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SEEING STARS: Amy and Brittany's excellent adventure

Professional dancers Derek Hough and Mark Ballas of "Dancing with the Stars" pose with Amy Morgan, of Tega Cay, and her sister-in-law Brittany Morgan. The pair took a last-minute trip to California to see a live taping of "Dancing with the Stars" and met Hough and Ballas after the show.
Professional dancers Derek Hough and Mark Ballas of "Dancing with the Stars" pose with Amy Morgan, of Tega Cay, and her sister-in-law Brittany Morgan. The pair took a last-minute trip to California to see a live taping of "Dancing with the Stars" and met Hough and Ballas after the show.

Nearly three years ago, Amy Morgan of Tega Cay signed up online to get tickets to see "Dancing with the Stars," her favorite TV show, live in Hollywood.

Then, two weeks ago, on March 30, she got the e-mail telling her that, finally, she had a seat to see celebrity dancers and their professional dance partners compete to become the next "Dancing with the Stars" champion.

The only problem? Her tickets were for March 31 - only one day and a four-hour plane trip, away.

"No problem. We'll make it happen," said Morgan's husband, Trey.

Less than 24 hours later Morgan and her sister-in-law, Brittany Morgan of Rock Hill, were on their way to California. They arrived in L.A. around 11 a.m. and after checking into their hotel went straight to the ABC studio to get in line for their tickets.

Numbers 37 and 38 in line, Amy and Brittany estimate they were two of almost 300 people waiting to enter the studio to see the evening's "results" show, where two of the dancing teams would be booted from the show for receiving the fewest votes from viewers.

As the pair were led into the studio, they saw that their efforts to rush across the country were completely worthwhile. Amy and Brittany were seated directly in front of the stage, just a few feet from where judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli sit. Because of their close seats, they had a chance to speak with professional dancer Derek Hough before the show went live. He invited Amy and Brittany, and others seated around them, to see his band perform later that evening at Hollywood hotspot The Grove, a chance they jumped at.

Hough's band also includes professional dancer Mark Ballas, another cast member on the show.

"It was absolutely incredible. I had that whole star-struck thing. I couldn't believe I was there," Amy Morgan said.

During the show, the Morgans saw the elimination of Playboy Playmate Holly Madison and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, just a few feet from their seats beside the stage.

The excitement didn't end after the show.

Amy and Brittany took Hough up on his invitation to see his band perform and got pictures with him and Ballas. After the band's performance, the sisters-in-law also ran into American Idol's Danny Gokey, Kris Allen and Matt Giraud, who posed for pictures with the pair and thanked them for being fans.

With only one more day left to their whirlwind trip, Amy and Brittany made the most of it by trying to get tickets to more TV shows. They scored tickets to see "The Price is Right" with host Drew Carey, though they didn't get a chance to compete.

"It was fun, even though we didn't get to 'Come on down!' Morgan said.

The last-minute trip was more exciting than she could have imagined, Amy Morgan said, and despite being difficult to plan for, she said that she would do it again if given the opportunity to see another favorite show, "American Idol."

"It was so out of my box. I'm such a planner," she said. "I don't know that I could ever have it work out like that again. It worked out so perfectly."

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