Crying for One Direction

Crying for One Direction
Student Gabriella Goh sobbing after winning tickets to the preview of 3-D concert movie and documentary One Direction: This Is Us, on 24 August 2013.

She cried all week at school.

Exam stress? No.

Compassvale Secondary School student Gabriella Goh, 13, was distraught at not having won tickets to watch her idols, the lads of English-Irish boy band One Direction, on the big screen.

Almost 300 Directioners - that's what fans call themselves - descended on The Cathay at Handy Road on Saturday morning for an exclusive preview screening of the 3-D concert movie and documentary One Direction: This Is Us, organised by Sony Pictures, The New Paper and HOT FM91.3.

They were among the first to watch it in Asia, before the film officially premieres in countries like Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia on Thursday.

The ones who didn't manage to win tickets through various contests in this paper and on radio, like Gabriella, resorted to getting the attention of HOT FM91.3 DJs Boy Thunder and Adam Piperdy, and their "angels" who were roving the area outside The Cathay with extra tickets to the screening for deserving Directioners.

When Gabriella's "Boy Thunder pick me" sign and her constant singing - nay, yelling - of One Direction song lyrics finally scored her a pair of tickets to the 11am screening, she collapsed in a small heap, sobbing. "I came here at 8am and I made a sign (at the) last minute," said Gabriella.

Can you guess what she was doing throughout the 1½-hour screening afterwards?

That's right - crying.

And she wasn't the only one.

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