Before they hit the dance floor, students at Lexington High School will strut their stuff on the red carpet this afternoon as local access channel LexMedia hosts live coverage and interviews of students attending the prom.
From dresses to their dates, LexMedia hosts Colleen Smith and Petra Hoffman will interview students on the red carpet as they depart from Lexington High School for their prom at the Danversport Yacht Club this evening.
It’s the first year LexMedia is offering live red carpet coverage, and third year the local access channel has covered the prom.
Smith, who gets her hair done and wears a gown for the program, said her first year hosting the coverage she had to beg students to walk down the red carpet for an on-camera interview. By last year, the idea had caught on.
“We had to cut it off because there was so many kids,” Smith said.
Florence DelSanto, the executive director of LexMedia, said students all come to Lexington High School before departing on buses to the prom, and the local access channel puts out the red carpet to interview the students as they prepare to depart. DelSanto said the program is good for parents who would like to see some of their prom, even if their kids don’t want them there.
Smith said she bought the red carpet online, and she asks the girls about their dresses and their dates, and ask the guys what they think of their date’s dress. She brought in Hoffman, who just opened a new boutique called Petra!, to help with the interviews this year.
Some students are more talkative than others, and some giggle or blush, and DelSanto said if the students don’t want to appear on television they can simply bypass the red carpet.
Smith said some of the guys don’t want to be interviewed, so the girls will come with each other to be interviewed. Other guys are enthusiastic, and some even coordinate the colors of their tuxedos with their date’s dress.
“They are all very excited,” Smith said.
The live coverage of the Lexington High School Prom red carpet will appear on LexMedia Thursday from 4:15 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. on LETV Channel 13 on RCN, Channel 9 on Comcast and Channel 36 on Verizon.
The red carpet coverage can also be viewed online using the LexMedia app for iPads and iPhones or LexMedia’s website at here.