America’s Got Talent comes to Cleveland.
GETTING THE TICKETS
Patrick (my husband, for those of you that don’t know) and I bought our tickets pretty quickly after they went on sale.
We had seriously considered buying the Meet and Greet package but money was tight and I believe those tickets were around $99.
We decided to wait it out and see where we were with money when it got closer.
As you can see below, Taylor was pretty excited for us too.
Flash forward to that night, Pat and I had donated enough plasma to enjoy the buffet at the Hard Rock Roscksino and dabble in a little gambling.
The buffet line was atrocious and by the time we got seated it was after 7 AND the show started at 8, but we inhaled our food and made it just in time.
It was very exciting for me because I have been a fan of the show since the beginning and absolutely loved Taylor and Emily, so being able to see them perform was a treat.
The seats were not THAT bad but the set up of them was stupid, they had folding chairs zip tied together on what seemed like a basketball court.
No stadium seating, hard to see in front of you and it was pretty cramped, but lucky for me there were a couple of screens off to the side I was able to watch when my neck got old and tired.
The first half of the show seemed to go by pretty quickly but it was very entertaining, especially since the old lady behind me kept going “Oooh, oh…ooh..oh.. how’d he do that?. Oooh, ooh” She then bitched that Emily sucked and the show wasn’t worth $90, they got up at intermission and never came back. Good riddance, I say!
Very outgoing and had the crowed in awe every time he was on stage. During intermission he was walking around the crowd and talking to people, I just stared at him, fighting my nerves to run over there and get a quick picture.
Instead I just stood there until he disappeared out into the lobby, that’s when I finally got the courage and chased after him. I stood in the doorway and scanned the room with my eyes, looking for any signs of Smoothini. Within a few seconds I spotted him talking with some people, so I scooted on over awkwardly.
One guy came up and asked for a picture, he said how him and his mom were huge fans and voted for him a million times.
That was my cue so I jumped in. “Hey” I said with too much energy, “I didn’t vote for you but can I get a picture anyways?” I blurted out. “I love your honesty” he replied and then we posed for a “stalkie” (new word curtsy of Kim B)
I had taken 2 pictures, he was on my left so I had a hard time taking them with my weak, less dominant hand and in the first pic he is looking one way and I am looking the other and then the other picture he is looking at the camera and I am not.
Silly story but necessary to share, I of course posted the one with me looking at the camera. 🙂
We interacted a bit more afterwards, he said something and I made a joke about playing cards appearing out of my ears or something. I’m sure it was hilarious.
I thanked him and said our goodbyes and then I stood in the corner scoping out the scene for any other celebrities that might be lurking around.
(Check out the video below to see Smoothini’s act.)
After a few minutes I made my way back and waited for the show to start back up. Taylor was funny, as always and won my heart from the beginning.
If I were to vote he would have gotten a few, same thing would have went for Emily who always gave me goosebumps, but we never watched the show live and were always days, sometimes weeks behind in watching.
The show ended and we waited for the crowd to thin out before we made our way into the lobby.
When we got inside I could see people taking pictures and I just knew there were celebrities around that corner.
Pat told me that he saw Taylor and Emily taking pictures and signing autographs with everyone.
Well, that was my cue to get nervous and ready, so we squished in with the peoples and waited.
As we waited my mouth started to dry up and panic started to rise in my chest, a nice lady that was standing next to us heard my pray to the mint Gods and she offered me some gum as long as I took her picture with Taylor.
Done. We started chitchatting, she was very nice and she gave me gum so she was my friend.
The line was moving pretty slowly but Taylor informed us he would get to everyone and apologized for the long wait.
I kept peeking over to make sure Emily was still there, her line wasn’t as long and I was afraid she would disappear before I got to her.
The few peoples in front of me had Taylor wish their kid a happy birthday on video and he did it without hesitation, this was my chance to have another blog shout out.
At this point I told Pat the plan and he rolled his eyes at me, I almost plucked them from his head but refrained because he was my camera guy.
Finally, Taylor and I were united. He came at me with open arms, and I embraced him, because I am also hugger.
He was a bit bony so I loosened up my grip a smidge in hopes I didn’t hurt him already.
I noticed he had a cute lil’ eyelash on his face and for most of our conversation that’s all I was thinking about.
Do I tell him, do I brush it away with my stranger fingers and make a wish? Or just stare at it and move on with my life, hoping one day it would go away and Taylor would once again be normal.
I went with option 3.
Below is our whole interaction, check it out and then we’ll talk some more afterwards.
Hi, what did you think? I loved it, I smile when I think about it. I feel it went really good, he was a total sport about it and I only looked half retarded.
That’s the downfall with having gum in my mouth, it looks very sloppy and unprofessional BUT on the upside my mouth was back to its normal moistness and it was also minty fresh.
My lame dancing and awkwardness was very noticeable, that’s just how I roll, but I’m sure Taylor thought it was super adorable.
And I’m pretty sure he liked me, he totally says ” You’re funny, I like you” in the video and videos don’t lie, unless he was lying… he wouldn’t lie?
Look how cute we are below.
He also, signed my ticket stub.
Can you see what he put? No?
“Lauren! My favorite Cleveland Stalker! Love, Taylor Williamson”
I’m just sayin’
Check out some more videos from Taylor below and his performance on America’s Got Talent.
We hugged again and then parted ways but not before I took 65 pictures of my new friend and Taylor like I promised.
Emily was still there but she looked like she was ready to bounce. My tiny woman crush was standing in front of me so I said hi and went in for a hug but she didn’t seem as welcoming as I was hoping.
She looked at me and was like “You want a signature” and of course I did, she saw that Taylor wrote my name so she confirmed that I was Lauren and then signed away, then we got in close for a picture.
It came out really good, and she looks happy to be there so maybe I was just being dramatic. I read on Twitter that she was sicker than a dog over the last few days so maybe that’s why she didn’t want to make out with me.
I told Pat to jump in and get himself a little somethin’ somethin’.
Check out the video below of Emily’s performance on American’s Got Talent!
Well folks, that’s it for this gal and the American’s Got Talent crew.
We had a lot of fun, wasn’t sure what to expect with it being a variety act and in a venue we’ve never been to before but we enjoyed ourselves.
Everyone was super nice and patient, I couldn’t ask for anything else.
I am glad we went and glad we didn’t fork out the $$ to do the official meet and greet, I was able to snag a few and for free so that was tremendous.
Thank you again to Tomas, Taylor, and Emily for being amazing in every way, on and off the stage and of course the staff at the Hard Rock Rocksino.
Special thanks to all my fans, all 3 and of half of you!
Till next time!