We usually keep PLJ on in the studio all day, music keeps you happy at work and so, when you've got the phone right in front of you and they announced this contest, why not? We all know what that busy signal sounds like, bzzz bzzz bzzz you are way too late, but for once the phone was ringing! The person was shouting that I won, and I was in shock.
I gave them the information, and was told to show up at the NBC entrance very early, as the today show starts its schedule at something like 5:00 AM. We had to go to a 'secret' entrance to bypass the thousands of people who had lined up to be part of the audience two days ago. I hope these kids had sympathetic teachers, considering it was a school day, but cutting school for a free concert is not the worst thing in the world, I did it when I was 16 myself!
You can see where the 'audience' was mostly to the side and behind Justin, but I was up close and personal! These are actually my photos, no Getty Images here!