Kristin Chenoweth Surprises Her Biggest Fan

by Rachael Ray Show Staff 9:00 AM, December 2, 2014


Aired December 2, 2014

Growing up, Ohio resident Courtney Gilliland loved to sing, but was always too shy to do it in public.

"I would always sing in my room -- away from everyone," she says.

That all changed when she fell in love with musical theater. Courtney says that listening to music from popular shows like 'Wicked' inspired her to finally come out of her shell and pursue what she loved to do most.

"Once I got involved in the theater, I realized there was nothing to be afraid of anymore," she says.

Now 21, Courtney is the president of her Drama Society and a performer in local community theater.

She's also become a huge fan of one of the original cast members of 'Wicked,' Kristin Chenoweth, whom Courtney describes as "her idol."

Unfortunately, despite seeing 'Wicked' eight times on Broadway, Courtney's never had the chance to meet Kristin in person.

"It's something that I've always wanted to do," she says.

To help achieve her dream, Courtney's aunt, Carol, reached out to our show. Now, Courtney's joining Rachael today thinking she's here to audition in front of our audience. What happens next is a TV moment you won't want to miss!