Thursday, February 22, 2007
7 News Features: Star Treatment
If you tuned into idol tonight, you're not alone. More then 30 million people watch the show every night. But only a lucky few get to be in the audience. Now, a South Florida man is making it possible for anyone to get the "star treatment."
WSVN -- From crowning a winner to watching the bad news being delivered first hand, it's why millions of us tune in to watch American Idol every week.
And while the small screen is available to everyone, only a select few can see American Idol like this -- from the audience.
Bob Crozer is one of the lucky ones.
Last year, he and his wife watched the singing competition in person at the Kodak Theatre in L.A.
Bob Crozer: "You know, we've gone shopping. We'd done all the normal stuff. He said, 'Uh, you want to go see American Idol?' And I was like, 'Yeah!' You know, it's not aired all year round."
Idol's just one of Bob's many adventures, which include everything from flying a fighter jet, to jetting off to exotic locales in a private plane.
And it's all thanks to a South Florida company, Doug Turner's Millionaire's Concierge.
Bob Crozer: "Off we went. Doug got us tickets, got us VIP treatment -- really took care of us."
Getting your hands on Idol tickets is nearly impossible.
Most go to contestant's families or friends, and only a few hundred are actually available to the public.
But the Millionaire Concierge can get you the best seat in the house at any venue, without waiting in line.
Doug Turner: "Everybody wants to go to American Idol, and you know everybody wants to go to the last few shows, the grand finale, the last show. I have after-party tickets. I mean you name it, I can get it."
Belkys Nerey: "The Millionaire's Concierge is similar to a hotel concierge but to the extreme. For instance, besides Idol tickets, Doug will arrange for you to arrive to your destination in style."
Doug Turner: "Here we are at the most exclusive private airport in the world."
Your Idol experience can begin at the Aero Toy Store in Fort Lauderdale.
From this private airport -- exclusive to the rich and famous, like Diddy and Donald Trump -- you can jet off to L.A.
Or just hop into a $14 million helicopter to be taken to a local concert.
Don't like flying -- well, how about arriving in this little number?
This is the largest limo in the world, at 45 feet long.
It includes a DJ stand and a full-size bar.
Or you can float up to your next event, like Usher did, during the MTV Video Music Awards back in 2004.
All of this "star treatment," including the American Idol finals, can be yours. That's if you've got the cash.
Doug Turner: "That particular trip can run anywhere from $50,000 to $100,000 with a private jet, depends how long you stay, but you need some cash for that trip because its a long trip on a private jet across the country."
It may be pricey, but being "live" for one of the most popular shows on TV is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Bob Crozer: "I don't know if I'd admit that -- but it was fun. It was the highlight of us going out there. It's a great memory, yeah."
Millionaire's concierge packages can range from $1,000 to $100,000.
Aero Toy Store
1710 West Cypress Creek Road
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309