First and foremost, I owe a HUGE thanks to Neverland for this rare opportunity. She had an extra ticket for tonights, Wednesday May 10ths, results show. This was an AMAZING experience!! Those of you that are idol fans, if you think watching it on TV is good, you should try it in person. And if the results show is this good, and only being a half hour, then the Tuesday show is even more awesome!!! Here's a recap.
NNL got there about noonish, she lives closer than I do. Once I got there, about 12:30ish, the two of us hung out for a bit and talked about different stuff. And shortly after a quick Subway run, and a run to our cars to drop things off, it was getting closer to us getting in. First, TV Guide channel came by and was showing people on camera and having games with some of the more larger groups in line. About 4 or 4:30 they started letting people in. What we had was not a gaurantee to get in, but we had a good shot being that we were towards the front of the line. It was on a first come first serve basis, but they also had to let the priority seatings in first, which includes family and celebrities.
Speaking of celebrities, we were around the corner from the entrance to the studio, waiting to get our tickets and walked in. Then the Mowry twins, their brother, and the rest of their party walked by. I got to see them up front and personal, even saying hi to both of them, and getting a hi back from each of them. They are really sweet, and much more of that to come. We got our tickets, and had to walk through the security checkpoint and metal detectors, leaving my cellphone. I felt naked, and I REALLY wished I had it on me. After about 5 minutes, we were allowed inside and went to our seats. We were in the A section, which was along the back row, but not in the back grandstands, and I was right on the aisle.
Walking into the studio was like walking out onto a legedary stadium such as Yankee stadium for the first time. You always see it on TV but it looks even more incredible in person. We sat here for a while, crowd watching, and watching as they prepped the show. I was watching the side door for any celebrities that might come in. Shortly, the Mowrys came in, walked right by us, walked right down the aisle I was on, and sat in the aisle right across from me!!!! When they came here, I turned to Lori (NNL) and gave her the wide eyes, like "HOLY CRAP!!" It was like being a kid in a candy store, I tell ya. Two rows up, was Kat's family, and in front of them was Chris'. I was so tempted to go up and talk to them. Before showtime, a line started developing of little girls wanting to get the twins autographs. One crewmember said they needed to get back to their seats, but thankfully every single one of them was able to have their night made and get their autographs. As I said, the twins were very sweet and awesome for doing this. Any celebrity could have turned them away. They took it in stride.
A short while later, the guy who warms up the crowd was pulling anyone who could dance, for some tshirts. All he got was about 5 young girls, and they were all adorable!! The entire audience was ELECTRIC!!!! It was loud!!! It was awesome!!!! Rebecca Romaijn <sp?> came in, with who everyone on tv found out, was her fiance Jerry O'Connoll. They introduced the judges, first Randy who came down the back row and I got a hi-five from him. Then Simon, who did get everyone cheering, who went up the front. Then Paula, who also came down the back row, got a hi-five from her. Both her and Randy stopped to say hi to the Mowrys. Then they intro'd the idols. Then finally out came Ryan. It was very loud in there and was awesome to see the show being filmed.
I won't go into too much details, because most of you watched it, but between commercial breaks, there were interactments with the audience and the crowd warmer guy. He would go among the audience and let certain members ask the Idols questions. If I hadn't have been here to see this, I would be done with the show because my favorite is now gone. But I will also say another thing. I wasn't a fan of Taylor, but after seeing him perform, that guy has some talent. It was also amazing to see how much of a fan base that both Taylor and Elliot have.
Well, after the show was finished, we had to wait for most of the stage to clear. It was basically everyone's chance to say their goodbyes to Chris. It was really kind of a somber, shocking moment. After about 10 to 15 minutes, everyone was allowed to exit and we made it outside. On the way out, I stopped by where Kat's mom and family were sitting (Dad was in back) and said "She has done so good, and no matter what happens, she will be fine. She is very good." And got a thanks from them. I got my cellphone back and we made our way out the parking lot. Before coming to the corner, we were stopped by some staff member asking our opinions and believe me I got some sound bytes in there. It was just incredible and this is an experience I will remember for a lifetime. Here I wait for the replay which comes on in about 20 minutes.
This is Phoenix, end of report.