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Cristina's wish is to meet her favorite dancer, Julianne Hough!

  • Cristina presenting Julianne Hough with a gift

  • Cristina with Julianne Hough

“ After experiencing a frightening rare occurrence in her life, I felt the wish experience would allow her to also know the feeling of experiencing a rare occurrence that was good. ”

- Wish mom, Pasquelina

Wish sponsored by: Yoga For Wishes

Cristina is an 18 year old from Westchester, New York and her greatest wish is to meet Julianne Hough whom she looks up to as a dancer!

Cristina's wish and so much more, was granted when she was invited to attend a live taping of “Dancing With the Stars” where Julianne Hough was to appear as a guest judge!

Upon arriving at CBS Television City where the show tapes, Cristina and her mom Pasqua were met by crew member Mitch who first brought the family up to the show’s costume department where the seamstresses were hard at work fixing the costumes of the contestants! There, Cristina learned all about the costuming process and timeline involved in churning out the dancers’ costumes week after week. Cristina even got to pick out some "bling" for herself, thanks to Howard the costume supervisor on the show.

It was then time to head over to makeup where Cristina not only got to get all dolled up by the show’s makeup artists, but also got to meet and get her photos taken with pro dancers Tony, Karina, Emma, Val and Derek, but also the contestants Corbin and Brant! She also got to be makeup chair neighbours with pro dancer Cheryl and contestant Snooki! With each dancer that came up to say hi, Cristina got more and more excited and could not believe her luck! The dancers who got her most excited were Derek (who dipped her!) and whom she really admires as a choreographer and Corbin whom she has been a fan of since his High School Musical days!

Excitement over (for the moment), the family headed back into the studio to be seated for the live show, but not before Mitch stopped in front of a dressing room door to introduce Cristina to Tom Bergeron, the host of the show!

As the family were ushered to their seats, they found out to their surprise that their seat neighbor was none other than Bill Nye who sadly had been eliminated from the show the previous week. Kelly Osbourne was also in attendance as she was there to cheer on her brother Jack. It was then time for the live taping which Cristina and Pasqua thoroughly enjoyed. During commercial breaks, the dancers/contestants would also come by to chat with Cristina and make sure she was enjoying herself. She even got kisses from Brant and Corbin which totally made her day! And all this was before she even got to meet Julianne who was the reason she was there in the first place!

During the final commercial break in a bizarre turn of events, Cristina was singled out by the show’s “warm-up guy” who asked her who she’d come to see. Upon hearing she was there for Julianne and had not met Julianne yet, they brought her across the dance floor to introduce each other. When Julianne learned that Cristina was her actual wish child, she had a big “O M G” moment and gave Cristina a gigantic bear hug! After the show, Cristina got to hang out with Julianne for a little longer, where she was told that she was Julianne’s first wish child (not part of a wish to go on DWTS)!  Cristina proceeded to present Julianne with a gift she’d brought as well as the DVD and program booklet of her high school dance company’s performance that she and the company’s president had organized.

A very happy Cristina left CBS Television City to head back to the hotel to catch the west coast telecast of the show to relive her amazing afternoon at DWTS!

Wish story recap provided by celebrity escort volunteer, Jiat Ling Poon of Make-A-Wish® Greater LA

  • Cristina presenting Julianne Hough with a gift

  • Cristina with Julianne Hough

When Cristina was introduced to Julianne Hough, she gave Cristina a gigantic bear hug! ”

— Celebrity escort, Jiat Ling Poon

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