Total Request Live or more famously known as TRL had their final show last November 16, 2008 in where else but NY Times Square of course. The show entitled ‘TRL Total Finale Live’ showcased their countless top moments and highlights throughout its decade run on MTV. Tons of stars made special appearances on the show, from staples such as Justin Timberlake, JC Chasez, Korn, Hilary Duff, Christina Aguilera, Eminem, Good Charlotte, Diddy to currently budding stars such as Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift. And of course what’s TRL without live performances? For the last time on the TRL stage are Fallout Boy, the Backstreet Boys singing I Want It That Way (less Kevin), Beyonce opened the show, while Ludacris, Nelly and Snoop Dogg did a medley, 50 Cent performed as well and others I can’t remember.
The VJs didn’t miss out who had moments of themselves as well, topbilled by Carson Daly (the longest and most popular host), then you have Hilarie Burton (One Tree Hill), Damien Fahey, Quddus, Lala, Susie and Vanessa Minnillo and from MTV News: Suchin Pak, John Norris and Sway. The show featured their top live performances since September 1998 when they first aired, guest stars and VJs which by the way does not only include entertainers from the music industry but movies, sports and pretty much everyone in the ‘biz. Again, what’s TRL without the top 10 videos, for this last time their counting down the top 10 most iconic and influential videos of all time:
1. …Baby One More Time – Britney Spears – 1998
2. The Real Slim Shady – Eminem – 2000
3. I Want It That Way – Backstreet Boys – 1999
4. Bye Bye Bye – ‘N Sync – 2000
5. Dirrty – Christina Aguilera – 2002
6. Bawitdaba – Kid Rock – 1999
7. Crazy In Love – Beyonce ft. Jay-Z – 2003
8. Yeah! – Usher ft. Ludacris and Lil’ Jon – 2004
9. What’s My Age Again – Blink-182 – 1999
10. Hey Ya! – Outkast – 2003
It’s the end of an era; it’s bittersweet as one of the VJs said. TRL, said Justin, is an integral part of their careers. Some of the biggest artists in the world jumpstarted theirs’ on this show. Name it. Best example is Britney (a no-show surprisingly) who premiered and arrived at the scene the same time as TRL and probably even popularized TRL itself. It is the best platform for new artists wanting to make it big. Not only because the show is basically run by the votes of fans, audiences and viewers but the fact that the artists can perform and interact with them live is what makes it special. I’m one of the fans of the show surpised by this turnout. I didn’t even heard about this, not til’ I stumbled upon it on MTV (currently watching right now.) I’m gonna miss the ever-surprising lineup of guests, the countdown of the top 10 videos and guessing what’s on no. 1, and the rockin’ live performances. I’d miss it when the stars go to the windows and stare and wave at their fans frenzied and blocking the streets of New York, their photobooth pics and the signature wall of everyone who ever set foot on the TRL set. I don’t know why they’d have to end it. TRL is one of the few good shows left on MTV. Now, it’s pretty much filled with crappy so-called “reality” shows. Well, TRL will be replaced by another show of the same format called FNMTV (Friday Night MTV/Feedback New MTV) hosted by Pete Wentz (Fallout Boy/Mr. Ashlee Simpson).