For years I've been an INSANE fan of the Today show. I've been that person to wake up before 7:00am just to see the opening credits and find out what is going on in the world. I've dreamed of one day stepping foot inside Studio 1A just to feel the energy, and that dream came true thanks to our favorite pop-star on the rise Eden xo.
We introduced you to Eden xo last fall when she dropped the official video for her undeniably infectious pop-track "Too Cool To Dance." Now, months later, Eden was a guest on my favorite morning news program and I was invited to go behind-the scenes and follow her as she got ready for this big moment in the spotlight.
Arriving at Rockefeller Center, it wasn't hard to find security who escorted me to dressing room 1. Upon entering, I found it to be a pretty small space where she was getting all kinds of glam and outfitted in a custom painted black leather jacket, matching black and white body suit and red shorts. Talk about the epitome of a pop-star. She looked every bit the part, but there was no denying she had a few excited nerves hanging around.
We had a brief chat where I was able to give her a small pep talk. "You know what to do, you've got this on lock. You're going to do great." And guess what...she did.
I was witness to pop's newest rising star flawlessly navigate her way through an interview with Willie Geist, Natalie Morales, Al Roker, and Tamron Hall. She charmed the pants off them and even got them out of their seats to teach them "Too Cool To Dance" choreography before getting behind the mic.
Backed by a full band, Eden killed it, proving she has the "it" factor to make it big in 2015. She's got the look, the style, the bubbly charismatic personality, a brilliant smile, sweet dance moves, and that perfect pop-singing voice that sounds just as good as her studio track.
If she had any nerves prior to her performance, they gave way instantly as she launched into singing "Too Cool To Dance." Eden was having the time of her life in the spotlight, not letting the fact that millions of people were watching her at home rattle her. She danced, she sang, she dazzled.
Post-performance I met Eden back in the green room for hugs, congratulations, and a recap on how she did. While I was already feeling elation from just being at the TODAY show, she had a big surprise for me. "Want to go up to the studio and meet Hoda and Kathy Lee?" Um what.
It was dream stepping into Studio 1A and being face-to-face with two personalities I see every morning. Hoda Kotb and Kathy Lee were shaking my hand, congratulating Eden on a fantastic performance, and I had the opportunity to completely fan out and tell them how much I love TODAY and what a dream come true it was to be there and meet them. Yes...even seasoned journalists can nerd out and be fans sometimes. We snapped a pic, then it was back outside where the van and her band was waiting to whisk Eden away to her next appt of the day.
I wish there had been more time to hang with Eden, but note to Taylor, Miley, Meghan, Katy, Charli, Rita, Selena and the rest of pop's current princesses...be ready to make room for Eden...she's on her way.