And then (dramatic drum roll).....
We arrived at the coliseum and sweated a river which smeared the makeup a bit, and the humidity caused our hair to shrivel back up and become all frizzy. I must say though -- the sweatiness and frizzy hair was so, so, so worth it.
(all photo credit goes to Maddie, Taylor, and Kimmy)
When we got there to see the X Factor auditions, I totally knew we would have a blast. But not this much of a blast
One: The seven teens + myself got special ground level access tickets. Apparently they prefer to have teens for the cameras (guys, there were so many video cameras) rather than adults. It was a-m-a-z-i-n-g.
Two: Right as we were about to head inside of the coliseum, an X Factor crew member unexpectedly came up to us and asked if we would be a part of a special filming for the show. We instantly agreed. She gathered a few more people and they just, well, -- filmed. Ha.
(where we stood for the filming)
Three: We sprinted across the coliseum in our high-heels to get good ground seats. We got on the 4th row and were about 10 feet away from the judges. I'm not even kidding.
Four: The show was fantastic + insanely fun in and of itself.
Five: Simon made eye contact and waved at me three times. One of those times was when there was a dead silence and I shouted, "I LOVE YOU SIMON!" and then the whole audience screamed. What can I say? I get adrenalin rush and am suddenly not a wall flower when I'm around famous people.
Britney and Demi are oh-so beautiful
Six: My friend's small group leader's (who came with us) niece auditioned. Sadly, she didn't make the cut, but she sang well and we enjoyed watching her nonetheless!
Seven: Lightning struck the coliseum three times. It was terrifying. There was a massive storm for about an hour and a half while we were there. Somebody would be auditioning, everybody screaming and clapping, and then -- we would hear something like a sonic boom and suddenly a bunch of lights would go out. It was kind of cool yet in a terrifying way though.
Eight: You know the guest judge L.A. Reid? Well, he was getting ready to go backstage, but Breanna and I sprinted across the floor and I practically begged him, "Wait! Can I hug you? Can I like please hug you?!" So I gave him a hug. A legit two armed hug. And he smelled good -- just thought I'd throw that out there.
Simon, Britney, Demi, L.A.
This was a wonderful experience that I will remember forever.