Once Upon A Prom
MTV Reality TV Show | 2008
Once Upon A Prom was an MTV reality series that followed teenagers preparing for the most important night of their high school career — prom. As they deal with nerves, limousines, outfits, and of course, the perfect date, MTV was there to watch and make some prom dreams come true.
In the 2008 edition, 50 senior single boys submitted video proposals for Taylor to choose them as their prom date so she could experience the high school dance she was too busy launching her music career to attend. Every type of guy wanted to be Taylor’s date, and although she’d been on the road nonstop, a day off from her tour with Rascal Flatts was the perfect opportunity to attend a high school prom. MTV followed Taylor as she prepared, as well as her date to see how he was coping with accompanying a huge star to prom.
“Platinum record sales. Multiple CMT Music Awards. A Grammy nomination. Eighteen-year-old Taylor Swift has already crossed off some impressive milestones. But as of Friday night, she still hadn’t done one thing: Senior Prom.” — MTV
Taylor attended on the arm of senior Whit Wright, whom she chose from about 50 applicants. “This guy was so down to earth and all-American,” said Taylor, who had been home schooled for the previous two years. “He was unbelievably sweet.”
Taylor picked up Wright in her tour bus. When she discovered that her date was wearing a pink tie and vest to honor a friend’s mother who was battling breast cancer, she ran to the back of the bus and changed into a pale pink dress. “I felt so much like I was in high school again — in a good way, without any drama, without anyone being catty,” said Taylor, who would’ve be on tour when her former high school, Hendersonville High in Tennessee, had its prom. “It was the coolest thing!”
Wright, who bought his date a corsage, told the Tuscaloosa News, “I thought I was going to prom solo and I’m going with Taylor Swift! It’s just been the best senior year I can possibly imagine.”
The pair double-dated with Taylor’s best friend Abigail and his best friend, partying with other seniors on a riverboat known as the “Bama Belle” before heading to the dance.