September 28, 1998
After meeting Paula Abdul (center), Lauren Last (l.) and Nicki Loud were surprised how normal she was.
For 13-year old Lauren Last and 14-year old Nicki Loud, it was indeed a great summer. The dancers, students at Turning Pointe in Mill Creek, competed at the Co. Dance Competition in Florida where Last won the solo performer of the year award, and Last and Loud danced as a duo. Both performances were judged best of the show and were taped and aired on ESPN Sept. 28.
Despite the excitement of the competition, both girls were thrilled to meet singer, dancer Paula Abdul who asked Last to appear on "The Howie Mandel Show," where she met and exchanged hugs and photos with the Back Street Boys who were appearing on Jay Leno's "Tonight Show."
They gave the young dancer hugs and some photos of the group with Last.