Updated with photos: UT students get all Beyonce’d up for ‘Ellen’ TV crew

Ellen DeGeneres (Chris Pizzello/Associated Press)
Ellen DeGeneres (Chris Pizzello/Associated Press)

Updated: Mix the promise of free stuff with the possibility of being on TV and you get …. Yeah, we know what you get.

You get this scene at UT, where staffers from Ellen Degeneres’ show were on hand to give out tickets to the Grammy Awards to students who donned the best Beyonce outfit.




Updated: The Texas Exes Facebook page is live right now with a video showcasing some of the best Beyonce costumes UT students could come up with. Ellen Degeneres’ crew is scheduled to be at the Main Mall at 3:30.

Posted earlier: Ellen Degeneres says that if you dress up like Beyonce and head to the University of Texas campus, she just might help you get to the Grammy Awards. She tweeted this at 1:10 p.m. Central:






A crew from her show did a similar giveaway stunt last week at Georgia Tech, where they handed out Super Bowl tickets.

It didn’t take long for the UT stunt to have its desired effect.

Posted earlier: If you’re anywhere near the University of Texas campus Tuesday, keep your eyes peeled for a crew from “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”

The lovable host tweeted out a teaser of sorts Monday afternoon, indicating a visit was in the works.

The news comes a week after the show stopped by the Georgia Tech campus, handing out Super Bowl tickets.

DeGeneres wasn’t there in person, but she did make an appearance via satellite, according to news reports.

Expect DeGeneres to tweet out more details later tonight or on Tuesday. For the Georgia Tech visit, students only got an hour’s notice.

“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” airs weekdays at 4 p.m. on KVUE.

Ellen DeGeneres’ new dating show looking for Austin singles

Ellen DeGeneres (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Ellen DeGeneres (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

A new dating show executive produced by Ellen DeGeneres is scouring Austin and other Texas cities in search of sexy singles.

The show, “First Dates,” has been picked up by NBC. A premiere date hasn’t been announced just yet.

If you’re single and ready to mingle, head to firstdatescasting.popular.productions to answer a few questions.

The fine print: Contestants must be legal U.S. citizens and can’t have any felony convictions, among other restrictions. Candidates running for office won’t be considered, either.

Producers will review the responses they receive and determine who appears on the first season of “First Dates,” which will feature eight episodes. If it does well in the Nielsen ratings – and with DeGeneres involved that’s pretty much a given – expect it to be back for a second season.

Good luck, guys and gals.