Updated at 7:12 p.m. ET: Justin Bieber fans everywhere rejoiced when it was announced that the pop star would be hosting "Saturday Night Live" on Feb. 9, but earlier this week, news of a serious snow storm approaching the Northeast seemed it would keep the Bieber faithful from camping out.
But even a blizzard can't stop Bieber Fever.
On Friday morning, nearly 20 Bieber fans were already in line outside 30 Rock, waiting for their chance to get stand-by tickets for "SNL." Stand-by tickets are handed out the Saturday morning before each show, and don't guarantee admission. Instead, the tickets offer an opportunity for fans to fill seats of those that are unable to attend that evening's show.
However, the wait for the Beliebers may not be as long as they first throught. A rep from Saturday Night Live said that, due to the storm, stand-by tickets would be distributed intermittently beginning at 6 p.m. Friday evening, ending at 11 p.m.
That's good news for these fans, since the forecast in New York City for Friday into Saturday calls for blizzard conditions, with potential wind gusts as high as 60 mph and snow accumulation of 10 to 15 inches.
But that wasn't the only support Saturday Night Live showed for its fans. In addition to handing out warm soup, which the show does for its stand-by line whenever it's cold, Friday afternoon, SNL posted picture of t-shirts to its Instagram account, accompanied by the message "Gathering up some #SNL swag for the standby line to help keep them warm. Don't want anyone to catch an actual Bieber Fever..."
The pop star himself made sure his fans were fed by having pizzas delivered to those waiting in line.
Bieber fans Olivia Bee and Allyssa Yohanna joined the line Thursday afternoon, and said they didn't get the emergency alert until they'd already set up camp.
"Originally we planned on, I was going to knit, (Olivia) was going to embroider and get homework done," Yohanna told TODAY.com. "But it's too cold and too wet."
"Now it's just like a really weird slumber party, outside in a blizzard," Bee said.
The girls did say that they set some ground rules once they heard the weather had potential to turn severe.
"We said our rule was that if we ever started to feel way too cold, we would not risk our lives for Bieber," Yohanna said.
"Yeah, we weren't going to die for Bieber," Bee added. "We're not die-hard fans, literally."
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