My reign as Miss Nevada

Backstage at I Heart Radio

I’d say some weekends in Vegas are more eventful than others.

But when over 80 celebrities, actors, and musicians assemble for the largest festival weekend in radio history (including Elton John and Paul McCartney), it’s bound to be epic.

I heart radio stage best

USA Today asked me to cover the third annual I Heart Radio music festival and interview red carpet celebrities. So I threw on my sash and crown, hoping to catch the attention of a few of the stars.

Shaun White

Darren Criss

Little did I know by the end of the weekend, I’d be sharing a Chewy bar with Charles Michael Davis of The Originals, singing with The Band Perry, and posing with the adorable Katie Cassidy.

The Band Perry copy

Full details on my backstage experience are to come. But in the meantime, check out my time at the I Heart Radio village here.

If you want to see me sing with The Band Perry and share a special moment with The Originals star Charles Michael Davis, click here.

And last but not least, if you want to see Steve Harvey tell you all about his favorite Miss Nevada, don’t forget to visit this link either. :)

Steve Harvey copy

October, here we come!


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    Lynn Schriner

    October 2, 2013

    My dear girl
    You are quite hilarious with your wonderful spirit and you know sharing a bar with (I am guessing a star of some sort, Hey I live in the wild west!) I love you and think you are the bomb!!! Great job, lovely locks, crown sparkled and you wear it well!!!

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      October 4, 2013

      Thank you so much, Lynn! Yes, Charles Michael Davis is one of the stars of the CW’s new series The Originals. You don’t lose any points for not knowing that, I promise. :)

      Thank you for always following the journey, whether it be with a crown, backpack, or strange new-found technology. :) I always appreciate it!

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    October 3, 2013

    Wow, looks like you had a ball!

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      October 4, 2013

      Thanks, Naomi! It was quite a trip, that’s for sure!

      If you had the chance to meet any of your musical icons, who would it be?

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    October 6, 2013

    I enjoyed every video and had four thoughts jump into my head.

    1. This is so your calling. I don’t think I’ve ever seen you so natural.
    2. USA Today needs to keep you on permanently. You add so much character to their site it’s crazy.
    3. You can sing!
    4. What flavor chewy bar was that?

    PS: Brilliant move on donning the tiara and sash to get their attention for interviews.

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      October 9, 2013

      Thank you so much, Gene!

      1. I am so happy to hear you think so. I had a blast. But if I was to become a full time host, would that be me ‘selling out’? Or is it just a different kind of adventure? A lot of ‘who am I’ questions are arising but it’s a good problem to have :).
      2. Please feel free to tweet them @explasvegas or tell them so on their Facebook page, Experience Las Vegas! I would love that.
      3. It’s a recent endeavor, but maybe someday I’ll get to perform a full song on stage!
      4. Chocolate chip. The best flavor ;).

      And thank you! Some of the other hosts thought it was a gimmick, but it worked!

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