It’s all about access – so say the nearly 5,000 crazed fans, whose entries flooded MuchMusic headquarters in a bid to meet international pop superstar Avril Lavigne – and be featured in a special edition of the MuchMusic original series, Gonna Meet A Rock Star (GMARS). Back by popular demand, GMARS unites top artists with diehard Canadian fans who deliver the most compelling, creative reason they should be chosen.
15-year-old Sophia Iliopulos of Prince George, B.C., took the prize with a fearless video entry that featured her singing an original song, (to the tune of Avril Lavigne’s hit, “Complicated”) and hitting the streets and malls of her community, rallying support for her cause from shoppers, motorists, merchants and more – clad in a huge “I LOVE AVRIL” collage sandwichboard.
MuchMusic cameras recently documented Iliopulos’ private meeting with Lavigne and her band in Toronto – to be broadcast on Saturday, April 19th @ 5 and 8pm ET – where they hit the town to have lunch, run the video arcade, shoot pool and race go-carts. Later, Iliopulos guested at Lavigne’s soundcheck, rehearsal and show at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.