The MMVAs are a serious party, with tens of thousands of fans flooding Queen and John every year. We don’t know how the VJs do it, but they do, always looking great and handling celebrity encounters with grace and a sense of humour. Earlier this week we talked to Lauren Toyota about what she’s wearing to interview Katy Perry, and now VJ Liz Trinnear shares tales of smooching Justin Bieber, and the inside scoop on how to score autographs.
Tune in for the MMVA Red Carpet Special on Sunday, June 17th, at 8 pm on MuchMusic in Canada and Fuse in the US, LIVE from Much headquarters.
SDTC: Which artist/band are you most excited for this year?
LT: Katy Perry! I love Katy Perry (everyone here knows it) and I am most looking forward to seeing what she will wear and her stage set up! She always transforms a plain surface into every girl’s dreamland.
SDTC: Who do you want to interview most, and are you nervous?
LT: Kelly Osbourne (who will be presenting an award). Hello! Fashion Police. I will definitely be intimidated by her and praying I get her outfit approval. I’ve loved her since the days of The Osbournes so it will be so cool to finally meet her (hopefully- fingers crossed)!
SDTC: What is your weirdest or fondest MMVA memory?
LT: Justin Bieber letting me kiss him on the cheek at the 2010 MuchMusic Video Awards, which was my first year. The death threats I received after that one were both hilarious and frightening. Don’t mess with Beliebers! Oh, or interviewing Lady Gaga last year after the award show. She is, to this date, one of my favourite people I have ever met.
SDTC: MMVAS 2012 in three words….
LT: C’mon, do I only get 3… I could talk about it for days but I’d have to say: Entertaining, Ridiculously-Cool, Magical
SDTC: Who do you anticipate will make the craziest red carpet entrance?
LT: Marianas Trench. Have you seen those guys?! In the past the boys have arrived on our live Red Carpet show as ninjas, rolled down the carpet in life-sized hamster balls, marched the carpet with a live marching band, arrived in hot tubs, and more. So I expect something pretty epic this year.
SDTC: What food do you snack on to keep your energy up?
LT: Almonds! I try to snack throughout the day but keeping a bag of almonds in my purse seems to be the best trick. Lauren Toyota also always has the best snacks so I usually snack on hers. I’m also a coffee/green tea addict, so you will see me with one (or both) in my hands daily!
SDTC: What do you do to calm down after the chaos?
LT: SLEEP!!!!! I run on adrenaline for two weeks straight, working long hours and having an absolute blast doing it. After it’s all over, I want to go into hibernation for 24-48 hrs!
SDTC: Which MMVA artist do you listen to when you are getting ready to party on a Saturday night?
LT: Katy Perry! I am guilty of dancing to her music with a fake microphone in hand, in my underwear, on my bed! The secret is out….
SDTC: What will you be wearing to the awards?
A dress by Pam Chorley of Fashion Crimes.
SDTC: Any advice to the fans in the streets?
LT: Have as much fun as you possibly can. The MMVAs are so exciting and personally I think the rehearsals on Friday and Saturday before the show on Sunday gear you up for the big night! Come hang out all weekend because you never know who will come out to sign autographs. Plus you’ll get a sneak peek of their performances which is great insider information. For those who don’t get wristbands, I encourage you to still come down. The streets are open to everyone and the stage is elevated for perfect viewing no matter your size. And don’t forget to bring your party shoes; you’re going to want to dance along in the streets with everyone!
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