Okay, here we go. Bear with me. This is going to be LONG, but well worth the read, I promise. If you just want to read the M&G portion, scroll down to the bolded title. :) And I’m pissed at this note cause I wrote like 7 zillion words, and then it erased right when I was done it, and now it’s GONE. :| Take 2, here we go.
So me, Ko, Mila, and Lauren met up at Union station at 9:30, took the 10AM bus to Hamilton, and spent the bus ride putting together our gifts for the boys. And spazzing, just a little. A little...... :) So, when we got to Hamilton, Katie met us outside the Go terminal, and we walked over to Copps! At Copps, there was a line by the front doors by a couple tour busses, so we joined up that line. Destynie and Nicole were there, so it was awesome to be able to hang out with them for a bit. After a couple hours, Aaron’s mom walked by the line. Ko and I spotted her RIGHT away, grabbed Mila, and went over to her. We talked to her for a long time, because she said she recognized us and was happy to see us. We saw her multiple times throughout the afternoon, but all in all we talked about the beautiful Toronto, how she went to the Toronto Jazz Festival last night, the neighbors in their hometown getting fanmail, Aaron’s offers he’s been getting (AMAZING, YOU WILL LOVE IT, AARON FANS!), how we’re awesome and she hopes we meet him, the heat, and SO much more. It was amazing, and she was SO sweet. She told us she’d see us later, hopefully, and then went back inside. We sat around for some more, and then, after 7ish hours of waiting in the hot sun, and not getting any more than a glimpse at the idols’ silhouettes coming in on their busses, we decided to leave to get cleaned up for the show.
So, we get to Lauren and Mila’s hotel room, fix our hair, our make up, and hang out in the air conditioning (no fun sitting in 42 degrees (over 100F, fyi Americans) for almost 7 hours. Anyways, then after a while of sorting through the gift bags, fixing up the scrapbook for Aaron, etc - we headed to McDonalds right beside the hotel & venue. We ate fast, and went over to will call to pick up all the won tickets! Because of contests and giveaways, Naomi, Katie, Ali, and Megan all got to come as well, AMAZING! :) We went over to the merch table once we got inside, and I bought the Tim headshot, the Aaron headshot, and a keychain. I wanted a tour book, but it was like, $30. Are you serious? As I was making my way to my seat, the ‘Live Like We’re Dying’ video by Kris Allen was on the screens. Fate? I think so. I remembered last year at the show when they were playing David Cook videos that I said ‘NEXT TOUR THEY’LL PLAY KRIS ALLEN!’ So we noted that next tour, they’ll be playing Lee’s videos! Then, after waiting and spazzing etc, the show started!
DIDI opened the show. She was adorable, did Terrified, obviously, and I loved her set. Only 2 songs up until Siobhan, but that’s alright. Better than nothing, I guess?
Then, next was ANDREW. He did Straight Up, duh....and then Sunday Morning by Maroon 5. It was hilarious, he was trying to pump everyone up, but they weren’t having it. No one stood. Kind of sad, actually, hahaha.
Then, there was KATIE! She is a POWERHOUSE, oh my goodness. On the show, she was good - but I didn’t realize she was THAT good! She sang Demi and Christina Aguilera, so I was happy. :) She dropped the mic, and LOLed at herself, and it was hilarious, but yeah, love her!
Who was next? Hmmm, I don’t remember. Jokes, HELLO TIM URBAN! He was terrific, obviously, as he was the one who I was just a little bit excited for, haha. He did Viva La Vida and Better Days, both amazing songs to begin with, and Tim knocked them out of the park! I was so proud of him, and he got the loudest screams up to this point, so that was awesome. At one point, Mila held up a sign that said ERICA! with an arrow pointing to me, and he winked and nodded at me, that was awkward and embarrassing. LOL....
Next up was Siobhan! She’s killer. Screams, crazy outfits, dark lighting, headbanging - the works. She’s legendary hahaha.
You are the most adorable little thing, AARON KELLY! He was also one that I was most excited for. He did Walking in Memphis, Fast Cars and Freedom, and Somebody Like You! He totally is country, and he’ll totally BE country. So excited for what’s coming up for him after tour, PUMPEDD. We went up to the stage for him, cause Mila really wanted to, but we got sent away right away. Sucky, but whatever, our seats were still pretty sweet!
After Aaron, the bottom 6 came out and did The Climb. Beautiful. <3
During intermission, Naomi and Katie called me over to their seats. I went over, and they informed me that from the texting contest to win backstage passes, Naomi won two! But that wasn’t the best part! The best part was that she managed to get 6 rxtras, so we could ALL go back! I spent the rest of the intermission running around the venue, finding all my friends in their seats and telling them that we were ALL GOING BACKSTAGE AFTER THE SHOW! We were all pretty much dying. Then, the show started again, and it started up with ...
Big Mike! He was his usual big cheesefest, but I loved it. He did friggen Justin Timberlake! That was stellar, ahahahah.
After him was the cougar fest Casey! He did his crazy guitar solos, country songs, etc etc. He was actually pretty rad, and I didn’t really even like him on the show.
Crystal is SO amazing, I don’t know why I didn’t like her on the show. Her voice is so ridiculous, and it’s all completely natural. WOW, she’s a beast. She did amazing songs that suited her so well, and I surprised myself by actually enjoying her set!
Last but not least, we got an awesome set from the winner, LEE DEWYZE! He was amazing, with his winning single, Hallelujah (I C U stealing Tim’s thunder), Treat Her Like a Lady, and USE SOMEBODY! That turned out to be the song of the night, ahhah! But yeah, then after a collab of the whole top 10 doing ‘It’s My Life’ and ‘My Life Would Suck Without You’, the show was el completo.
There was the nicest woman sitting next to me during the concert. She LOVED Aaron, Lee, and Casey - and we had some good times screaming and flailing during their sets!
HERE’S THE GOOD PART, people creeping for the after party stories! I'll bold the Tim and Aaron parts, cause they are the best. If anything, read those. <3 So proud and excited about this, so I love it that I can share the story. <3
We all met up at the back of the floor, and were led to a room where we were told about how it is an “informal meet and greet, you can talk about anything, get pics, autographs, whatever you want!” So, we were stoked. We were told they’d come in around 5-10 minutes, but after like, 2 minutes - Tim and Aaron came in grinning from ear to ear, followed by the rest of the Idols! The first Idol I went up to was Aaron. I went over with Ko and Mila so we could give him his gift basket. He was SOO excited. He told us he recognized us cause we’re the 3 who tweet him all the time, and he was so excited we were there. That’s when his mom came in, and was talking about how she was SO excited that out of everyone in the venue, we were the ones who got to come hang backstage. He was SO excited looking at the snuggie, dogtag, waterguns, cards, and more that we got him. He asked us all for HUGE hugs (multiple, not just one each, LOL love this kid) and said it was the best fangifts EVER!!!!!.
After that, I decided it was time to go find another Idol, so I turned around and Didi was literally RIGHT there. So I was like, “oh, hai!” And we hugged, talked about how awesome Canada is and Toronto is, and how she’d love to come back. She said we were the best crowd, and she loved being here. I forgot to get a pic with her, wtf. Oh well, anyways, then Katie walked into the room (she wasn’t there before? Weird....)
Since I was by the door, I went up to her, next. Told her she was amazing, and she said it was so embarassing how she dropped the mic. I told her it was okay, everyone still thought she was amazing. We hugged, took a photo, and walked over to the back of the room together, where her brother was hanging out with Mike and Andrew and Siobhan. Siobhan was drawing on his arm, and Katie turned to me and was like “They ALWAYS draw all over my brother, I don’t get it!” and we all laughed. Then I talked to Siobhan about how ridiculous her voice is, and she hugged me. Big Mike squeezed me and called me “little sweetie”, and Andrew LOLed and walked over to Tim. That’s when I realized I hadn’t even talked to Tim yet! So I decided I’d rather not get pics with the other 3 I was just with, so I could go hang out with Turban.
When I went over to Tim, he was talking to Naomi about the Beatles. Then, Naomi left to find another Idol or something (LOL, idk ... was just paying attention to Tim) and he turned to me and was like, “Oh, hey!!!!” The girls had brought me up to him before, and told him I was there, and he remembered me and said he knew I’d be there or something? IDK, so then when I saw him he seemed excited! I handed him the gift basket we all got him, and he was SO pumped. He looked in, and the first thing that he saw was the snuggie and I told him that I don’t know if he’d need it because it’s SO HOT, but he was like, “You know, I was actually JUST talking about wanting one on the bus the other day, because it’s so FRIGGEN COLD ON THERE”, and then we laughed. I told him I got Aaron on too, and then he and I looked over to Aaron, where Mila was helping him put on his dogtag. Tim was like, “Ooooh, what’s going on over there?!” and like wiggled his eyebrows. I was like, “She must be helping him put on the dogtag, HAHA. You got one too!” and he was pumped. He told me that he’d look through it all later, and tweet me and message me what he thought of it. (Which he actually has done, twice int he past day. :D) Anywho, then I asked him what he thought of Toronto. I asked him if he stayed in Hamilton or Toronto the night before, and he said he was in Toronto, and went up to the top of the needle the night before, and that it was SO AWESOME! I was like, “Oh yeah the CN Tower! It’s so terrifying up at the top! And he LOLed really hard at that. He said that he actually loved Canada, and he wanted to definitely come back. He told me his plans for after tour, and then promised that he’d come to Canada on his tour when he has one. At that point, some girls ran up to him, squealed and asked for a photo, so I told him I’d be back soon, and he was like, “OKAY!!”
I wandered up to Crystal after that. She was the same height as me, so weird. As she was signing the picture, she said that she really wished Canadians could vote because we were all so awesome. She was hilarious, she was like, “I know it’s AMERICAN Idol, but....you watch! So you should vote!” And then we took a photo together. ^___^
Then, I spotted Lee. I ran up to him, told him that before I forgot, I wanted to let him know that I’m friends with his cousin, and he was like, “Oh, yeah yeah! She told me that she knew someone here! That’s awesome! Hey!” And he gave me a huge grin and hug. We took a photo a little later, but I’ll just include it in the Lee section here, and he rubs EVERYONE’S backs when you’re posing, it’s hilarious.
After that, I went over to talk to Ko and Casey, who were in a very deep conversation. While I was talking to Casey about the really hot weather in Hamilton, and how he didn’t know it got so hot up here, Tim and me locked eyes from across the room. I’m not delusional and think he’s in love with me, it just excited me. He smiled at me, and then went back to talking to the other fan he was signing for. Me and Ko both took pics with Casey, and then since I didn’t particularly care for him on the show that much, I told him he was great, he grinned, hugged me, and then I went over to Tim again, where he was talking to Mila.
They were talking about high school graduation, and how Mila was scared she was going to trip on stage, and Lauren agreed. Then I said that I had to coach myself in my head going up the stairs, because I was so paranoid. And he was like, “Yeeeah, I’m pretty sure I tripped at mine....” And I LOLed and said I wish I could have seen that, and he like, scowled and grinned at me, it was adorable. After that, Mila mentioned about how some guy at hers fist pumped on stage cause people dared him to, and then Tim was like, “There’s always that one person who comes out and like ..... *fist pumps*, and everyone’s like, all shifty and like OK BYE!” and then he walked away and LOLed and came back. It was hilarious. He then asked us what we graduated from, and they said high school. I told him I graduated 2 years ago, that I was almost 20. He was like, “Oh, I would have guessed you were around 18 too! But don’t take that the wrong way!! That’s a good thing!! People think I’m 21, and I’m like ......” And I was like, “Um, Tim, you ARE 21?” And he was like, Hahah, yeah, I was just trying to make you feel better. Then Mila mentioned her audition she had the next day, and it went a little something like this, in the words of Mila. At this point, I was zoned out cause I couldn’t believe I was having this huge convo with TIM, so Mila says it happened like this, “I was like “Oh…well I have this audition tomorrow for a commercial downtown” and he was like “Oh! Cool!” and Aaron’s mum was also there. Erica was like “Yep! She’s gonna be famous!” so I was like “Hum…yeah…uh..maybe…well..idk…uh..”
Then, Aaron had to leave and started walking out. At this point, it was only us in there, and the only 2 Idols still in there were Tim and Aaron. So, I went over to say bye to Aaron one more time, and his mom was there. Aaron told us to have a safe and good trip home, and to roll down the windows and blast some music. Then he proceeded to fist pump the air and headbang. It was hilarious, wish I had filmed that LOL. Then we told Aaron’s mom we’d message her with reviews we find from the show, and keep her posted, because she’d asked us to do that earlier that afternoon. Aaron told us he was going to twitpic himself in the snuggie, and we said that we got Tim one too. Then, he looked so distraught and was like “ARE THEY THEY SAM!? D:” So I told him that his eas blue, and Tim’s was brown, and he told us he’d take a picture for us of the two of them wearing them. Aaron grinned at us one last time, said bye, promised he’d keep in touch via twitter about the gift basket and what he thought, and walked away.
Then, there was only Tim left. He was walking around to say bye to the other fans in there (like, 2 others LOL) and Naomi decided she wanted to ask him to sing with her. So she called him over just as he was being ushered out. She was like “I know this is a little weird, but could you and me sing together? It would be amazing.” And then someone was like “TIM WE HAVE TO LEAVE” and he said that he was only staying a few more minutes, and grinned at us. So then he asked her what she wanted to sing, and they decided on Use Somebody. I recorded it, and my friends were LOLing at me because I was in awe. Like, HELLO. Private Tim urban concert backstage with just him, me, and my best friends?! Insane. They finished singing, and he said bye to all of us. He then also promised that the second he crossed back over the border, he could use his phone again and he’d tweet me about the gifts, and what he thought. He tweeted me this morning about how he and Aaron would take a picture ASAP in them, which means they must have discussed it. Heheh girlies, we win. ANYWAYS. Then it was all over, and we squeed, and went back to Naomi’s.
Phew. That was friggen long. BUT READ IT. :| :)