HERSHEY, PA. -- At the end of the show, a stunned Haley Sattazahn stood alone with her mother in the center of the arena floor. The 10-year-old girl with the dirty blond hair and summer tan was turning over in her hands a gray skullcap that only moments before had been -- are you ready for this? -- on Ace Young's head!!!
"I can barely breathe," Haley said, gasping for air. After a moment, she told the story of how she had stood on her chair, leapt into the air and caught the cap that Young -- who finished seventh on American Idol this year -- had thrown into the mad swarm on the floor. She fell off the chair, but like a seasoned ballplayer colliding with the fence to catch a home run ball, Haley kept a tight grip on her prize.
AMERICAN IDOLS LIVE / / 7 p.m. Friday / / Verizon Center in Washington / / Tickets $48.50-$72.50 at ticketmaster.com