BEST. DAY. OF. MY. MOTHERFUCKING. LIFE!! All thanks to @swan20, my gurl, for inviting me!! <333 (I SO owe you!) Anyway, here's what went down:
I won't bore you with the details about my worrying about what I was going to wear. Just know that thrift shops rule, and a $3 top was bright enough to help land me my chance with Adam!
At the CBS Television Studios, we were shepherded into the holding area, given the standard "You're on TV, so we own your ass" release waiver, and some index cards to write questions on and brief descriptions of ourselves on for the PA's and other assistants to collect later. In the middle of the preparations, one assistant walked in and asked the gathering "Who in here likes to sing?" My hand shot up SO FREAKIN' FAST!! I had LITERALLY been doing my vocal exercises on the way down to Studio City!! I KNEW I was ready for whatever. Surprisingly, not a lot of other hands went up.
The assistant called us outside, and started sorting through the volunteers for bright colors (MY LUCKY RED SHIRT! AND @JAZZYTAG'S LUCKY PURPLE SHIRT!!) and "High Energy" people, and weeding out those with logos or inappropriate-for-the-camera outfits. (Specific studio instructions: No white, no stripes, no logos [no free advertising], no sequins!) That left only a few people.
That's when they told us the news: "You're going to meet Adam Lambert in person, and sing for him."
**DED ON THE SPOT**
Jazzy and I SCREAMED and went nuts!! (methinks we passed the "High Energy" test.) I was all O.O x a million!! Lightning would have had to strike me three times in order to match how much I was ELECTRIFIED in that moment!! They wanted high energy?! THEY GOT THE FUCKING HYPER-POWERED ENERGIZER BUNNY!! XD
The rest of the waiting period was a blur. One of the PA's had us "practice" meeting Adam and how we would react. I didn't have to pretend much; since they told me what was up, I envisioned all 6'1" of his awesomeness and promptly dissolved into a puddle of "uapotiya odih zdsfkj adiury aiu dhfklajdha" in front of the assistant, which apparently pleased them. They even asked us if any of us were criers. I was like "Not so much, but you'll get a LOT of screaming from me!"
One girl was briefly brought out to join us because she was from New York, but when she found out what she was going to be required to do, she was all "EEP!!" and ran back into the holding area. (Stage fright is nothing to play with.) (In other news, YOU'RE GOING TO MEET ADAM FUCKING LAMBERT!! WHERE ARE YOU RUNNING OFF TO?! But no shame, and all love to that girl! <333)
Fast forward to the studio, where they herded us audience members to the filming stage. We were next to the filming stage for "Outsourced", and I had a chance to talk with some of the background extras there. One of them was a sound person for American Idol, and I heard some minor scuttlebutt about AI Season One (nothing that we haven't heard before, tho). In the meantime, they handed out some "handmade" Adam signs to our group. I had to roll my eyes at some of them: "Adam, I want to be your Eve" "Glam Squad" "Adam is the best" "Adam - my Idol". I was all "PLEASE, next time hire some REAL Glamberts to make your signs for you; we could come up with some BETTER slogans, I assure you! XD" They filmed some audience reaction shots with the signs and stuff, then they all went inside while the assistants kept the "Contestants" (which we were now called) separate.
It was so exciting!! Jazzy and I kept jumping and screaming, "shaking & crying" all the while, and the third lady was excited but nervous and kind of shy. I felt for her, because we were so cray cray in comparison, but I couldn't help myself. They also explained to us at that point that we would be playing a singing "Karaoke-like" game with Adam, and that there would be prizes involved. We were warned again about giving "High Energy" on stage: "If you're low energy, we'll pull you." I was all "You'll pull me off that stage kicking & screaming, then!" The game was going to be similar to "Don't Forget The Lyrics" in that we had to fill in the lyrics to Adam's songs. I assumed that that meant they would show either his current videos or clips from his upcoming concert DVD (which had yet to be announced until today).
After that, they finally let US in and kept shuffling us around to find a good "spot" for us during filming. We finally ended up in the balcony after a bit. At one point, we were told that make-up wanted to see us, so we were brought backstage. (NO, we didn't see Adam at that point, darnit!) Then, we were told that make-up said we were "perfect", so they had to find seats for us again, because they had shifted some people around for filming purposes. We ended up back in the balcony again, just in time for the show to start!
They told us there would be an A, B, and C segment, and that when the show got to "our" segment, we would be fitted with mics and escorted down to the stage next to Adam. (SHAKING & CRYING HAPPENED AGAIN!!) FINALLY, the show started!
A Segment: the actual "Talk". Sharon Osborne is GORGEOUS in person!! I wish I could've said "Hi" to her and Holly Robinson. <333 The rest of the ladies I didn't recognize offhand, but I liked their beginning banter about "Real Men" and how they linked that discussion to Adam! :DDD
B Segment: ADAM!! The crew worked at lightning speed to move the couches into position & put blank-out curtains in the entrance door. The sound person came up to us then & started fitting us three Contestants with hip receivers & lapel mics. He had to thread mine under my shirt, and he was very courteous about it all. I was all "As long as you get me to Adam, it's all good! ;D"
ADAM. FUCKING. LAMBERT. Was beyond gorgeous, presh, and just UNF!! (From my tweets, I apparently missed Sharon pinching Adam's highney on the way out to the couches! XD) I laughed when he did the "Fireman's Carry" on the little lady! XD And he had wonderful answers for them all.
C Segment: HERE WE GO!!! The PA's and other assistants instructed the entire sound stage that they were going to do mass moving of people REAL FAST during the next break. That's when an assistant came to get us. Jazzy and I started shaking like leaves at that point. THIS IS IT!! THIS IS WHERE WE DIE AND GO TO PLANET FIERCE!! NICE KNOWING EVERYONE!!
I only had eyes for Adam as we were escorted in front of the crowd to our "marks" next to the game show screen. Adam was so friendly, and his smile just made me melt, and (oddly enough) made me calm down a little bit. He was having a blast up there, and so was I, just being near him.
Then, coming back from commercial, the game was ON!! Jazzy was chosen to go first, and she got IIHY as her song. I was all "Dangit!" in good fun, and she worked it out. (SO PROUD OF @JAZZYTAG, MY PERVY GIRL PARTNER!! <333)
Then, it was MY turn. OH. SHIT.
Just to let you know, I'M STILL NOT IN MY BODY!! ADAM HAS MY SOUL!! It happened when I looked into his eyes. Seriously, people, I was DONE FOR!!
He asked me about the picture on the screen as his next album cover, and all I saw was that damned fly on his mouth!! I was all "NOOOOOOO!!! DON'T COVER UP THE PRETTEH!!" in my head. Out loud, I do remember saying something about "Nope, naw naw naw; we can't cover up the lip freckles." And I was looking at the screen going "GO AWAY UGLY PICTURE COVERING UP ADAM'S BEAUTIFUL FACE, YOU HOR!!" so I didn't get to see Adam's laugh take at my precociousness! XD
Then they started playing FYE! INSTANT THOUGHT: "I'D BETTER REPRESENT THIS SONG, OR SOMEONE BETTER SHOOT ME!!" I thought about how much energy Adam gave us in performances, and I loved that song for so many reasons, so it was natural for me to bop along to the video. When it got to the stopping point, I gave as much as I could give to Adam in my singing.
My reward?! The biggest smile I've ever seen from him, and his arms around me.
I. STILL. FEEL. HIS. ARMS. Y'ALL!! OH MY GODDESS!!
He's SO tall!! And his hands in the middle of my back felt SOOOOOO GOOD!! He didn't have cologne on today, so he didn't have a specific "scent." He smelled "fluffy". I think I was smelling his face powder, and it had a light airy scent to it, but nothing specific to make it an "Adam" scent. I was more FEELING him than smelling him. and HE FELT LIKE HEAVEN, OMGGGG!!!
Then the third lady went, and I felt her freeze. We all tried to help her, and it turned into the most presh Adam "moment" I had the pleasure to witness up close. He "rescued" her like a knight in shining armor, and gave her one of those soul-melting hugs of his.
And then it was over! (NOOOOOO!!) We were all escorted back to our seats, and I gave Adam one last "I LOVE YOU SO MUCH!!" shoutout and wave, and blew a million kisses at him. His smile (and his hugs) was the best souvenir of my life!!
I'm STILL on a high from today!! Nothing could get me down. I still have some challenges to face, but now I just close my eyes and FEEL Adam's arms around me, above me, surrounding me, with that "fluffy" scent. And all is right with my world again!! <333333333