HUNDREDS of excited girls queued from the early hours of Thursday morning to get a glimpse of teenage heartthrob Reece Mastin.
The pop sensation, who won X Factor Australia in 2011, was signing merchandise before his sell out show at the Capital Theatre last night as part of his new Restless tour.
Sisters Becca, 15, and Rachel, Smith, 13, were the first in line to meet the singer, and bought more merchandise so they could go round and meet the star again.
“I am his biggest fan,” said Becca.
“I have seen him before heaps. I don’t even know how many times. We are doing all four shows. He remembered my name. I love everything about him,” she said.
Meeting Reece Mastin was a dream come true for Kira Matthews, from Epsom.
The 17-year-old has terminal cancer and has been given six months to live.
“This was her wish,” said her mother Lisa Matthews.
“In July she had radiation therapy and chemotherapy and it has not worked and before Christmas the surgeons said they couldn’t do anything and they have given her six months.
“It is hard but she loves him. I’m a fan as well.”
Nicole Bridger, 19, who is also terminally ill, was there with her grandmother June Parker to meet the star.
“Reece is her favourite, she has followed him since he was young; it has been amazing,” said Mrs Parker.
“She loves him.”
Nicole said she was excited to meet him.
“He’s young and he has good music,” she said.
Rosemary Wild, 11, was nearly in tears after meeting her star.
“It was amazing,” she said.
“Mum didn’t have enough money for the concert but I got to come here and he signed my shirt. We came at 8.30am and we spent the day waiting but it was worth it.”
Teenagers queue at Capital Theatre to meet X Factor idol
Mastin said he was getting used to having lots of fans waiting to meet him.
“It is always fun when it is a bit mental, it is more exciting,” he said.
I haven’t been to Bendigo before, but after looking at the fans I might be coming back
“I was never the popular kid growing up so it is a big change.
"Most kids my age are going out and getting their first job and I get to do this.”
He said it was “cool” to see how dedicated the fans are.
“There are a couple I know by name, not just from Twitter but they come to every show. It is flattering.
“I haven’t been to Bendigo before, I have just driven through but after looking at the fans I might be coming back.”
Capital Theatre box office manager Jacoba Kelly said it was a full house.
“When the tickets went on sale, we sold 160 tickets in the first nine minutes which is pretty big for Bendigo.”