Teen Choice stars learn the meaning of giving (and getting)
"High School Musical" star Vanessa Hudgens almost had to be dragged out of the Celebrity Retreat on Sunday night, mere minutes before the Teen Choice award show went live.
Was she nervous about getting an award? Being onstage with her boyfriend Zach Efron? Nyah. She was really busy shopping and getting well-gifted in the Tiger Electronics-sponsored swag suite.
Wearing a sweet bohemian-chic gown and rocking her new extensions, Vanessa was totally psyched about getting a new pink CHI hair flat iron. She already had the CHI iron in black and blue. And she loved seeing her face on the Mattel Games' High School Musical edition Uno cards, saying: "You know you've made it big when you're an Uno card!" But she was squealed with delight when she overheard her song played on a nearby foot-tapping iDog: "'That's me! That's me!"
Vanessa wasn't the only ecstatic celebrity looter.
"Hannah Montana" star Miley Cirus, wearing a colorful sequined dress by Emilio Covin, got herself an interactive pet Mio Pup and a pair of Warmbat Australia sheepskin boots. And she loved seeing her face on the Hannah Montana DVD game. Yet another "That's me!" moment.
Avril Lavigne jammed with Guitar Hero, which plays classic '80s songs such as "I Want Candy" and "We Got the Beat." She'd already hit the swag suite Saturday and snagged a pair of Guess Miki shoes, a dark gray peep-toe Mary Jane stiletto pump.
Sophia Bush grabbed a pair of Mikis too. The night's big winner, looking hot in a strapless Herve Leger bandage-tight minidress, also picked up a pair of Guess Carrie shoes, a classic stiletto pump in leopard print. "I'm obsessed with all things leopard," Bush admitted.
Emmy Rossum, who told me the songs on her new album are "personal, sexy and honest," was psyched about getting a new Tamagotchi Connection virtual pet. "I had a Tamagotchi," she confessed. "But mine die all the time. Now I can take this one on vacation!"
Hilary Duff was too busy co-hosting the show Sunday night to stop in. But I heard she adopted a Mio Pup and fell for a Stuart Weitzman brown suede fringe bag on Saturday.
But it wasn't all freebie frenzy. The teen stars also selected and donated Tamagotchi toys that will be wrapped by Hallmark and given to sick children by City of Hope, a leading research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening illnesses.
All the swaggers -- even Justin Guarini -- also signed a Hello Kitty guitar that's now being auctioned off at www.charityfolks.com. The former "American Idol" contestant -- inexplicably sporting a headband, the kind worn to hold your hair back when washing your tweenage face with zit-zapping cream -- asked to be let into the Celeb Retreat to get the VIP swag treatment he was accustomed to getting when he was almost an "Idol" winner. His new gig? Interviewing the new generation of teen idols for TV Guide network. Ouch. That's gotta sting.
Face it, dude. To these kids, you're way old. Besides, you've had your 15 minutes. Move over. There's fresh meat on the grill.