This was really a last minute adventure as the TV appearance was probably only announced a week or so beforehand. I was going back and forth on whether or not it was worth the trip up, but just less than 2 days before the big event I shockingly got an email through the fanclub that I had won tickets. Eek! Well now I had to go.... So I frantically informed work I wouldn't be there on Wednesday and made my travel plans.
The major downside of these shows are that they tape so freakin early in the morning. My friend, Anne Marie, headed into the city super early and got in line. We got there probably an hour earlier than we were told, already to find 100 people or so in line. These Backstreet fans never cease to amaze me; supposedly some girls got there the night before.
Anyway, the line eventually starts moving and I'm getting super excited. I had been to the Good Morning America concert series last August to see them, but this event was indoors so I really had no idea what to expect. We inched closer and closer to the front of the line and we finally made it to the front to be checked in. Quite literally as they were checking my ID I noticed out of the corner of my eye a big security officer come outside and announce, "We're full. No more." Oh my gosh, my heart sank! I had a million thoughts running through my head. But the bottom line- they HAD to let me in. After what seemed like an eternity of waiting, they did eventually let my friend and I in. And probably two girls behind us. Meanwhile there were still so many fans waiting outside. I think what had happened is that a lot of people who worked at ABC seemed to get in before the fanclub winners, which just broke my heart for those people who couldn't get in. Just one more unfair thing in the BSB world.
|We made it!|
Once inside, I got really excited once I saw the set. There were probably 80 fans or so inside; it was really quite a small studio. While we were waiting the guys would pop in and out, just enough to tease us. But we all know Backstreet time...so we waited a little while before they all finally came out and sang Permanent Stain, a capella. Followed by a full version of Permanent Stain and Everybody.
|The boys belting out Permanent Stain|
|AJ singing to the camera|
After Good Morning America it felt like it was 3 in the afternoon but really it was around 9:30 in the morning. The rest of the day wasn't nearly as exciting as the morning. We knew that the Backstreet Boys were still in the city to do press and radio interviews, so there was always a small chance of running into them. But Anne Marie and I decided to grab some lunch and try to see if we could get into a taping of Jimmy Fallon or David Letterman. Unfortunately both of those didn't pan out, but we did see Ben Stiller and Kristen Wiig filming a new movie, which was really neat.
|Ben Stiller filming The Secret Life of Walter Mitty|
So there you have it, my Good Morning America adventure.