Former First Lady, Michelle Obama, Visits Children’s Hospital Colorado

Seacrest Studios at Children’s Hospital Colorado was lucky to get a surprise holiday visit from former first lady, Michelle Obama! She first stopped by the hospital’s studio for an interview with none other than Ryan Seacrest himself. They discussed her new book Becoming, her childhood, meeting Barack Obama, and what it’s like getting used to”regular life” after eight years in the White House.

After her time in the Seacrest Studio, Mrs. Obama teamed up with Santa as they made their way to a packed atrium to read The Night Before Christmas to the patients and families.Kids then got the chance to spend more than 35 minutes asking Mrs. Obama questions, which ranged from “How many push ups can you do?” to”If you had one wish for the world, what would it be?” Throughout the Q&A time, Mrs. Obama emphasized her love for kids all over the world and her answers radiated with wisdom, sincerity, and wit. In responding to the”wish” question, Mrs. Obama stressed the need for empathy:

“If I can try to understand someone, maybe I can help get them to a better place. I think if everyone practiced empathy…not just thinking about how they feel, but how the other person feels…that will help us as a country be nicer to each other.” 

Michelle Obama

The highlight of the Q&A session sprung out of the question “What’s your favorite dance move?” To which Mrs. Obama turned the question around to the patients, leading to an “Orange Justice” dance lesson! We’re grateful we got the very special opportunity spend so much time with the former first lady, Michelle Obama!

Seacrest Studios At Children’s Hospital Colorado Packed For A Visit With Twenty One Pilots!

Twenty One Pilots walked into a packed Seacrest Studio at Children’s Hospital Colorado to meet some amazing kids and field a few especially witty and thoughtful questions.

Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun, the duo that makes up Twenty One Pilots, discussed a wide range of topics, including what got them into music—Josh said that he’d typically rather speak through his music, especially his drums, than talk on a microphone (though we’re glad he talked to us on our microphone!) In response to a particularly hilarious question, Tyler took us on a deep dive into the intricate details of shaping and answering Would You Rather questions while on long drives during their first tour—turns out it’s not as easy as it seems given that a single question could be debated and answered for many hours.

The pair nailed the familiar phrase “Twenty One Pilots” during their turn at Backwards Forwards and they got a chance to meet a TON of their biggest fans. Many thanks to our new friends, Tyler and Josh, we hope we get to see you again soon!


Grace VanderWaal Talks AGT with Children’s Hospital Colorado!

Written Recap by Seacrest Studios Intern, Ashley Capoot

Seacrest Studios at Children’s Colorado was lucky enough to welcome the talented singer Grace Vanderwaal in February, where she was greeted by an energetic audience packed full of excited patients and families. Grace performed her hit song, “I Don’t Know My Name,” and spent lots of time chatting with her fans.

The kids were anxious to hear about Grace’s experience on the TV show “America’s Got Talent.” She explained that when her mom signed her up for the show’s open calls, they “thought it would be fun, but we didn’t think I would actually make it on the show!” She also shared some of her funniest memories from her time on the show: “We signed up to be in this really long line like you see on TV, and we had a big suitcase with, like, sleeping bags and subway sandwiches. And when we got there, it was like a fifteen-minute line!”

Grace shared the inside scoop about her experience on the show “Treehouse Masters” as well. She said that watching the progress from day to day was really exciting, and that she was very happy with how her treehouse turned out. When asked what her favorite part of the building process was, Grace said that she “got to walk across the bridge before the ropes were on it, which was really scary but really cool!”

Many kids were also curious about when Grace began writing and performing her music. She told the studio that she began performing when she was ten, but that she wrote her first song when she was eleven. She said the writing process for her first song was “frustrating, but fun of course!” The studio audience got inventive with their questions as well, and they picked Grace’s brain about all sorts of topics. Grace revealed that she loves to play basketball, she would win a sushi food eating contest, she was working on a science project about baking powder in cookies, and that she wishes she could be trapped in the TV show “Bob’s Burgers.”

To keep with tradition at BBOY45, Grace closed out her interview with a game of “Backwards Forwards.” As she attempted to say her name backwards, Grace couldn’t help but remark “that is so scary!” She kept the kids laughing, and she seemed to enjoy herself as well. As Grace prepared to take photos with the audience, she encouraged the kids to “be themselves” and thanked them for visiting with her. Grace VanderWaal proved to be a delight to have in the studio, and we are grateful for all the laughs she provided to all of us at Children’s Hospital Colorado!


RSF Spotlight: Meet Our Awesome Team at Children’s Colorado!


Meet our awesome Seacrest Studios team at Children’s Colorado! Chris Coleman, our Studio Manager who can say “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” backwards from memory! Cody Hudson our Child Life Specialist, who can lip-sync and dance to ANYTHING. And Micah Bridges, our Tech Specialist and former intern who can do a FLAWLESS pirate impression! Together, these three have made the studio a special place for patients to hang out. Learn more about Chris, Cody and Micah in their own words:

How long you have worked at Seacrest Studios? Chris & Cody: Since we opened over three years ago! Micah: Six months as an intern and eight months as an employee!

  • Favorite thing (game/activity, etc.) you do in studio: All of us: when kids have a BLAST in the studio! Chris: Backwards Forwards, Cody: Magical Mystery Shirt of Mystery and Magic (during Bingo), Micah: Closeup Picture Game
  • Most memorable studio guest (and why): All of us: Chris & Micah: Ed Sheeran because SO many people were watching…and his super slow-mo shake-face. Cody: Eric Paslay, because he remembered kids from his first visit during his second visit.
  • Do you have a special hidden talent? Chris can say “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” backwards from memory, Cody can lip-sync and dance to ANYTHING, Micah: FLAWLESS pirate impression


Thank you, Chris, Cody and Micah for making Seacrest Studios at Children’s Colorado such an awesome place to be!

Why Don’t We Surprises Patients with a Live Performance!

Written recap: Seacrest Studios intern, Victoria Cheng

Photos: Seacrest Studios staffer, Micah Bridges

Video: Footage from Seacrest Studios intern, Victoria Cheng and Seacrest Studios staffer Micah Bridges, edited by Micah Bridges and Chris Coleman
Prep, Host, and Live Production: Seacrest Studios intern, Gavyn Bills and Seacrest Studios staffer Cody Hudson


Jonah Marais, Corbyn Besson, Daniel Seavey, Jack Avery and Zach Herron of the boyband, Why Don’t We, visited the Seacrest Studio at Children’s Hospital Colorado to meet patients and their families. Kids in the studio and hospital rooms were eager to chat with the band and we were even surprised with a live performance!

As Why Don’t We’s number one fan, Maya started the interview with: “Is there a singer you would love to collaborate with in the future?” Ideas immediately started buzzing in the band members’ minds. Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber, Frank Ocean and John Bellion were some of the names mentioned.

Morgan then asked the hilarious question, “If you were a Disney princess, which would you be…and can you sing like them?”

Jonah immediately decided he would be Belle from Beauty and the Beast, the reason being that he wanted to “be Emma Watson.”

“Can I be cliché and say Cinderella?” Jack asked. “I think she’s the most famous of all of them.” The band laughed at that, noting that Jack just wanted to be the most famous.

Zach jumped in and said, “I would be Elsa from Frozen.” Of course, he sang a bit of “Let It Go” for the Frozen fans in the room. Cheers and applause erupted from the crowd after he finished.

Ashley wondered how long the band had known Logan Paul for. The boys told the story of how they met the actor. During the last show of their first tour, they thought they saw Logan Paul in the crowd, but halfway through, he disappeared. Turns out, he snuck up from backstage and surprised the band.

Of course, Miracle wanted to know how Why Don’t We got their name. The boys all started as solo artists, but also wanted to be part of a band. “We have the same music aspirations, and we’re already bros, so we were like, Why Don’t We?” Jack explained.

“It kinda stuck and it’s just so spontaneous,” Corbyn added. “Our whole philosophy of music is to be spontaneous; we’re always dropping music, we’re always touring, we’re always doing shows. And we can use this name to make an impact and attach it to slogans like ‘Why Don’t We spread positivity?’ and ‘Why Don’t We love one another?’ so hopefully we can use that to make a difference.”

Further questions revealed that Zach is the prankster of the group, Corbyn’s favorite game is League of Legends, and that Daniel once received 50 watermelon from a fan. Jack wanted to be a basketball player as a kid and Jonah likes to read. The band also loves making puns based on their name and their songs.

We took a break from questions for a surprise performance by Why Don’t We. Patients watched in awe as the band sang a mashup of songs from their Something Different EP. As they revealed, “Something Different” is one of their favorite songs to perform on stage.

Afterwards, Why Don’t We played Backwards Forwards in the Studio. They recorded their name and played it backwards. They thought it was hilarious because when their band name is played backwards, it sounds like “Hey, what up?” In the end, the boys nailed their band name in Backwards Forwards, so it looks like the name was a perfect choice.

Before the band jumped right to autographs and photos with the kids, they left patients with some words of advice.

“Always smile,” they said. “Do what you love and don’t let anyone tell you anything else. If you’re working hard for it, and you’re doing what you love, then you’re not working a day in your life. Stay true to yourself.”



RSF Spotlight: Meet Maya

We’re shining the spotlight on some of the amazing people that help make our Seacrest Studios around the country so special.


(Maya on the right, with her sister Leah on the left)

Maya hosts her own pop culture show called “Latest News To Keep You In The Groove, With Maya!” at Seacrest Studios in Children’s Hospital of Colorado. With her own tenacity and effort, she has set up and completed about 10 celebrity call-in interviews with everyone from YouTube up-and-comers, The Fresh Men, to Madison Hu and Olivia Rodrigo from Disney’s show, Bizaardvark!! She has truly found a calling and it’s incredible to watch. Learn more about Maya in her own words:

  • How old are you? 14
  • Who is your favorite artist and or song? Tie between Jon Klaasen (I got to interview him on my own show) he is so talented, and Selena Gomez!
  • Who was your favorite studio guest? Sabrina Carpenter! She was so nice, and I also got to meet her sister, Sarah!
  • Do you have your own show? I have a show that’s all about pop culture and it’s called “The Latest News To Keep You In The Groove”! Ryan, I’m still waiting for you to call in! 🙂
  • Do you have a special hidden talent? I can learn all the words to songs very quickly.

Thank you, Maya, for helping make Seacrest Studios in Colorado such a fun place to be!


Don’t forget to follow Maya for all the latest updates on her show!

Instagram: @thelatestnewswithmaya

Twitter: @msingerpop

YouTube: Pop Star Extraordinaire Maya

Excited Patients Welcome Sabrina Carpenter Back To Colorado!

Written recap: Seacrest Studios Intern, Victoria Cheng
Interview/Prep: Cody Hudson
Photos: Micah Bridges
Video: Micah Bridges and Chris Coleman, with additional footage from Seacrest Studios Intern, Gavyn Bills

Seacrest Studios was packed for Sabrina Carpenter’s second visit to Children’s Hospital Colorado. Patients and families were extremely excited to ask questions about her music, career, and role as an ambassador for the Ryan Seacrest Foundation.

The interview was off to a great start with a question from Sam: “If you could mail yourself to any place in the world tonight, where would you want to be delivered?”

Sabrina’s response was instantaneous. “Paris, France. I would get a baguette. All I do is eat apparently, when I go to all these places, but they have the best bread in the world.”

Later, Zoey asked Sabrina what inspired her to become an ambassador for Seacrest Studios.

“Great question!” Sabrina said. “I had the privilege of getting to visit almost every single one of their Studios…and getting to be with you guys, and kids just like you guys, were the best parts of my travels. When [Ryan] asked me to be an ambassador it was the easiest ‘yes’ I could have ever made.”

We also learned that Sabrina draws inspiration for fashion from many sources, but especially great women in film. She also loves to look at fashion blogs but doesn’t have a particular fashion icon, saying that everyone’s style is always changing, and so is hers.

After a few more questions, Sabrina played Backwards Forwards in the studio. During her last visit, she was able to replicate the phrase “Eyes Wide Open” almost perfectly, and this time she tackled “The De-tour.” While she thought the phrase would be easy to say backwards, the actual clip proved her wrong.

“First of all, that sounds nothing like ‘The De-tour’,” she said, getting a laugh from the crowd. In the end, she recorded something close to “The De-tour” and the patients clapped enthusiastically for her efforts.

We continued with a question from Tatum, who asked, “What helps you get through the hard stuff?”

Sabrina shared how music helps her through difficult times. Listening to artists that she loves, and songs that make her want to dance, turns a negative situation into a positive one. Patients nodded their agreement when she said that creating music can often be a sort of therapy for her.

Then, Gabby wanted to know what animal Sabrina would like to have as a pet. Much to Gabby’s delight, she and Sabrina discovered that they both would love to have a dolphin as a pet! As for the name, patients suggested Clementine, Flipper, and Sabina.

Before patients got to take photographs with Sabrina, she left them with some words of encouragement. “I always say that if you are shooting for something that’s even larger than life, then you always have something that you’re working towards. It’s always really good to have something that you’re working towards. And be in love with what you do.”

Finally, she thanked everyone for spending time with her and asking fun questions. Thank you, Sabrina for coming down to Children’s Hospital Colorado and hanging out with us here at the studio again!

All Time Low Interviewed By Patients At Seacrest Studios Colorado

Written recap: Seacrest Studios intern, Victoria Cheng
Video: Footage from Seacrest Studios intern, Leticia Zulian and Seacrest Studios staffer Micah Bridges, edited by Chris Coleman
Prep and Live Production: Seacrest Studios intern, Gavyn Bills and Seacrest Studios staffer Cody Hudson

All Time Low‘s Alex Gaskarth, Jack Barakat, Zack Merrick, and Rian Dawson stopped by the Seacrest Studio at Children’s Hospital Colorado to meet patients and their families. Kids in the studio (and in the hospital rooms) were extremely excited to get to talk to these rock stars.

Isaac kicked off the interview with: “What is your favorite app to use on your phone?” Alex said he was really into all social media platforms, but he recently discovered a new hiking app that maps out every trail in the States. Jack mentioned that he plays Mario twenty times a day, and both Rian and Zack joked that he also has an app to turn up the game volume louder than it should be.

After that, All Time Low continued to answer questions from Madi and Bree, who asked, “How does it feel to know that your music has such a big impact on people and what is the most rewarding part of making music?” The band mentioned how wonderful their fans are and that it is an incredible feeling to have made a difference.

“To have people tell us how the music has gotten them through a hard time or anything like that…it’s the most incredible piece of what we get to do, because it’s bigger than us,” said Alex.

Rian added to that statement, saying, “To us, we just feel like the same four guys that were practicing in our parents’ basement, so to know that we have an impact on anyone’s life, no matter how big or how small, it’s something we never imagined.”

This got a good laugh from the crowd, as it was followed up by a question asking if they ever got kicked out of the basement they practiced in.

“If it ever got too loud in the basement,” Rian continued. “My mom would flip the lights on and off, and that would mean silence right away.” The other band members agreed not to mess with Mom, much to every parent’s delight.

Later, Abri asked All Time Low, “If you could have 1000 of anything orange, what would it be?” Jack immediately said he wanted 1000 orange Skittles, while Rian went big with 1000 orange Lamborghinis. Alex decided on 1000 oranges because he’s “big on freshly-squeezed juice.”

Of course, according to tradition, the band was asked to play Backwards Forwards. Together, the band recorded their name, “All Time Low”, then laughed at how difficult the backwards version was. However, they did a great job recording the phrase backwards forwards and ended up with a new name, “All Slime Low”.

The interview ended with a quick round of “Most Likely To…”, revealing that the band members have a big “No Pranks” rule and Alex is the most likely to call his mom when he is sick.

The band left the kids with some encouraging words and advice, saying, “Keep smiling. Smiles and a positive attitude are really contagious. You don’t know what other people are going through so just shooting someone a random smile can really help.”

Autographs and photographs rounded out the visit. Patients and families brought magazines and personalized jackets for the band to sign, providing a wonderful opportunity to get to see the band face to face. Many thanks to All Time Low for visiting Children’s Hospital Colorado!


We’re shining the spotlight on some of the amazing people that help make our Seacrest Studios around the country so special. 


Judson, a patient at Children’s Hospital Colorado since birth, has helped make Seacrest Studios such a special place to be! Here is his story:

Some more about Judson, in his own words:

  • What is your favorite Artist/Song? Alicia Keys “We are Here” and “Fallin”
  • What is your favorite thing to do in studio? Spend time with Cody & Chris and making kids laugh
  • Do you have a favorite studio guest? Carlos Gonzales from the Colorado Rockies. He was so nice, he answered my frog joke (but got it wrong).
  • Do you have a favorite in studio show? I have my own show called “Judson’s Club.”
  • What is your hidden talent? Dancing in my wheelchair with my mom!

Thank you Judson for always helping to fill Seacrest Studios with happiness and laughter!


LoCash Sings ‘I Know Somebody’ At Seacrest Studios Colorado

Written recap by Cody Hudson
Photos by Chris Coleman
Video by Chris Coleman with additional footage from Amanda Thiel

Chris Lucas and Preston Brust from LoCash hung out with patients in Seacrest Studios at Children’s Hospital Colorado. The patients and kids were eager to find out all about LoCash and asked great questions. We learned that if Preston could have any animal he would get a bear and name it Bubba (and it would protect his house!)…and Chris explained that he didn’t like history when he was in school even though he loves it now. Between the two, Preston was more likely to eat food off the ground and play goofy games, while Chris has the bigger collection of Disney movies and is the video game expert of the two.

The guys of LoCash explained the origin of their name as it was adapted from a group that Preston and some high school buddies had called the “LoCash Money Boys,” a nickname they gave themselves when they were able to find fun stuff to do that didn’t cost much money. Chris explained that, “it’s really mentality for life, the best things in life are free, like hanging out with friends and family” and that’s why they call their group LoCash.

Both Preston and Chris played along in our studio’s favorite game, Backwards Forwards and did quite well. Preston even figured his name out before we played it backwards, and got every syllable right with the name of their latest single, “A Ring on Every Finger.” Preston and everyone in the studio were impressed with his backwards forwards abilities and Preston said with a smile, “Why am I so good at this? I found a subject I’m good at, I could do this all day guys, this is fun!” Then the duo sang their number one hit, “I Know Somebody” as the studio crowd clapped along.

Children’s Hospital Colorado also learned that LoCash loves coffee and movies and hopes to one day play at Red Rocks or Madison Square Garden. Before taking pictures and signing autographs, LoCash offered these words of encouragement, “Sometimes we are gonna have rough days and sometimes there are brighter days, look forward to the brighter days. Try to put a smile on someone else’s face. Stay strong, you got this.” Thanks to LoCash for putting smiles on our faces here in Colorado. Come back and talk backwards with us anytime!