This is the dream of every little girl – and many big dreams, and last night the dream came true for 11-year-old Gracie Mueller when she had to meet Taylor Swift backstage at a single megastar concert in Auckland.
The surprise meeting was formed with help Seven Sharp co-host Hilary Barry, who was given two tickets back in April, and has arranged about finding a decent date for the November 9 show.
Gracie's father, Steve, heard an outgoing call and nominated his daughter – his mother died of cancer in 2011, the last time a popstar performance was performed in New Zealand, so he was unable to attend, but has long been a super Swift fan. . Barry then surprised Gracie with a ticket to a big show.
Fast forward to yesterday when Barry dropped another, bigger surprise on an already excited and nervous Gracie – they took to the backstage to meet Taylor Swift in person.
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"It's very interesting," Barry said, "because I haven't told Gracie that we will meet Taylor, so we arrived at Mt Smart, arrived there in a lot of time and took our tickets, and then given all our instructions to meet-and -Greet us, so at that moment I told him that we would meet Taylor. "
"It was a very special moment in fact, his jaw dropped and it was like he had heard me wrong, and then he was like," Really? Really? Am I going to touch him? Will I talk to him? I might cry! " 39;
"He was a little worried about crying, actually, because he would be very excited," Barry said.
"So we went and met with record companies of Taylor's people and people and waited outside the meet-and-greet area, and then we were taken to this small reception room where there were drinks and snacks and decorations.
"Then we were called to the curtained area for some time with Taylor, only the three of us alone.
"So we went in there, and dear Gracie, after saying that he was worried about crying and about what he would say to him, he became so angry that he really lost his words."
Barrys said Swift "was very fun, as you expected, super warm, really beautiful, and he just did this way with girls, you know, he locked Gracie straight away, asking a few questions and they had hugs and things thing, so it's very sweet. "
Is Barry a bit stellar too?
"Yes! I really admire Taylor Swift. Of all the role models a little girl has, I think she is quite spectacular, I think she is amazing," Barry said.
"And I don't know how much the songs like Gracie did, but I managed to make my dance continue."
But Gracie's brush with fame didn't stop there – when the couple arrived at their seat, they found they were sitting in the same area as Swift's mother, Andrea.
"So it's really cool," Barry said, "and we chat with him and Gracie taking pictures with him too – it's a fantastic night."