The One Where Joey McIntyre Hugs Me #ReturnOfTheMac #ChicagonistaLIVE

Few things in the world define my years as tween (which wasn’t even a term back then) like a good debate about which New Kid on the Block is the best!  I was always, and will always be a Joey girl.  Yes, as a fan we love them all.  But unlike having a favorite child, it is NOT against the rules to loudly and proudly proclaim your fave New Kid.  I never got to see NKOTB when I was in middle school so when they began touring again several years ago I knew I HAD to go.  It was such a fun concert and brought back so many memories! I swear it filled a whole in my heart that I didn’t even know was there.  Since then, I’ve seen them again in concert (and have tickets to see them again this summer) and watched pretty much every TV show featuring ANY of the guys.  But literally nothing could have prepared me for the experience I had last week when I not only got to meet my favorite New Kid, Joey McIntyre, but I got a bonafide HUG! I’m pretty sure I actually died right there in the Studio Xfinity!

You see, Joey has a new TV show coming to Pop TV called Return of the Mac and he is stopping at several Xfinity locations around the country to talk about it. While in Chicago, my amazing friends from ChicagonistaLIVE were able to have him on their show and invited some local bloggers to attend the taping.  It was an honor to get to see him in person and I was over the moon excited to have a chance to get a photo with him.  He was seriously so fun to listen to talk about his kids and his wife.  I really didn’t think I could love him anymore than I already did but when he shared with us that he was an assistant coach for one of the kids soccer team, I fell even farther in love. I can’t wait to see his new show which features his real life wife and kids.

Just as the show was wrapping up they had a couple super fun items to giveaway, including a Return of the Mac lunchbox with a matching thermos.  I was ecstatic when they called my name as a winner.  But then….oh THEN it happened, Joey personally gave me the lunchbox and a HUG!  Look at how cute this lunch box is…

oh yeah, and I got him to sign it!! (thanks again Candy for letting me use your sharpie)


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  1. Words cannot express the joy I had when you got that hug from Joey!! I knew going in how much of a Joey fan you are and this day had to be the best day of the year so far for you!! I LOVE that I was front and center to see this happen!

    • Lisa Noel says

      This is easily a top 10 moment of all time!!! Hopefully it won’t take 6 more years to see each other in person!!!!!!!


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