TWO Pomeroy ladies enjoyed an evening of glitz and glamour as they mingled with the stars at the MTV EMA Awards in Belfast.
Kathy Ruddy and her sister Ciara, from Slate Quarry, were over the moon when they got a phonecall from a friend the day before the massive music event to say they could have two tickets to the awards.
And just 24 hours later the lucky ladies were among the few who gained access to the Odyssey’s pink carpet welcome for some of the biggest stars on the planet.
Kathy, a PHD student, and her sister Ciara, a 20-year-old Psychology student, were just millimetres from Bruno Mars, Katy Perry and Jessie J as they strolled into the awards - which were screened to an estimated audience of 1.6 billion.
A long-time Knight Rider fan, Kathy said her favourite moment was undoubtedley getting to meet David Hasselhoff. “He seemed so down to earth and really keen to talk to people,” she said. “The celebrities could choose whether or not they wanted to walk down the pink carpet, and if they wanted to stand and chat to fans. “Some of them walked straight past but others like Selena Gomez, Jessie J and David Hasselhoff were lovely and really spent time talking to the fans.
“They asked if we were looking forward to the show and signed autographs for us,” she said, adding that she was disappointed niether Lady Gaga nor Justin Bieber took to the carpet.
But Kathy said she and her sister had a perfect view of all the performances across various stages during the event itself - which was an advantage, she laughed, considering she doesn’t have Sky and therefore wouldn’t have been able to watch the awards at home.
“There was room in the standing area so we could move about and see all the different acts,” she said. “We were never more than a few yeards away from the big names.”
Kathy, who picked up a UK Graduate of the Year award last year for her scientific studies, said Sunday was “the best night ever”.
“Loads of friends and family were texting and saying they could see us on TV,” she said. “We were just really happy to be have the opportunity to be there.”