Went to a concert in Milwaukee recently to see an alumnus of a certain piece of reality television... and THIS is some of the proof I have of that trip...
Ain't it pretty?
And a little closer...
He sang his ass off (and yes, Virginia, "A Song For You" was his curtain call!), and I was shocked to find out (on the street in front of the Pabst Theater before the concert, and later on getting the above autograph) how tiny "E" is - maybe 5'7", so just a stray curly hair shorter than me - but so much easier on the eyes than he ever was on my TV screen during Idol. If only I'd taken my camera in to the actual show... (crossposted from phreddd)
We ate at a restaurant right across the street from where the tour bus was parked alongside the Pabst, and thought we'd seen him getting out - we're still not sure, since a few folks left the bus during that 35-40 minute period. Then, as we passed the bus walking toward the front door, and there "E" was chatting it up, with a custom Milwaukee Brewers jersey (He had just come from singing the national anthem at the Brewers game that evening - it turned out that his opening act for most of this tour, Josh Hoch, was a high-school classmate of Brewers pitcher Derrick Turnbow, who hooked them both up with personalized Brewers jerseys.). I could've waved, but I was shy and a bit flustered myself after a 2-1/2 hour drive and hotel check-in and the like, and could only mutter "Knock 'em out the box, E!" a la Slick Rick. That made getting to shake his hand afterward (and have a real, albeit very brief, conversation) that much sweeter.