Truly Julie covering the American Idol Season 12 Finale for NYC and LA!It’s happening!!!! IT-SUH-HAPPENING!!! (Cue “Bridesmaids” humor) After months of campaigning on Good Day LA for an interview with Psy…I finally got the chance at the American Idol Season 12 finale (clip here!). The Korean superstar seemed a bit tired (after all he’s been going non-stop since his YouTube Gangnam Style meteoric rise)…but a “Gentleman” nonetheless. And I had the pleasure of meeting two very grounded, humble, power house vocals…Kree Harrison and new Idol winner Candice Glover. Honestly…they are such great role models. In this day of Teen Mom and other reality stars…it’s an honor to meet two rising stars who have overcome so many challenges. Kree is such a ray of sunshine…that you’d never think she lost both of her parents when she was just a teenager. And Candice…love her perseverance of trying out 3 times before winning! Say what you want to about American Idol…but truth be told, it’s the only talent show that pumps out album selling stars. I hope to hear these ladies on the radio soon! I had the pleasure (and serious sleep deprivation) of covering for both NYC and LA this year. Can I just say…THANK YOU for all the amazing feedback via Twitter/Facebook/Instagram?! I’m still blown away. To my loyal NYC peeps…my deepest gratitude! And to my relatively new LA peeps…so grateful for the warm welcome. Now many of you reached out to me regarding fashion deets, so here it goes, from left to right: David Meister dress, Zara Shoes, H&M earrings, Burberry Prorsum sequins cardigan, Abercrombie jeans (they’re 15 years old!), Vintage belt, Pour La Victoire shoes, Rag & Bone pink blazer, H&M cami, Asos leather skirt, Badichi custom belt (I made it in the store!), Christian Louboutin boots, Chanel earrings.
I’m writing this post just an hour out from when the winds of Irene are supposed to kick up. With the mayor urging people to stay indoors Sat 9PM to Sun 9PM, I thought it’d be ok to walk around 6PM-ish to grab pictures of an eerily empty Soho (& more honesty to grab a solid meal before resorting to snacks).
Mayor Bloomberg said to hope for the best and prepare for the worst, and it seems many stores heeded his message. After all, we are experiencing many firsts with Irene. In an unprecedented fashion, the mayor issued a mandatory evacuation of all those living in Zone A (low-lying areas such as Lower Manhattan). And for the first time in its 100-year history, the city shut down the subway and bus services as of noon today.
H&M is one of the many stores with stacks of sandbags outlining its doors. Other businesses boarded up their windows. But in true New York-ness, you find people from all walks of life dealing with situations quite differently. In the thick of hurricane watch, there was a dance party at Felix restaurant. It’s always been known for that European pop-your-collar scene, but at a time when families are checking into shelters…a bit obnoxious.
Now, I’m not saying Irene should have you sulking at home, but an all out dance party? I worry about how all these drunk people will stumble home (catch the video here). I have a guilty confession of my own, though. While most are probably boiling ramen noodles at home, I was able to dine on fine sushi. Here’s another city first: no freakin’ line at Tomoe! I owned the place. I have pictures in the gallery to prove this epic, rare event. And Irene, if you happen to be reading this post, please know that while this is the toughest city on earth, we have gone through enough hardships. Please make this a breeze.
With fondest respect for Mother Earth,
Truly Julie with Idol runner-up, Lauren Alaina, and Idol winner, Scotty McCreery Crowning moment: confetti pours as 17 year old, Scotty McCreery, becomes the new American Idol!
Haley Reinhart with that Janis-Joplin-esque voice came in third.True behind-the-scenes moment. Truly Julie inside the makeshift Idol tent typing up her script at 1AM PST. It may be LA but it’s really cold at that early hour. Every May, I know there will be a week where I sleep a total of 8 hours in 4 days. It’s called: American Idol Season Finale! Season 10 of Idol was truly a big surprise. With Simon Cowell gone…and Season 9 being somewhat lackluster, many were skeptical that J.Lo and Steven Tyler could turn the tide. Thanks to one of the most talented batches of contestants, Season 10 hit a high note. Idol remained the top rated primetime show for the 7th consecutive year…not to mention the biggest viewership gain in years. As Judge Randy Jackson told me, “The new Idol remix is off the chain.”
Lauren Alaina and Scotty McCreery opened my eyes to what America is really into: COUNTRY. I really thought only one of them would be in the top two, since my theory was they’d split the “country” votes. In the end…Haley Reinhart got knocked out, despite her power Janis Joplin-esque voice. It’s crazy to think that these two were born in ’93 and ’94. I’m so freakin’ old!! I feel lucky to be able to cover such a huge show….and to witness a grocery store bagger becoming a national sensation, all within 3 months. It’s really a show about the American Dream. And let’s not forget about the star studded grand finale. This year’s highlights: Lady Gaga, Bono & The Edge and Beyonce! I took a very special date to the event: my 11 year old niece, Hana! You can catch my Idol coverage here! (I recommend the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th clips because they include interviews with Lauren and Scotty. I ask them if they’re going to get married!)
Fashion Front: Tibi dress, Lanvin for H&M necklace. All of my dresses for the week of American Idol were rented! Check out RentTheRunway.com. It’s really a great way to get all dolled up without so much investment ($$$, time spent shopping and closet space!). The purple dress you see in the Gallery Pictures below is Temperley London. The print knit dress is by Missoni. Yes, all at RentTheRunway.