OFFSTAGE: Hunter Hayes Makes Ellen Crowd Feel “Wanted”

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It’s one thing to get the chance to watch Hunter Hayes play piano and sing his hit song “Wanted” about 30 feet from you. But to have him get up from the piano and walk right up to you? Amazing. So I was so thrilled for the front-row audience when he did just that on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Monday (Oct. 22).

After the bridge in the song, Hayes took his microphone and walked right up to the young women sitting in the first row and sang the chorus. He literally made them feel wanted. I, of course, couldn’t take my eyes off his lyric-covered grand piano. Does anyone know if they painted it with chalkboard paint before writing the song’s words all over it? Looks like a Pinterest project to me.

By the way, Hayes recently admitted that he never really wanted much Halloween candy because didn’t have much of a sweet tooth as a kid. “I did dress up quite a bit when I was a kid for Halloween,” he said. “I wasn’t really a candy kid. I’m just weird like that.”

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.