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December 18, 2010 and January 27, 2013 are reminders to us all that you don’t give up on something when it is everything you want. Shelly went to the Justin Bieber Miami concerts on those two dates with hopes of being picked for One Less Lonely Girl but it didn’t happen. That was not enough to make her give up because everything changed on August 8, 2013 in Tampa, Florida.
The Tampa show not only was in Shelly’s state but it coincided with her 17th birthday as well; so she knew she had to be at this show. For months she waited in anticipation, hoping that her biggest wish would come true – being Justin’s One Less Lonely Girl. A few weeks before the show, Shelly decided to get the word out and make a video. She had some reservations because of the possible responses she would get but with encouragement, she posted it. Scooter noticed one day and simply tweeted her “Interesting.” She had no idea what it meant but there was still hope that maybe her dream would really be coming true. Several obstacles almost prevented Shelly, her family and her friends, Ariel and Isauri, from making it to the show but they made it. The day of the show, twitter was blowing up with tweets to Scooter, Jenn, Allison, Alfredo, Barack Obama, anyone possible, for the crew to pick Shelly as the OLLG that night. When the girls got to the arena, outside was PACKED. They had a gift that they hoped to give Scooter personally but they gave it to someone else instead, who later gave it to Scooter. (He posted a picture of it on Instagram!) The girls enjoyed Cody Simpson’s and Ariana Grande’s performances but in the back of her mind, Shelly couldn’t help thinking that she could end up leaving the arena without the flower crown or meeting Scooter. By the time the break before Justin’s performance started, #ShellyForOLLG was trending worldwide on twitter. When they left their seats to charge their phones for a bit, Shelly started bawling when she saw the trend. She couldn’t believe all the support she was getting from so many people – people she knew, people she didn’t know, people who didn’t know her; they were all just there supporting her dream. She took a few minutes to tweet a little then they went back to their seats when the countdown started. As soon as Justin hit the stage, they all started jumping and singing along to All Around The World when, not too long into the song, one of them pointed Jenn out to Shelly! Jenn was frantically running up the stairs of the section and Shelly put her hands over her mouth in shock, which is when Jenn noticed her. She stopped and introduced herself to Shelly, saying, “Happy Birthday!!! I’m Jenn! How are you? Are you having a good birthday so far? I have a shirt for you! Justin signed a shirt for you, I’m going to bring it back later on okay?” Shelly thanked her then she left. Her friends started freaking out because they were sure that Jenn was coming back to pick her as OLLG. But Shelly still wasn’t so sure; she figured Jenn just had a signed shirt for her from Justin because she wouldn’t be able to choose her for OLLG. She tweeted what happened and everyone on twitter started freaking out, pretty sure Shelly was GOING to be OLLG.
Beauty and a Beat started playing… Ariel & Isauri immediately turned to Shelly because this was the moment the OLLG was picked. They continued dancing and singing as the song went further and further and they started to worry when suddenly, Isauri started YELLING “JENN, OH MY GOD SHELLY JENN’S COMING I SEE HER SHE’S COMING!!” While her friends freaked out and recorded the moment, Jenn took a step towards Shelly and said, “I LIED TO YOU! I LIED TO YOU, THERE’S NO SIGNED SHIRT BY JUSTIN!” and she reached her hand out for her to take and they began walking down the stairs. Shelly’s mind went blank; she didn’t know what to think and all she could hear were the reactions from girls around them who knew she was the one. As they walked, Shelly kept blurting out, “Thank you SOOOO much! Thank you soooo sooo much!!” Jenn explained to her that she almost couldn’t find her because one of the arena workers told her Section 114 row G Seat 14 didn’t exist! But she HAD to find her and it was when she spotted Shelly’s nails that she recognized her from the picture of her hand that she had posted on twitter earlier! As they took the long journey backstage, Shelly took everything in, totally in awe that this was actually happening to her. Jenn told her that the whole crew had watched her video and that she was planning with Scooter to make her OLLG for days! They stopped by a bathroom so Shelly could get fixed up for her big moment. When Jenn had seen all the tweets and DMs to her about Shelly, there was no way they weren’t going to give it to her, especially seeing all the support and help from people who wanted it for her so badly. Shelly heard One Less Lonely Girl starting and her heart started racing. Was this real? In a minute she would be on stage with Justin Bieber, something she has wanted for three years. It was about to happen. As her cue got closer, Shelly’s eyes started watering and she was shaking. The music got louder and louder then she saw Justin right above her. Before she went on stage, Shelly and Jenn snapped a few pictures, which Jenn uploaded to her twitter. When it was time, Jenn reminded her to make eye contact and the curtain opened. Justin’s dancer, Luke was waiting for her with a huge smile on his face and he guided her to Justin. Justin reached his hand out to Shelly and led her to the throne. Her mind went blank! Shelly immediately went in for a hug, Justin stood in front of her smiling and touched her chin and she just kept looking at his eyes. Shelly stared at him adoringly, trying to process the fact that he was really there; he was real. When the song ended, he asked for her name and she said “Shelly.” Justin repeated “Shelby?” then Shelly corrected him. When he finally got it right, he reached for her hand and said to the crowd, “Everybody give it up for Shelly!” then they ran off. Once they were backstage, he ran in the opposite direction to get ready for the next set and Shelly stood there for a few seconds taking in everything – the back of his head, his neck, hairline, everything. Jenn was waiting for her and asked her how it was. Shelly was tearing up so much and tried to keep her composure. As she reached to take off her crown, she looked up and Scooter was walking towards her. She hugged him and thanked him profusely for EVERYTHING. He asked her how it was and Jenn reminded him that it was Shelly’s birthday so he said, “IT’S YOUR BIRTHDAY! HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Has it been an amazing birthday so far?” Then they started talking about her twitter (@BlackOLLG) and the gift she got for him. Then he invited her to take some pictures, which made Shelly relieved because she didn’t want to leave without a picture. In the pictures, Scooter wore Shelly’s flower crown! Jenn and Scooter posted them online for Shelly since her phone memory was full.
Jenn took her hand and they started walking back to her seat. Girls wanted to touch her hand and take pictures and some were even screaming her name. As they walked, she saw Kenny who gave her a hug and congratulated her. Back at her seat, she got into a group hug with her friends and they were all just bawling their eyes out. Her mom had been crying; all her family and friends there were crying! People started surrounding her and congratulating her, asking for pictures, telling her that they tweeted for her and were really happy for her. She caught Justin’s last performances and got emotional thinking about everything. Everyone was nice, except for a few girls who said rude things to and about her. Jenn tweeted her about it and made her feel better. At the end of everything when she finally checked her phone, her mentions were going crazy with people congratulating her. Things got even crazier when Justin himself tweeted her! The night couldn’t have gotten any better.
Shelly is extremely grateful for everything that happened for her. When she, along with a few other girls, created the @BlackOLLG account, the initial intention was not for her to be OLLG. She’s come along way from having people tell her that she’d never be OLLG or she would never be OLLG. People hated on her for wanting to be OLLG because she was a “big account.” The thing is, she never started out as a big account and just like she worked her way towards her dream, anyone else can do it as well. This experience has taught Shelly that if you set your mind to something and BELIEVE, you can truly achieve it. This by far was her best birthday ever.
Last year I spent my birthday trying to get a Happy Birthday tweet from Justin, this year I spent it at his concert, on stage, getting serenaded. Thank you for helping me prove all the people who would always send negativity, wrong. I started my year in January with the #Believe Tour and ended the 2nd to last show of the #Believe Tour in the best way….with the best memories…
Congratulations Shelly, Tampa’s One Less Lonely Girl!
Video of Shelly as the OLLG on her birthday!