Most Awesome Star Encounter
CHASE MEETS TAYLOR SWIFT
After creating a homemade sign professing his love for Taylor Swift, Chase Yurtin stood outside a San Jose, Calif., radio station with his nanny in the hopes the "super pretty" star would take notice. And she did! Swift, who was inside doing a radio interview, invited Yurtin, then 6, to sit in. "It was the coolest thing ever!" says the 8-year-old. And the excitement didn't stop there. "He thinks he is famous," Yurtin's mom, Lori, says of her son seeing his photo online.
MIKAILA MEETS ENRIQUE IGLESIAS
A fan of Enrique Iglesias since the age of 10, Mikaila De Sousa, experienced an out-of-body moment at a meet-and-greet with the pop star. "I went into a trance," says the 21-year-old student from Kingston, Ontario. "I only remember wrapping my arms around him and kissing his cheek!" How did the pop star react? "He smiled,” says De Sousa. “It made me an even bigger fan."
EMILY MEETS JULIANNE & KENNY
When Emily Whitcomb uploaded her rap version of Footloose on YouTube, she never imagined that the director of the reboot, Craig Brewer, would see it – and invite her to an advance screening of the movie. Not only did the 21-year-old from Chatfield, Minn., meet Kenny Wormald and Julianne Hough, the movie's stars volunteered to be backup dancers in a newly recorded performance Whitcomb has since shared on YouTube. "They knew the lyrics to my song," says Whitcomb. "I can’t believe it happened."
KIM MEETS TOM CRUISE
A detour inside the Empire State Building for Kim Callahan and her 20-month-old daughter Ellie turned into a star encounter of a lifetime with Tom Cruise. "We literally bumped right into him," says the 31-year-old mom from Aurora, Colo, of the August run-in. "He was so nice and shook my husband's hand." Best of all, Callahan, who carries a green bag for a scholarship fund she founded to honor her deceased son, was able to get a photo with the A-lister and her bag. She proudly says, "How cool is that? Tom got in one of our 'Where in the World Is Kyle's Bag' shots!"
DALLAS MEETS MIRANDA LAMBERT
When Elise Prince scored two meet-and-greet passes to Miranda Lambert's concert in Loveland, Colo., she knew exactly who to bring along – her neighbor Nicki Morgan's daughter, Dallas. "She is the biggest Miranda Lambert fan and knows all the words to her songs," Prince says of the 5-year-old. Dallas met her idol and got to sing on stage with the country superstar! "I didn't want to come down," Dallas says of the moment.
JENNA MEETS JOSH GROBAN
It's a day Jenna Shevlin will remember forever: On July 27, Josh Groban belted out "happy birthday in front of thousands of people to me!" the 22-year-old says. Thanks to a winning text message the Fredericksburg, Va., resident sent to the singer, the serenade took place during Groban's concert stop at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. "It was an absolutely amazing moment," says Shevlin.
BRIDGET & LAURA MEET JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE
Bridget Bond, 24, and roommate Laura Stillman, 25, were on a mission to meet Justin Timberlake after learning he was filming Friends with Benefits in New York's Grand Central Station. "[We] were prepared to do whatever," says Bond. Like posing as lighting interns on the film. "When we were taking a photo the director said, 'Interns are not allowed to ask for a picture,'" says Bond, adding, "Justin was still nice."