today was the greatest. and sadly the only photo-documented proof i have of the day is this picture:
i had been having panic attacks for five days straight, waiting for my trusty american idol email to come through and offer me free tickets like it has the past two years. however, despite the fact i registered four different email addresses this year, i had nothing as of monday night. totally sad.
THEN my friend heather called last night and said SHE had gotten the email! only thing was, hers was for seat-filler tickets, not actual tickets to the show. whatever -- we are always up for an adventure. so, i rearranged my work schedule, called up my fellow idol-loving friend dana and booked it to the nokia theater this afternoon. [literally. i made it from cypress to downtown in 20 minutes. world record.]
dana and i met up with heather and her friend marissa and waited outside for a few hours with our fellow seat-filler friends [no cell phones or cameras allowed, sadly]. i was skeptical as to what would actually happen to us inside the theater -- in theory, seat-fillers wait in the wings and then swoop in to fill seats for ten minutes while important people use the bathroom. imagine my surprise when the planets aligned and i ended up in the fourth row for the entire show -- and then my heart just about stopped when they filled the rest of our area.
picture this: me. fourth row. the only people between me and the stage -- the 11 idols already voted off, plus kris allen's cute wife and parents. um, yeah. i almost died. the WHOLE show i just sat and stared at these people i'd been watching on tv for the past five months.
we high fived, we waved, we chatted. the idols were delightful and friendly -- they really look like a fun bunch of people to hang out with. and just in case you're wondering, allison does NOT bleach her hair blond before dying it red. i interviewed her myself.
we also got to see a ton of actors and former idols -- david archuleta, ruben, carly, melinda, justin, etc. katie holmes carried her alien baby in for one adam song and then left. anthony hopkins & wife hugged kris' parents and said they loved him. celeb spotting is fun. oh, and i hope kris wins tomorrow...but both guys were good.
today was everything i hoped for :)
p.s. did anyone else catch glee after a.i. tonight? i think i am going to like that show...any pilot that includes a rockin a capella version of "don't stop believing" is definitely on my good list.