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Last call from the Super Bowl XLV red carpet

Posted 2:29pm on Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011

Super Bowl XLV was the single biggest party in DFW history. We were treated to celebrity parties that people in North Texas usually only see on Entertainment Tonight or read about in People. So horrific ice storm or not, the show simply had to go on. And the media like myself, Jonathan Betz, Trish Smith and Kim Fischer had to brave the elements, the lack of taxi cabs and lots of waiting around on the chilly red carpets to cover the Hollywood-esque scene. For an inside look at our experiences during Super Bowl XLV week, I caught up with my fellow party-goers and got their reaction.


Best Party: The Audi Forum Dallas because it had the most A-List celebrities and being invitation-only at the Rachofsky House, it was the most intimate setting of the parties.

Most Disappointing: theEvent featuring Prince was definitely the "bust of the week." So many people spent so much money and it was so highly anticipated.

Favorite event of the week to cover: The Diddy party on Thursday evening at the Main Event Center. We waited four hours for him to arrive. When he finally showed up at 2:11 a.m., he entered through a back door rather than the red carpet, making the rest of the night a game of cat and mouse to cover the story.

Favorite celebrity you met: Hugh Jackman was the most gracious and had the least amount of handlers. I saw him at many of the parties and he always stopped to speak to people.

Worst celebrity to deal with: Well, most of them blew us off on the red carpet, but it seemed as if Usher made it a point to go directly inside and not talk to anyone in the media.

Anything special stand out from this Super Bowl week: It really felt like the first "Social Media Super Bowl," as we were active on Twitter and Facebook to get the information out and really make people feel as if they were at the party with us rather than trapped at home with the cold weather.


Best Party: Sports Illustrated Black Eyed Peas Party because there were so many celebrities around and it seemed like everyone inside was having such a good time.

Favorite celebrity you met: Marissa Miller. Besides the fact that I have such admiration for her and how beautiful she is, to find out how intelligent she was and that she loves sports was really cool.

Favorite celebrity you met (Honorable Mention): Hugh Jackman, for being such a huge star, was very down to earth and easy to talk to.

Funniest celebrity you met: Chris Harrison from The Bachelor was a lot of fun.

Favorite Athlete you interviewed: Dallas Cowboys receiver Sam Hurd. He is always great!

Worst celebrity to deal with: Usher -- are you starting to detect a trend here? -- was the worst. He was late to the Mark Cuban party and after we had all waited and waited for him to arrive, he walked right past us without a word.

Highlight of Super Bowl XLV week: Getting to wear the beautiful Nha Kahn dresses on the red carpet all week.

TRISH "DA DISH" SMITH Host at Tony Dao's iegnation.com

Best Party: Leather & Laces (Saturday) at Hotel ZaZa. Lots of celebrities at this one, including Holly Madison and Bridget Marquardt.

Favorite Celebrity you met: Miss USA Rima Fakih, who I interviewed at The Cowboy Gathering on Thursday night. She was really accommodating and very nice.

Funniest celebrity: Comedian Craig Gass basically put on an impromptu show for the fans and media on the Aces & Angels red carpet

Worst celebrity to deal with: Usher (at his own party at Black Finn on Sunday) basically sprinted inside to the VIP area and did not interact with anyone.

Worst celebrity to deal with (Honorable Mention): Dane Cook hosted a party at Plush (after his concert Saturday night at American Airlines Center). He only hung out in VIP with one of his friends and basically refused to mingle with his fans in the club. He also denied an interview request but did take a picture with me so I guess he is not all bad.

Coolest celebrities to deal with: Shawn and Marlon Wayans also hosted a party at Plush. However they opted to hang out with the people who had paid to see them as they danced and took pictures and everyone had a good time.


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