So we’re now on Day 3 of Johnny and Tara Add Some Sorely Needed Sparkle to NBC Sports’ Social Media, and today is Twitter Q&A Day! They’ll be answering questions beginning at 1 pm ET, so please tweet your questions ASAP to @JohnnyGWeir @TaraLipinski @NBCSN, and be sure to include the hashtag #JohnnyTaraTakeover. Or just tweet to @TaraandJohnny, but again, you must include the #JohnnyTaraTakeover hashtag.
UPDATE! Scroll down to read the complete Q&A session at the end of this post!
Yesterday was Vine Day (don’t tell Instagram, but Vine is still a thing) and so this happened. The BBC version of Viacheslav Romanov is apparently covering the Derby:
“Hello. This is Johnny Weir reporting live from inside my suitcase. I’ve lost my mind. Derby packing.”
And fans were thrilled to see that the Trifari dragon—a gift for Johnny’s birthday last year—may be making an appearance this weekend!
“Derby must-packs: Chanel bag, Trifari dragon, iPad I don’t know how to use, masks for the airplane, and a shoe.”
Also on Tuesday, USA Today offered more clues about Johnny’s hat for this year’s Derby:
What kind of over-the-top hat will Johnny Weir wear at Saturday’s Kentucky Derby? The answer will be in a box that will be shipped to Weir here this week from his hat designer.
Last year, Weir wore a big hat with feathery, white plumes. It had a white horse with golden wings flying out of the feathers.
“My hat will be arriving by FedEx later in the week, but the only thing I’ll give away was … last year it was very literal. It was called Pegasus (the winged horse),” Weir said Tuesday in an NBC Sports teleconference.
“But this year it’s a little bit more conceptual. And the hat, I’ve entitled it, ‘To the victor, the spoils.’ So think of that what you will, but it’s going to be very aggressive and very fun, and I’ll be very fun to wear it.”
He again collaborated on the hat with designer Kerin Rose Gold.
NBC released a transcript of the entire media conference call with Johnny and Tara, which is absolutely worth reading.
Coming up on THURSDAY:
*Johnny and Tara will be using Twitter’s Periscope app to livestream a behind-the-scenes look at their day. Follow @NBCSN on Twitter to get the livestream, although it appears that Periscope is only available for iPhone, so I’m not suuuuure how this is going to work exactly… UPDATE: While the Periscope app only works on iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, You CAN watch Periscope livestreams on a desktop or laptop without the app—you just can’t broadcast your own livestream. @NBCSN will likely tweet a link to Johnny and Tara’s livestream—just click and you’ll be there!
*Set your DVRS for “Access at the Kentucky Derby,” airing live on NBC Sports Network beginning at 4 pm ET. From Comcast’s programming guide:
And on FRIDAY:
*They’ll finish out their weeklong social media blitz by posting Pink Carpet pics from Kentucky Oaks on NBC Sports’ Instagram.
*Johnny and Tara also are scheduled to appear on NBC Sports Network’s live coverage of Kentucky Oaks, which begins at 12 noon ET.
*And they’ll be at Barnstable Brown Friday evening, an event that is not televised but hopefully will result in fab pics.
Looking forward to lots of selfies as only these two can provide…
Cheat Sheet! Here’s a quick look at the Glitter Twins’ NBC Sports social media takeover schedule for the week:
- Monday: Johnny and Tara’s Derby Trends Pinterest Board launched today. Click here for a link to their fashion and entertainment picks.
- Tuesday: Fans can join Johnny and Tara as they capture their experience packing for Derby week on NBC Sports’ Vine account.
- Wednesday: Johnny and Tara will take over the @NBCSN Twitter handle to answer questions about Derby fashion and the scene at Churchill Downs.
- Thursday: Johnny and Tara will Periscope “A Day in the Life at Churchill Downs” from the @NBCSN Twitter handle, giving fans a live stream of what’s happening behind-the-scenes as they prep for Thursday’s Kentucky Derby Access show at 4 pm ET on NBCSN.
- Friday: Johnny and Tara will take over the NBC Sports Instagram, posting photos from the Pink Carpet at the Kentucky Oaks.
UPDATE: Complete Twitter Q&A!
In case you missed it, here’s the Q&A session Johnny and Tara did using the @NBCSN Twitter account. NBC Sports Network even changed their profile picture and Twitter name temporarily for the takeover: