Local woman gets Christmas bonus on Ellen

By DAWN BOOTH, Connect Weekly

Local resident Natasha Nicholson received gifts galore on Ellen’s 12 Days of Giveaways show last week in Burbank, California. SUPPLIED PHOTO

Local resident Natasha Nicholson received gifts galore on Ellen’s 12 Days of Giveaways show last week in Burbank, California. SUPPLIED PHOTO

Earning thousands in giveaways, dancing on TV for millions and having a ten dollar Canadian bill turned into a $500 Visa gift card by Ellen DeGeneres; local resident Natasha Nicholson has plenty to be jolly about.

“It was such an amazing opportunity,” Nicholson said. “To try so long for tickets and dream of being there, and for it to finally happen… I can’t even describe it. It was well worth the wait and I loved every single second of it.”

Nicholson has been a fan of Ellen for as long as she can remember. And after five years of on-again, off-again of applying to be a guest on her show, she finally got the call from a Warner Bros. representative on November 20.

“My phone rang and I saw Warner Bros. on the Caller ID,” said Nicholson, local business owner of Precious Expressions Photography.

“I instantly started jumping up and down because I knew it was finally happening. Sure enough, it was the audience department from the Ellen DeGeneres Show saying that I had guaranteed tickets to the December 15 taping.”

“I instantly started jumping up and down because I knew it was finally happening. Sure enough, it was the audience department from the Ellen DeGeneres Show saying that I had guaranteed tickets to the December 15 taping.”

Nicholson said the rep made it very clear that the taping would “not be a 12 Days of Giveaways show”, but she didn’t care.

“I only ever wanted to go on the show,” she said. “I didn’t care if there were prizes or not… I just wanted to see Ellen.”

On December 14, Nicholson – along with her sister Nicole Jenkins, and two nieces Brittany Burry and Mercedes Jenkins – made her way to Burbank, California. Though they were suspicious, the four of them didn’t find out that they’d be on Ellen’s special “12 Days of Giveaways” show, until taping day.

“Right up to the day it taped on December 15, we were told that it would not be a 12 Days show,” Nicholson said. “We all suspected something might happen, since it is December and she usually does something incredible. But, we were not certain until we were there and it was happening.”

Once in the crowd and seated, they were told that it was going to be a ‘double taping’ day. Nicholson and her extended family were on Ellen’s December 16 and 17 shows. The audience didn’t get to see Tina Fey and the cast from Star Wars: The Force Awakens because their interviews were pre-recorded. However, they did get the shock of a lifetime when Ellen announced there would be a bonus day of prizes.

“Sometimes they have to pre-record certain actors and edit them into the segment due to scheduling. We did see Dax Shepard and we taped everything else for the two episodes,” she said.

“We never dreamed that there would be more prizes. It was a genuine shock when she announced that we were getting a second bonus day of prizes.”

“We never dreamed that there would be more prizes. It was a genuine shock when she announced that we were getting a second bonus day of prizes.”

A bonus day for the same audience was a first for the popular award-winning talk show, and Nicholson’s luck didn’t stop there. On top of the two days of giveaway prizes, she picked up a $500 Visa gift card hand delivered by Ellen during a game called: “Let’s Make a Trade”. (View the recording online).

Including the game prize gift card, Nicholson brought home: $500 worth of Matrix Hair Products; an additional $250 Visa gift card; a three-day, two-night stay at the Mirage in Las Vegas with a $100 food and beverage credit with two VIP tickets to Terry Fator show, along with his LIVE in concert DVD; a $500 Kohl’s gift card and a Mobo Cruiser (with the choice of one adult or two kids’ cruisers).

For Nicholson, it was a dream come true.

“The moment Ellen walked onto the stage to start the show, I couldn’t control my tears. It was real. It was happening. I was really there.”

 – Connect Weekly –