JoBros display way more than just bubble-gum pop

by Alison Bonaguro
Special to the Tribune

Published August 26, 2008


Hundreds of teen and tweener girls were left disappointed after posters they had labored over for a Jonas Brothers concert contest ended up in the trash before the sold-out show Sunday night in Tinley Park.

The Jonases have teamed up with Chevy for a Green Team Jonas promotion with a lucrative prize: meeting Disney heartthrobs Nick, Joe and Kevin. The "Chevy Rocks the Road with the Jonas Brothers" poster contest's theme was about having fun and thinking green, and so-called Chevy Spotters were to be in the parking lots of the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre looking for possible winners.

But many of the posters covered with glitter glue, puffy paint and the blood, sweat and tears of girls were thrown in the trash because there were too many to be judged outside and the posters weren't allowed in the venue. The ticket takers said the posters were banned because they could obstruct the views of Jonas fans. One worker said the posters would be given to the Jonases later.

But that did little to ease the disappointment of young fans, who were seen dejectedly throwing their posters into large garbage bins before the show. Lauren Adrian, 13, made a poster for the contest.

"We got there at 4:30, because that's what the rules said to do. Then we waited in this really long line but there was just way too many people so they said the poster contest was closed," she said. "I saw some kids crying, but it was still fun to make the poster anyway."

Adrian said she was told the posters would be put in a box to give to the Jonas Brothers.

A Jonas Brothers representative, who asked not to be named, said that due to the overwhelming number of entries for the Chicago show's contest, not every poster was able to be judged. But the Jonas Brothers did meet with a winner before the concert.

At previous stops on the Jonas tour, including New York and Boston, parents and young fans also have bitterly complained about waiting for hours and being turned away before their posters were viewed.


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