As Lauren Alaina prepares to kick off the American Idols Live! tour on July 6 in Utah, it’s time for her to start imagining life as an artist beyond the confines of a TV competition. As her second-place finish on season 10 proves, she has quite a fanbase, and the tour will give them the chance to see her in person. The thought of meeting supporters had the 16-year-old recalling her own ultimate fangirl experience, meeting Justin Bieber.
“Well, I was presenting Sugarland at the CMT Awards, and I found out that Justin Bieber was there,” she explained to MTV News at the “American Idol” tour press day. “And I said I that I wanted to meet him, and I guess the people that I was there with made it happen.”
During some down time on the show, she was about to meet Bieber, who took home Collaborative Video of the Year with Rascal Flatts that night, but first she had to battle a fashion mishap.
“I walked up to meet him and he was doing an interview, and then I was just looking at my outfit, and I realized I had a rip in the side of my dress, so I was trying to fix it real fast,” she recalled. “And then someone had told him I had gone over there to meet him, so he came up to me and was like, ’Hey, I’m Justin.’ … It just kind of set me back. We took a picture and then it was over.”
Though it was brief, Lauren wasn’t too disappointed with their encounter. “It was cool just to meet him,” she said. “Everyone wants to meet Justin Bieber and I got to do it, so it was really nice.”
While in Nashville, Alaina was greeting her own fans too. “I haven’t had anything weird happen to me, it’s just people recognize me a lot more,” she said. “And I went to Nashville, and I got out on Broadway with Scotty [McCreery] and we were like swarmed in 10 seconds. We didn’t even know if people were going to realize who we were. [And] I mean immediately, as soon as we got out of the car, they recognized us, so that was really cool.”