Plus: Martha picks her Apprentice, Sheryl Crow goes Home for the Holidays, and more

By Marla Lehner Serena Kappes
December 17, 2005 06:00 AM

Elton John and longtime partner David Furnish plan to marry on Wednesday. PEOPLE has the latest on their wedding plans, plus other events to watch for in the coming week:

MONDAY, DEC. 19: Once again, it’s trophy time for the year’s top pop stars, as the Radio Music Awards air live from Las Vegas (NBC, 9 p.m. ET). Up for song of the year in the mainstream hit radio category are such performers as Kelly Clarkson (for “Behind Those Hazel Eyes” and “Since U Been Gone,”) Green Day (for “Boulevard of Broken Dreams”) and Mariah Carey (for “We Belong Together”). Scheduled performers include Snoop Dogg, Rascal Flatts, Ricky Martin, Keith Urban, Sugarland and Carmen Electra’s burlesque group, the Pussycat Dolls. Ashlee Simpson, who was scheduled to perform, has cancelled her appearance after collapsing from exhaustion in Japan on Thursday.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 21: Sir Elton John weds longtime partner David Furnish at Windsor’s Guildhall, the same venue where Prince Charles married Camilla Parker Bowles in April. The same registrar will officiate for John, 58, and Furnish, 43, who are taking advantage of new laws recognizing gay partnerships in Britain. Though the reception won’t be a public affair (they turned down a $10 million offer for video footage), John and Furnish, who met in 1993, won’t swear their 650 guests to secrecy. “All anyone has been asked to do is come along and have a great time,” their rep, Gary Farrow, tells PEOPLE. When asked if Furnish will have a new title after the ceremony, given that John is a “sir,” Farrow says, “He will remain a mister.”

Martha Stewart will choose her prot g on the two-hour season finale of The Apprentice: Martha Stewart (NBC, 8 p.m.). It’s down to Bethenny, 34, a natural foods chef from New York City, and Dawna, 37, the founder of Her Sports magazine who lives in St. Petersburg, Fla. The winner will receive a $250,000 apprenticeship working alongside the domestic diva and her executives at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia.

Jamie Lee Curtis hosts the seventh annual A Home For the Holidays special to raise awareness for adoption (CBS, 8 p.m.), also featuring Mary J. Blige, Sheryl Crow, George Lopez, Toni Braxton and more. The heart-warming special focuses on kids who need homes – and on success stories of children who have found families to adopt them. Blige tells Extra of the children: “It is really important for them to know that they mean something to someone. They mean something to the world.”

Movies (now in theaters): King Kong, starring Naomi Watts, Jack Black and Adrien Brody; The Family Stone, starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Dermot Mulroney and Diane Keaton; The Producers, starring Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane and Uma Thurman; Three Burials of Melquiades, starring Tommy Lee Jones
Music (in stores Tuesday): Jamie Foxx, Unpredictable; Mary J. Blige, The Breakthrough; Ryan Adams, 29; Depeche Mode, Pain That I’m Used To; The Notorious B.I.G., Duets; Phish, Live at Madison Square Garden: New Year’s Eve 1995
DVDs (in stores Tuesday): The Brothers Grimm; The Exorcism of Emily Rose; Serenity; Must Love Dogs; Four Brothers; The Great Raid; The Amazing Race: The Seventh Season; The Biggest Loser Workout, Vol. 1; Party of Five: The Complete Second Season; Battlestar Galactica: Season 2.0.