Holy cow, what luck!! Best week ever for you - and mainly because Chris mentioned 'you' and 'underpants' in the same sentence. Shees. I'm green with envy!Well. This day was rather amazing. Last night, on our way to the Hollywood Bowl, my son called and said he got an email that said he had tickets to see Coldplay's performance on American Idol tonight. I couldn't believe it and had pretty much resigned myself to the fact that I wouldn't be going
For big live performances, and depending on the performer's schedule, American Idol will record them ahead of time, and edit the performance into the Live Show that air tonight on Fox. So we went to the Coldplay-only portion of the show. The "regular" American Idol results show will be shown live to the east coast, with the CP performance edited in.
We left early early this morning to drive the 60 miles to Los Angeles, my 14 year old daughter and me, and we were meeting my son and his friend at the studio. We got there really early, only 5 people in line, so we decided to have breakfast. This was 7am, and our tickets said to arrive by 10:30, so we figured we were fine. Had a quick bite, and went back to the line. By now, there were 17 people. I've been to Idol tapings before and I know they overbook, but since we were 18-21 in line, I knew we were fine. We waited about 2 hours before Idol staff came and checked id's, and the ticket.
They let us in to the waiting area, and we went through a metal detector, and had to surrender our cell phones. We were each given 2 xylobands! I said hello to one of their crew I've spoken with a few times. And we waited another hour and a half. It's rather organized chaos, they way they file people into the studio, and at first I was concerned, because so many others were let in first. I needn't have worried! We were told to go to the front row! I was beyond excited. Saw the crew person who was happy for us for our seats And saw another one of their crew whom I met in San Jose. He saw me there and came over to shake my hand, and laughed when I said "I'm here again!"
Then the MC, Corey, came out, to get us even more excited about seeing the boys. He chatted a bit with audience people, told us what to expect, just banter to fill up some time and get everyone in the mood - like I needed that. LOL He said the band would be performing 2 songs and might need to do more than one take. We were all fine with that. Then there was some tech stuff with the producer and director, and then they came out! And the crowd went crazy. Chris thanked us all for coming out so early in the morning, and they were going to sing 2 songs for us, if that was ok.
They did Paradise twice. Then more MC banter and talking. T his was when I told the MC that I'm a huge fan and today was the 17th time I've seen them. A minute later, during a short break, he came back over to me and asked my name. I told him Dianne, and he said to the band, Dianne says this is the 17th time she's seen you. I about died. Chris looks at me and says, "thank you very much. You paid for my trousers. And my underwear." I wish I could have responded, but the MC had the microphone. I just gave him a smile and thumbs up. Oh my gosh, I was dying.
They went through ETIAW twice and the 2nd time, they did it with lasers and the confetti. Chris was all over the stage, looking amazing as always, did his dancing right in front of me, made eye contact with those blue eyes. And then, it was all over. They didn't do a bow, but came and waved to everyone and Chris thanked all of us again. And they left.
What a fun way to spend a Thursday morning!
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