Pink hands microphone to 12-year-old fan and her voice left the entire arena in awe
Most of us can attest to falling in love with a musician at some point in our lives. Usually, our first musical love affair happens when we are a hormonal teenager, disinterested by our spotty peers and in search of someone more "mature" and "cooler" to fawn over.
However, getting up close and personal with our idols is a dream which, for the vast majority of us, remains locked away in our teenage diaries (alongside other snippets of personal information that could, quite possibly, cause our adult self to die of embarrassment).
But one young girl who managed to do what most of us only ever dream of is 12-year-old Victoria Anthony. Not only did she get a chance to meet her idol in the flesh (and presumably vow to never take off the outfit she was wearing again), but she got to sing to her idol.
This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity was the result of an impressive social media campaign. It's no secret that the internet has a dark side, but as the body positivity movement has shown us, it can also be used as a force for good - and to make a young girl's dream come true.
Determined to meet her idol, Victoria created the hashtag #VicAndPink in the vain hope that maybe she would be one of the lucky few who manages to come face-to-face with their idol thanks to social media. However, it's unlikely that she actually expected it to happen.
Taking to the microblogging website, the 12-year-old wrote: "Hey @Pink, please let me sing on stage with you in #Vancouver May 12. I’ll be ready! - Victoria (age 12) Share this video and tag #vicandpink to make my dream come true."
To try and convince Pink to sing with her, within the tweet, she included a video of her belting out 'What About Us':
The youngster's talent soon managed to garner a little attention on Twitter, and when her campaign was reported by Canadian news outlets, the publicity the #VicAndPink hashtag was receiving dramatically increased. In fact, it even caught the attention of another musician.
Sarah McLachlan then tweeted Pink, writing: "Hey @Pink, you have to check out 12yr old @vicanthonymusic. She really wants to sing with you May 12th in #Vancouver. Make her #dreamcometrue. #VicAndPink #BeautifulTraumaWorldTour".
Not wanting to disappoint her young fan, Pink decided to pull her onstage during the concert and that's when her dream finally came true.
She impressed the thousands of other concertgoers in the stadium with her stunning rendition of 'Perfect':
When the 12-year-old was plucked from the crowd at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia and Pink immediately recognized her thanks to the attention her social media campaign had garnered.
"Are you who I read about on the news?" Pink asked the 12-year-old. After a brief introduction, Pink offered the microphone to Victoria and gave her the opportunity she had been waiting for. And that's exactly what Victoria did.
Pink was blown away by the performance, telling the girl, "Wow. I don't want to sing anymore."
"I'm feeling incredible," Victoria told Global News afterward. "I'm still kind of in shock," she added, "What I'm taking away from this, and what everyone should take away, is that when you want something, nothing is impossible. You can always achieve something; [it] is just about the amount of effort you put in."
And after what must have been a very life-changing experience, Victoria took to her to Twitter once again in order to express her immense joy. "That was a life-changing moment for me... and my 1st @TwitterMoments. Wow."
But that's not all she had to say about the incredible opportunity. "It happened!" Victoria went on to say, "#VicAndPink #BeautifulTraumaTour thank you @Pink for making me feel I can do anything. @RogersArena @LiveNation."
Of course, the story quickly went viral, and those who heard about it couldn't wait to weigh in:
"I was just so focused on singing and making sure I didn't screw up the words. I was so scared," Victoria told CTV following the sudden interest in the story. "I just started singing and it was so awesome. It was the best thing ever."
"Obviously, I love her music," Victoria added, "but the way she writes her songs … she writes about her experiences and she doesn't really do things because people tell her to. She does things because they're the right thing to do."
Of course, it goes without saying that her friends and family were elated to hear that her ambitious campaign actually worked.
"I was just so proud," Victoria's mom, Christina Anthony, said. "The only way you're going to achieve anything is to dream big and go for it."
Unsurprisingly, considering how gutsy the young girl was and recognizing what an incredible voice she has, following the encounter, several news outlets were keen to speak with her.
After being contacted by CBC, the 12-year-old music prodigy excitedly recalled the moment: "Well, I've always loved Pink [...] I knew Pink was coming and I was joking around like what if I sang with her."
"I sang it right in front of her face," Victoria continued. "It was absolutely crazy."
CBC also got in touch with her mother, Christina, who proudly boasted: "You might as well go out there and go for the biggest thing you want to do. For her, it was to sing with Pink. And I was like, why not?"
"I know she's a good singer, but I was just blown away that she could handle herself and sing in that situation," she added. "I know she's my kid, but wow. Wow."
It just goes to show that you should always be willing to grasp the brass ring and take chances in life. Victoria had no idea whether or not Pink would take her up on her offer, but she gave it a shot, and it has changed her life forever.
Of course, not everybody can impress their idol with a pitch-perfect serenade, as Beyonce quickly discovered when she handed the microphone to this very excited fan:
You can't win them all! But hey, at least she can say she sang a duet with Queen B!