The Time I Lied to Ryan Seacrest About My Age

As if all the wonderful things that happened last week weren’t enough, I was invited by Coca Cola to the American Idol Finalist Party last Thursday night. D and I are huge fans of American Idol; in fact, it is the only show that he will watch with me, so it was kind of a big deal for us. If you watch American Idol, you know that Coca Cola is a huge sponsor of the show, and we got to learn all about the Coca Cola Family Night Music Cover Artwork contest which has a grand prize of 4 tickets to the American Idol finale. As Randy would say, “DUUUUDE.” More on that in a sec.

The party was amazing. D and I totally stalked the press line, trying to get a closer look at Randy and Steven. (We never saw J Lo, though.)

Steven! Randy! Phillip Phillips on the TV! (The show was still airing on television while the party was actually happening.)

While checking everything out, we suddenly heard that Ryan Seacrest was nearby, and next thing I knew, there he was. Now, I’m the type of person that likes to hang back and watch things like that all go down, but NO. D was ALL ABOUT me meeting Ryan Seacrest. He kept nudging me over there telling me to just say hello, and of course, I was like, “what am I supposed to say to Ryan Seacrest?”

Well, here’s what went down.

1. Introducing myself to Ryan Seacrest.

2. Telling him WHAT a fan I am of American Idol. (The hand on the heart just drives the point home, doesn’t it?) I proceed to tell him that I’ve watched the show since Season 1. He says to me, “You grew up watching the show then.” At this point, I should have realized this is a textbook reply, nodded my head and called it a night, but I am so confused. Does he think I’m twenty? I should be happy with this development. Instead I say, “Well, I wouldn’t call it growing up necessarily; I mean, I’m forty.” (For the record, I’m 37.) He replies with, “Oh! Well, I’m right behind you then. I’ve got a few more years to go before the big 4-0.”

3. I then proceed to tell him that, actually, I have a few years to go too! I am, in fact, not forty, but you know, close to forty. Like him! We are the same! So similar, the two of us! I wonder if he thinks I’m crazy. Make up your mind, woman! How old are you? Things are confusing. He puts his hand on my shoulder, probably concerned for my well being.

4. He says, “well, you should own it!” I break out into hysterical laughter and run away like a thief in the night.

Moral of the story. I don’t think I’m good at chit-chatting with celebrities.

Casey Rodgers / AP Images for Coca-Cola

Casey Rodgers / AP Images for Coca-Cola

We also got to meet the finalists, and I am telling you right now, that Jeremy Rosado is the sweetest young man ever. He shook my hand like three times, thanking me for being there over and over. Vote for Jeremy!

All in all, it was such a fun night. Thanks to Coca Cola for inviting us to the party. We had a blast!

Remember, if you are an Idol fan, be sure to enter the Coca-Cola Family Night Music Cover Artwork contest before March 13th! If you create the winning music cover, you will win 4 tickets to the Idol finale! (If you win, feel free to take me with you.)

  1. martymankins

    March 7, 2012 at 8:44 am

    I’m not much of a Ryan Seacrest fan, but that is cool you got to meet him and chat up the near 40’s with him.

    Now if you would have met Steven Tyler… that’s something I would have been highly jealous over.

    • whoorl

      March 7, 2012 at 8:46 am

      Oh, I wish I had the chance to meet Steven too! He is my favorite.

  2. Michelle

    March 7, 2012 at 9:11 am

    I am cracking up over here. This is totally something I would do too. Looks like a great night!

  3. Jill V. / TerraSavvy

    March 7, 2012 at 9:19 am

    I JUST spit my coffee all over my desk! You CRACK me up woman!!

    Besides the fact that your writing is naturally funny, what went down for you with Ryan is exactly how I would have acted also! And then I would have smacked my forehead and said, “DUH!!”


  4. Rita

    March 7, 2012 at 9:32 am

    Bahahaha! That is EXACTLY how I act around anyone even remotely famous. Thanks for the laugh, Sarah!

  5. Sarah

    March 7, 2012 at 10:31 am

    I love that you are so un-Hollywood that you added several years to your actual age. Ha. Glad you two had a good time! Hubby and I used to be faithful watchers and even went to a few of the concerts. A bit ridiculous when you are well past the target demo but we had fun.

  6. sizzle

    March 7, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    I’m not the type to talk to celebrities either. I feel flustered. I don’t like feeling flustered!

    I haven’t been watching AI this season (the first time for me since it started) but have been watching The Voice (which has its own issues). How cool to get to go to that though- fun!

  7. Amti'b

    March 7, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    This might be my favorite post evvver!!! Very funny.

  8. laura @ hollywood housewife

    March 7, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    SO fun.

  9. Kristen Howerton

    March 7, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    I am bitter because I found my invite to this shindig the day after it happened.

    I am just impressed you talked to him. I become a total deer-in-headlights around celebrities. I stood right next to Joel McHale while waiting for our luggage at LAX. He was alone and seemingly bored and standing RIGHT NEXT TO ME, for about ten minutes, and I said nothing even though he is in my Top Five. I mean, we totally could have hooked up! Heh.

  10. Rachel

    March 7, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    This is completely off-topic but I just saw your Pantene commercial during America’s Next Top Model :) So stoked for you!

  11. Tricia

    March 8, 2012 at 8:39 am

    Thanks for sharing this kind of article..

  12. Kerri Anne

    March 8, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    I think I would have had to ferociously fight the urge to say “Kerri, out!” in his Seacrest-of-yore style upon leaving the conversation. #easilyamused

    Also: I think my favorite part of this entire post is how D is totally smizing in that last photo. Tyra would be so proud.

  13. Angella

    March 8, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    Aaaaand, my kids’ heads just exploded. They are so geeked out that Auntie Sarah is all famous and stuff.

    Love you guys!

  14. Zinedine

    March 9, 2012 at 1:48 am

    Next time, get drunk and then start to talk – it may end up better LOL (results may vary)

  15. Y

    March 9, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    such a fun night, especially because I got to see YOU. I’m laughing at the picture of me smiling in the background while you’re talking to Ryan. Ha!