NEW YORK — Sure, “TRL” made the likes of Justin Timberlake, Good Charlotte and Beyoncé household names, but it was the fans that made “TRL” the pop-culture phenomenon it was for the better part of a decade. Day in and day out, it was the fans who tuned in to get the scoop from the artists themselves about everything from music to marriages and everything in between. Not only that, but fans got once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to meet their favorite pop stars, thanks to the show’s access.
And fans — as well as “TRL” legends like 50 Cent, Kid Rock, Fall Out Boy, Nelly and original host Carson Daly — flocked to Times Square to say goodbye to the countdown show for “Total Finale Live” on Sunday (November 16).
One group of girls drove all the way from San Diego to be a part of the show’s swan song. And although they didn’t make it up to the studio, they said it was all worth it to be in New York for the big send-off. “It was an unforgettable moment,” one girl told MTV News.
It should have been, considering all the troubles the girls faced to be there. The girls braved thunderstorms, a 42-hour drive and a 10-hour wait just to be in Times Square for the finale. “We came at, like, 6 in the morning, and no one was here, and then we came back at 1 [p.m.]. It was crazy!” the girls said. “We started crying, ’cause we didn’t think we could get in.”
They didn’t get in, but they insisted: “We were just happy to be here in New York City.”
Another group of friends had better luck — although they did run into a little trouble with the law. “It felt great [to be here],” one said. “[Our] friend almost got arrested. He hopped the [subway] turnstile and got a $100 ticket.”
“It was worth it,” another chimed in. “Everyone was screaming. Everyone was bugging out. I got to hug Lloyd Banks. [I was excited we got to see] Beyoncé. We love her to death!”
Two other “TRL” fans admit that the finale was a great way to say goodbye to the countdown show. “I got to see Carson,” one said. “We’ll miss ‘TRL.’ We’re just happy to celebrate with you guys! It was a great way for the show to end!”
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For everything on “Total Finale Live,” including bonus performances, behind-the-scenes action and more, head to TRL.MTV.com. Plus, check out our stage-door interviews with 50 Cent, Taylor Swift, Ludacris and many more superstars at the big show.