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By BECCA OWSLEY
Say two words and listen to the hearts of teenage girls twitter — Justin Bieber.
Two local girls got the chance to see him up close and personal during his Nov. 10 concert in Louisville. They loved his music before he picked up four American Music Awards on Sunday night, including Artist of the Year.
Darien Huff, an eighth grade student at T.K. Stone, and Bria Hays, a senior at John Hardin, won front-row seats and backstage passes in a Kane morning show contest on Louisville’s 98.9 KISS FM.
While Huff was at basketball camp, her mother, Leslie McCurry, and Hays entered the contest by decorating the family yard with posters and signs.
“I never thought I’d win a radio contest in my life,” Hays said.
While she doesn’t consider herself a crazed fan who cries over him, Huff enjoys his songs.
Their front-row seats gave a great view of the concert and special effects.
“It was cool but my ears were ringing for four days because we were right in front of the huge speakers,” Huff said.
They didn’t get much time with him when they went backstage but did meet him. Huff got a hug. She still hasn’t washed the shirt she was wearing.
One girl at school keeps hugging her for her “Justin Bieber germs.”
While the girls think their encounter was “cool,” the guys usually say, “Oh my gosh, Justin Bieber, he’s so stupid.”
Hays was on cloud nine because Bieber told her she is beautiful.
Hays’ friends didn’t believe her until she showed them a picture. When they asked about it she told them he called her beautiful and that’s all that mattered.
“I’d love to meet him again,” she said.
While Bieber is not exactly her favorite, McCurry enjoyed the show, too, and getting to see the KFC Yum Center.
“It’s huge,” Huff said.
McCurry is a fan of the rhythm-and-blues singer Usher, who is credited with giving Bieber his big break. McCurry enjoys seeing her daughter like someone Usher put on the pop music map.
While they may only have had 10 seconds with him, Hays and Huff enjoyed their Justin Bieber experience.
If you see a little bump on Bieber’s shoulder in the photo they took with them, that’s Huff’s hand. She reached as far as she could to make sure she was touching him in the photo.
The girls have just a touch of Bieber fever.
Becca Owsley can be reached at (270) 505-1741.