This is ...... American Idol

Trip Start Apr 27, 2009
Trip End Apr 27, 2010

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Where I stayed
Radisson Riverside Hotel

Flag of United States  , New York
Saturday, August 15, 2009


Finally made it to Rochester on Saturday afternoon after a much delayed journey from Toronto – it takes ages to cross the border from Canada to the US! I'm not sure how any people manage to enter the States illegally because they're really strict!! After I checked into my hotel (yep, no hostels in Rochester so I had to splash out on a hotel) and got over the amount of space I had all to myself I went down to the Arena to pick up my ticket for the American Idol concert. As I got closer I saw a whole crowd of people and thought it was the queue for picking up tickets so I started wishing I'd brought my book. Fortunately it wasn't – Kris Allen (the winner of the latest series) was signing autographs. As I didn't have any paper with me I didn't get his autograph but I did have my camera so I got a picture with him although the girl took it a few seconds after she told me already had so I've ended up with a slightly strange expression!

After dinner at the hotel I went back to the arena and found my seat in the 2nd row! The concert was fantastic although I didn't know some of the songs. It started with Michael (the 10th placed contestant) and counted down to Kris then finished with the whole top 10 on stage. Highlights were definitely Danny singing 'What Hurts the Most' and the final song ('Don't Stop Believing') although both Adam and Kris were excellent as well.

I didn't actually see much of Rochester – the bus station, the hotel and the arena was pretty much it but it was well worth the visit!!
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