity in the lunch gang is Richard Wilkins. He plans to attend a shindig at Luke Mangan’s restaurant in Waterloo, Sydney, with the upmarket eatery holding a sold-out Melbourne Cup Luncheon. Pictured at Derby Day with Virginia Burmeister in 2018

Nadia Bartel will be enjoying the show from the Botanic Gardens in Melbourne, and the former WAG is one of the glamazons who will front the race this year as an ambassador.   

Speaking to The Herald Sun on Tuesday, Nadia said: ‘When I first started coming I was more a nursery, carpark girl and I used to go in general a fair bit.’  

The beauty spent time at Flemington Racecourse on Tuesday, looking simply stunning as she showed off her toned pins in a velvet purple mini dress. 

Official business: Nadia will be enjoying the race from the Botanic Gardens in Melbourne. The former WAG is one of the glamazons who will front the race this year as an ambassador

Official business: Nadia will be enjoying the race from the Botanic Gardens in Melbourne. The former WAG is one of the glamazons who will front the race this year as an ambassador

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