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December 11th, 2012
In the days leading up to The Big Jingle airing tomorrow, December 12 at 9E/6P we’ve be giving you exclusive behind the scenes coverage thanks to our Big Jingle Kik Correspondent, Denique LeBlanc! Have you been reading? Catch up with his day two post here. Here’s his day three experience:
The lights were bright. The crowd was roaring. My heart was pumping. The energy was electric! After spending the entire day filming a thirty second commercial, meeting fans and socializing with numerous people, it was finally time to go on stage and introduce The Wanted!
Before the big moment, I had the chance to speak with Lauren Toyota, someone I’ve looked up to for quite some time. She advised me to throw away any “planned” lines and to live in the moment. It was great to hear that, coming from someone who had just spent five hours on stage! I was ready to let go of my nerves and dive into this once in a lifetime opportunity.
As I walked past the backstage curtain and saw the crowd for the first time, I immediately remembered everything I had been through over the past decade. After dreaming of a moment like this for so long, I really didn’t care how “smart” or “calm” I came across as because I wanted to feel the moment for what it was. For so many years, I would always watch these types of shows on TV and ask myself “how could I ever get up there?”. I thought of the numerous people who supported and helped me through all the years and it gave me an amazing adrenaline rush. I knew that everyone back home was very proud and to me, that’s all that mattered.
After I delivered my speech I felt accomplished, as if I got over the first big hurdle of being in the TV business. Seeing Kaan and his amazing team afterwards made me smile, as they supported me throughout the entire experience. “What have I been doing my whole life?” I kept asking myself.
Looking back at the entire day, I realized one thing; after winning this contest and working towards this unforgettable day, I felt revived because I found passion in what I was doing. There was never a moment where I felt like it was a chore. It all felt natural to me, as I’ve envisioned this life for so long. Now that I am finally old enough, I can’t wait for what’s to come.Tweet