Your date with a star is just a click away

Your date with a star is just a click away

US - Have you wished you could have dinner with your favourite musician, movie star or athlete?

A US website promises to make your dream date with a celebrity a reality.

Imagine a tennis clinic conducted for you and three guest by legends Andre Agassi and Steffie Graf at their tennis court in Las Vegas.

Then have dinner for four at the elegant Michael Mina restaurant and leave in the morning with hand-signed memorabilia with personal messages from Agassi and Graf. The only catch is that it will cost you US$116,000 (S$145,000).

Or if music is more to your taste, you can have your personal meet-and-greet with singer-songwriter Shakira for US$15,000. That is what IfOnly promises you.

Founded in 2011, it aims to connect fans with their idols, which include the likes of music stars Madonna and Bruno Mars and professional American basketball player Kobe Bryant. The website was founded by Mr Trevor Traina, stepson of romance novelist Danielle Steel.

Asked if his website is just a way for the rich to rub shoulders with the famous, Mr Traina says he also wants to cater to people who can't pay US$15,000 for a celebrity experience, reported New Yorker magazine.

An experience with rock band Soundgarden's front man Chris Cornell costs a more modest US$850.

"It's a lot of money, but, quite frankly, the people who buy those are not rich - in fact, I wouldn't even say they're middle class," Mr Traina said.

Meeting the band, Third Eye Blind, at a concert will set you back by US$2,000, he said. "But if you can't afford that...you can get them to sign a guitar pick for you for US$30..."

A recent experience for the UK premiere of movie Don Jon was sold out, with fans paying US$2,000 to walk down the red carpet with its stars Joseph Gordon Levitt and Scarlett Johansson, the website claimed.

Mr Traina said IfOnly keeps 20 per cent of the fees and the rest is split between the celebrities and a charity of their choice.

With this charity model, Mr Traina lets successful celebrities raise money, reported technology website Tech- Crunch.

The start-up already seems to have found favour with investors, raising US$12 million early this month.


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