THE Regent Cinemas became a sea of screaming teenage girls, supportive parents and distracted boyfriends when pop sensation Reece Mastin arrived in town last night.
Reece kicked off his Restless Tour in a sold-out gig in Ballarat, ahead of three gigs in Shepparton, Bendigo and Warragul this week.
Hundreds of fans spilled down the stairs and into the foyer of the theatre while waiting to meet the 2011 X Factor winner. The pop star signed merchandise for fans lucky enough to nab a space in line from 6.30pm.
Ballarat teenager Ada Delaney shed a tear after meeting her idol. “I’ve cried. And probably will again,” Ada, 15, said.
It is her birthday in 12 days and she hoped for Reece to serenade her with Happy Birthday on stage last night.
“Or he can just give me a kiss,” Ada said.
Elizabeth Courtney, 15, was also beside herself. The teen and her best friend, Melisa Wilson, 14, walked away from the merchandise stand in tears.
“Um, um, um, I don’t know what to say,” Elizabeth said. “I can’t believe I met him ... I can’t even remember what he said to me.”
Ballarat mum Amie Marshman and son Hunter, 6, bought the very last tickets for the show.
“Santa got the tickets in the nick of time,” Amie said. “I’m very excited. But we’re in the back row and separated. We might have to get some nice people to move along.”
Hunter said he styled his hair like Reece every morning. He was even sporting the do on the night.
“I’m looking forward to the concert,” he said.