The scene: the 2012 Kids’ Choice Awards, Orange Carpet, giant blimp circling overhead downtown Los Angeles, sparkly young celebrities, screaming fans. Many of the luckiest fans scored seats in special bleacher section with a bird’s eye view of their favorite celebrities walk the Orange Carpet. It’s a constant chorus of high-pitched screaming, giggling, hooting, even crying.
We waded into the crowd to get a little kid-on-the-street commentary on the KCA buzz.
When asked who she’s most looking forward to seeing tonight, Lacey, a 12-year-old from Corona, CA, said: “One Direction!” Why? “Their accent. I’ve loved them from the start.” Lacey isn’t alone: this five-member British-Irish boy band looks like the Beatlemania for a new generation—even if their young fans may not know who the Beatles are.
Ryan, an eight-year-old from Bel Air, CA, is equally obsessed with his favorite boy band. When asked why he’s here tonight, he exclaimed, “I wanted to see Big Time Rush for the first time!” Why? “They’re the best!” Who should get most favorite show? “Big Time Rush!” And who should get slimed really bad? “Big Time Rush!” I mean, duh.
Some fans preferred the evening’s solo act to its boy bands. Rhonna, 11, has her eyes set on Justin Bieber. For starters, she’s “beyond thrilled” to be up past her bedtime for the chance to see her favorite celebs. Who did she vote for tonight? Usher and Bieber. And who does she want to see get slimed? “Justin Bieber!”
In the most elaborate — and some would say most brutal — sliming in the history of the KCAs, Rhonna got her wish when the 18-year-old pop star and host Will Smith were covered head-to-toe in the famous green goo. Needless to say, the crowd went wild.