Hold up — I said "almost!" I don’t know about you, but I found last night’s Total Finale Live broadcast sort of touching. Admittedly, I haven’t watched a full episode of TRL in many years. But there was a time when that show meant a lot to me, in the way that only a television program you watch every single afternoon throughout your adolescence can do. And now TRL is done forever. So the long-departed Carson Daly came home again to 1515 Broadway last night, and with help from a cavalcade of Y2K-era celebs and sorta-celebs (Jesse Camp!), he re-enacted that treasured ritual one last time, on a Sunday night no less. As a friend IMed me during the broadcast: "It’s like a funeral for our youth."
Anyway, I am not ashamed to admit that I came close to shedding a single rueful tear when I saw the Backstreet Boys (sans Kevin) back on that MTV stage performing "I Want It That Way" again. I did not, in fact, shed that tear; I am made ofstronger stuff than that. However, the same cannot be said of the many, many special guests who spilled the TRL-related contents of their hearts (in between quick plugs for their respective newest products) over three long hours. They gave us way too many poignant moments to list, so I’ll just call out a few choice soundbites, after the jump.
Most Necessary Moment of Raw Honesty: "I am a tool." — Carson Daly, finally. (The context isn’t really important, is it?)
Least Necessary Moment of "Raw" "Honesty": "I just love this show….Thecameraman, everybody behind the scenes who greets me…" — Diddy, getting all verklempt for no reason.
Most Oddly Apt Moment of…Something: "It’s emotional, it’s sad, it’shappy, it’s just a thousand different things." — some dude named "Damien," paraphrased slightly. Did this guy actually host TRL ever? Apparently so. (I told you I haven’t watched in a while!)
Most Burning Question: Was it just me, or was Snoop Dogg misting up a little bit at 11 p.m. afterthey played "…Baby One More Time," the final No. 1 TRL video ever? Or maybe thatwas just a side effect from the cigar(?) he and Kid Rock were passing between them at the time.
Ah, man. What a show. So were any of you watching? What momentsstood out? I’ll just be sitting here, thinking quietly aboutthe end of an era.
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