the busblog goes to the american idol finale

believe it or not but id never been to the nokia before. i hadnt even been to LA Live before

and its a little sad that it was american idol that got me there first.

but i quickly got over it.

believe it or not but it wasnt all that crowded at the “plaza”, probably because most people probably thought it would be swamped there.

but nope, pretty much just the people who had tickets.

because of that, the contestants and stars didnt need any artificial buffers

indeed, just the opposite.

hi heather locklear – who politely signed a few autographs for the fans

hi bo bice

hi big tall dude from tv.

hi reuben studdard

the girls screamed loudest for daughtry

and seriously everyone was generous with the autographs. very sweet.

lots of signs too.

you didnt even need a ticket to get to the red carpet.

or much talent.

they didnt let you have cameras or phones of any kind in the show, so this is the only image i have (taken afterwards) of where adam got robbed, but got to sing with santana queen and kiss.

in summary, it was very surreal and fun to go, but i didnt buy a tshirt.

remember how yesterday i was telling you how weird my life is?

last night i was offered a ticket to the american idol finale which is taking place here in downtown LA.

even though i pretend that im above idol, and that im cooler than the madding crowd who would text IDOL to 5701 (standard rates apply), i am neither above anything or cool.

i texted last night. i watch almost every week.

and now im excited that even though i successfully handed my ticket to someone else that a second ticket ended up on my person and now im being ordered to go to the Staples / Nokia center called LA Live to see special guests sing for me and america for the finale.

im being told that no cameras are allowed. or cell phones. so im not sure i can document for you what i am seeing.

but my pics are hardly any good anyways, as karisa often tells me, so maybe its all for the best.

but if the super dooper surprise musical special guest shows up and they are who i think they are, then it will be worth the effort of leaving work a tad early to witness it in person.

either way you should turn on yr tv cuz what im hearing, its gonna be pretty rad

anyone see eminem on jimmy kimmel last night?

pretty girl knocked on my door last night right as i was putting my avocado mask on. i noticed my iphone had three text messages on it. the last one said “i’m coming ovr 2 c u” which is cute if youre 19 but our girl was decidedly not 19.

no matter who it is, any time i hear a knock at the door late when im not expecting it freaks me out. first thought is “cops?” then its “cops after me?” then its “crooks?” rarely is it “crazy busblog fan?” it’s never a good sound. its never “hi pizza guy, and i couldnt find the right address, so heres a free pie.”

anyways at some point she started crying. maybe it was my mask. i kept looking over her shoulder because em didnt look like em. he looked a lot younger. like way younger. like whatever “drugs” hes been on over the last years, i hate to say it, but it should be bottled because he looks thin and healthy and young and his face is so clear. its truly amazing.

he looks really angry for some reason. as she accepted kleenex i thought, do women come to eminems house unannounced and get away with what this chica was trying to get away with? “lets go have a few drinks at hollywood and highland – its still early.”

midnight is early?

one thing i like about no longer being editor of LAist is people no longer assume that i know every little thing about this fair city. or at least the emails saying “yo im coming into town, and i wondered if you have 5-6 spots that i shouldnt miss while im here?” which is nice but the places i go to are different than what people who have never been here would go to.

likewise at midnight thirty locals rarely have drinks at hollywood and highland on a school night. girl cant you see my hairs up in rollers!

thus the tears. the water works, the sniffling, the but just one drinks!

never have i wanted a girlfriend as a means as an excuse before.

i think i need to move to a gated community. wanna know why? because i thought i was tivoing jimmy, but after Anonymous came by to take the young lady away i noticed that i had indeed not tivoed the show and i missed the interview.

as i rewound the dvr it did allow me to see the mike tyson interview, and bro definately needs the eminem diet.