The One with the Ellen DeGeneres Show


Thursday, December 2, 2010

Today was a magical day and one I will not soon forget.
One of the fun things people like to do around here is go to show tapings - The Price Is Right, So You Think You Can Dance, American Idol, Ellen DeGeneres, etc. As soon as we moved here I got a job that prevented me from going to any of these fun activities, and then once I quit said job before Fox was born, I was just too pregnant to go. Poor me. Fast forward (or rewind?) to a few weeks ago when I heard that I could apply to get tickets to Ellen's 12 Days of Giveaways, I thought, what the heck, I'll give it a whirl. That was at the beginning of November. When I didn't get a phone call a few days later I forgot about it and moved on. Then this past Saturday my phone rang and it was a random 818 number but instead of ignoring it like I usually do with unknown numbers I answered it and I'm glad I did! It was someone from the Ellen show letting me know I got two guaranteed tickets to the first of the 12 days of giveaways. Holy crow how exciting! I only had Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday to really let it sink in and believe you me I watched about a million different clips of her giveaways on YouTube that got me pretty stoked.
Today was the big day!
At 11:30am I picked up my friend Veronica and we drove to the Warner Brothers studio in Burbank, CA.
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We didn't need to be there until 1pm, but Veronica, who has been to one previous taping of Ellen, knew the routine and said we'd get better seats and possibilities of being in games and contests if we went early. I'm glad we did. Here's what it looked like when we arrived:
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And here's what it looked like at 1pm:
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Maxed out!
At 1pm somebody had us line up (or rather dash furiously and bump and run into each other to be the first ones) to get our numbered tickets. We were sitting pretty close to the entrance line so we were numbers 54 and 55.
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Side note: the person who called me asked me (and everyone) to bring a new and unwrapped toy for children under 13. When I was a little girl I collected Littlest Pet Shops. They don't look the same as they did when I collected them, but it was still super fun to buy another one, 15 years later.
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We dropped them off in these buckets to be donated to needy children.
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Around 3pm we lined up numerically and headed into the studio.
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And then I had to turn off my cell phone so I couldn't take any more pictures. But here's what happened: We went through security and then sat down for a minute then we were taken into the Riff Raff room. We had to do a silly little reenactment of placing the donated toys in bins and then we lined up for awhile. Then we were led into the beautifully decorated studio. They asked how many in our party (2!) and we were directed to the front row. I WAS IN THE FRONT ROW OF THE ELLEN SHOW! I'm pretty sure I'll be hard to miss if you watch the episode which airs tomorrow.... Veronica says they put younger cuter girls in the front rows, hehe. So then we had to practice dancing and clapping and screaming and yelling. I'm not gonna be able to talk tomorrow that's for sure! Then Ellen herself came out and the show began. She had a giveaway almost right off the bat: everyone in the audience got an Xbox Kinect! Wowzers.Then there was some YouTube star first (for the life of me I can't remember his name), but he's studying Greek something or another at Yale and he and his buddy make mash ups and post them on YouTube and get millions of hits. Fun fun fun. Then Mandy Moore came out. She's so pretty and tall and cute. I need to see Tangled - Mandy is the voice of Rapunzel. They talked about animals a lot which made me giggle. Then we had to pretend that Taylor Swift was there. I guess she performed two songs a few weeks ago and one of them will be aired tomorrow as if she were there today. Too bad, I really wanted to see Taylor. And then Ellen did the rest of her giveaways for the day. Holy moly I feel so lucky. I won't say all we got, just watch the show, and here's a pic:
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Christmas definitely came early this year!
Watch the Ellen DeGeneres Show tomorrow and you might see me!

24 comments

  1. WOW! I can't wait to see the pretty girls in the front row tomorrow! I'm so excited for you! Can't wait to steal your nook, Google TV, and camera. Oh, and the printer, too.

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  2. Holy cow ... that's awesome! I LOVE Ellen ... visiting her show is on my bucket list. :) Congrats!

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  3. Seriously I'm dying!!! Ellen, Mandy Moore AND free stuff!!! Best. Day. Ever. Sooooo jealous!!

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  4. Wow!! How awesome is that!?!? Congrats Paige! I would love to go see Ellen but to go on one of the giveaway days... Sweet!! I will be watching to see if I see you tomorrow!! Woo Hoo! :)

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  5. really...you are sooo lucky!

    I was literally like OMG while reading this.

    AND Savannah totally has that Littlest Pet Shop set, and loves it!

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  6. YAY!!!! YOUR FAMOUS!! THAT IS SOOOO AWESOME!! CONGRATS!!!

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  7. HOLY COW! You are one lucky ducky!
    I went to Ellen 4 times when I first moved here and didn't get a single thing. Totally envious!

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  8. How exciting Paige!! I've been on Martha here in NY, and Rosie, back in the day. Ellen is one of those shows I'd love to see a taping of. Particularly at giveaway time. Can't wait to watch the show and see what you got!!

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  9. Ohhh snap how cool is that?! The pretending Taylor Swift was there is hilarious. Man....look at all that schtuff!! I'm off tomorrow, will have to tune in for sure! Oh wait, you posted this yesterday, so I guess tomorrow is today and I am home sick anyway, so yeah - I'll have to check it.

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  10. wow, so fun! way to go with all that swag. what did fox do while momma was out playing?

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  11. My jaw dropped! that is alot of loot! Good for you girl!!! Tangled is a wonderful movie, just saw it w my girls.
    xo sam

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  12. Awesome!! Love Ellen! Enjoy your goodies, girlie! I'll watch today! :-D

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  13. NO WAY! lucky lucky! looks like you got great stuff!

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  14. Mr. Fox stayed home with Daddy/Chris and he got to see what it's like to be Mommy for a day. Let's just say he was glad when I got home :) Babies are lots of (rewarding!) work!

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  15. This is SOOOO cool! I'm beyond jealous! I'm peanut butter and jealous!! I LOVE Ellen. LOVE her. When I had TV, I would tape her show EVERY day if I was going to miss it. LOL. When I was 14, the ONLY thing I asked for, for Christmas, was her first book. *sigh*

    Now that I don't have TV, I can't watch her. But I DO watch clips on her site. LOL. Wish I could see you! :-)

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  16. Definitely saw you on TV today :) What an awesome experience for you!

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  17. Chase was sitting next to me while reading this and after I showed him all that you got he said "and how do we get onto her show?" hehe only if I were willing to drive all that way JUST to go to the show and win some free stuff would it be worth it. :) Can definitely say I'm a bit jealous!

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  18. That is AWESOME! I am so envious! I think Ellen is so funny. I would love to go to her show!!

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  19. i wish i would've seen this yesterday as i was watching today!

    and so funny, b/c i was like taylor is wearing the same outfit that she was wearing when she was on the show a few weeks ago...

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  20. so i have a question. i watched the show and was wondering what was up with he girl that was suppose to get a new car? she said she had written her letter over a year ago and it just kinda cut off and ellen announced the 12 days of giveaways. did she ever get hooked up or was it all a ploy? just wondering. david and i thought it was weird...

    so i totally saw you on t.v.! love it!

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  21. That is so fun! I have always wondered....do they give you everything right then & then or how does that work? Ellen is one of my favorite shows and I try not to miss it. Lucky you!

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  22. Sadly I missed the live show, but I saw you on YouTube! You are one seriously lucky girl. So far day 1 had the best giveaways. I'm so jealous.

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  23. That is awesome! So crazy! Love it!

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  24. LOVE LITTLEST PETSHOP!!! :-)

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