Valeria Viteri: Meet the winner of Metro’s ‘I Beliebe in Love’ contest

pv_panel

Fans from all over the world entered Metro’s two-week “I Beliebe in Love” contest for a chance to meet Justin Bieber. But it was 15-year-old Valeria Viteri, from Peru, who captured our Global Jury’s attention (check out the festive balloons and candlelight dinner in her entry as well as those pink libations) and the most votes (an impressive 9,022!). Viteri, pictured here, will have a once-in-a-lifetime VIP experience during Bieber’s “Believe” tour in Europe and will even get to meet the pop star.

Valeria is happier than ever since she received a call from Publimetro Lima, announcing that she had won our I beliebe in love contest. She couldn’t stop screaming in her Justin-Bieber-photo filled room.

Metro: You will really meet Justin Bieber. How do you feel about it?

Viteri: I am extremely excited and still cannot believe it’s true. It means so much to me, to meet him and tell him how much I love him. I hope I don’t get starstruck and freeze when I see him, as has happened to other fans. I am very excited but and nervous at the same time.

How have you prepared yourself for this?

The day of the deadline I came running home from school, checked the Facebook page and there it was: I was the winner! I am so happy and want to thank all of my friends who supported me with their votes.

Tell me about the picture you sent and the scene you created. How did you come up with it?

I browsed some internet pages with my friends, looking for ideas. At first I wanted to do it in a park, but couldn’t find an ideal location. Then I realized none of the pictures that had been uploaded for the competition had balloons in them. So I decided to have the picture taken in my room, surrounded by balloons with ribbons and photos hanging from them. I put a blue candle on the table and another pink one, and served chocolate, ice-cream, cake, etc.

If this were an actual romantic date with him, how do you think it would be?

Any place would be perfect as long as I could speak with him. A friend of mine who lives in the U.S. met him, and she tells me he is a very nice and friendly person. I love him just as he is, because he’s my idol.

What is your opinion on Selena Gomez? How did you feel when she and Justin broke up?

I liked the news at first, I mean I think she sings nice but I’m not really her fan. When they broke up it made me really sad to see how sad he was. I am happy if he is happy, regardless of whom he is with.

Would you make a better girlfriend for him?

I don’t know. I think he should be with someone who belongs to his world, who gets him and makes him happy.

Why did you compete?

I entered the competiton because I was in Lima getting my national I.D. and Diana Silva, my Uruguayan friend told me about it. I ran to read the printed copy of Publimetro and started working on my picture. Meeting him is my dream.

Well, you’re finally the winner. Have you told your friends and family already?

They are all so happy and cannot believe it. My friends are happy for me because they know how much I want this. They wish they were in my place (laughs). I myself cannot believe it yet. My mom and Dad have always been so supportive of me.

Did you go to his concert in Lima in September 2011?

I went, but my Dad could only buy tickets for seats way back. I saw him from far away and he looked tiny, but that didn’t matter to me, I saw him anyway! When he started singing tears fell from my eyes out of excitement.

Which is your favorite song?

I have a favourite song in every album, but if I had to choose one it would definitely be “As long as you love me”.

If you could give Justin some advice on relationships, what would that be?
To follow his heart and pursue his happiness.

Do you like Publimetro?

I see every day it when I am in Lima, and my Dad always brings it home.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Mayor announces public housing improvements

Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke at the Lincoln Houses in East Harlem on Wednesday, calling for the scaffolding to come down at NYCHA complexes across…

National

Peter Theo Curtis: American released by Syrian militants…

An American writer freed this week from two years in the captivity of insurgents in Syria spoke briefly outside his family's Cambridge home Wednesday of…

Local

Bratton defends 'broken windows' work as NYPD support…

Sixty percent of those polled said they support the "broken windows" theory approach popularized by Commissioner Bratton since his first term in the 1990s.

Local

Transit changes for Labor Day weekend

The MTA is adding additional service Friday for New Yorkers getting out of the city for the long weekend. On Friday, Aug. 29, 27 additional…

Going Out

Things to do this week in NYC, Aug.…

MUSIC The Electric Zoo Festival Aug. 29-31, 1 p.m. Randall’s Island Park $99-$369, www.electriczoofestival.com The electronic music celebration returns for a fifth year, with 150,000 attendees…

Going Out

5 things to do this weekend in NYC

The Electric Zoo Festival Aug. 29-31, 1 p.m. Randall’s Island Park $99-$369, www.electriczoofestival.com The electronic music celebration returns for a fifth year, with 150,000 attendees expected. David Guetta,…

Television

'Full House' might be relaunched with some of…

A new "Full House" might be in the works.

Movies

Review: 'The Congress' is a crazy, unwieldy sci-fi…

Robin Wright is the center of gravity in "The Congress," which turns from a live-action Hollywood satire into an animated spectacular on a downer future.

NFL

Mario Manningham on the bubble as Giants play…

Former Super Bowl hero Mario Manningham hopes his second go-around with Big Blue doesn’t end with Saturday’s final cut day.

NFL

Source: Stephen Hill 'faces a battle' to make…

A team source says Stephen Hill, who has battled injuries and poor performances during his first two years, is no lock to make the Jets’ final roster.

Sports

Serena Williams leaving legacy of talented American women…

It seems only a matter of when, not if, Serena Williams will win her 18th career grand slam championship.

College

When are 2014 college football playoffs? (Schedule, date,…

When and where are 2014 college football playoffs? A look at the schedule, date, TV, time for the semi-finals at championship game.

Wellbeing

Heart trumps brain when it comes to movies…

When you need a good cry, do you reach for the movie that’s “based on a true story”? Science says you’re giving your brain far…

Sex

The 10 types of people you meet online

Does it ever seem like online dating profiles tend to get a little repetitive? It turns out you are not the only one to have…

Home

Labor Day essentials

Whether you’re soaking up the sun on the beach or barbecuing in the park here are some must-haves for your end-of-summer bash.

Education

Does the school day start too early?

As thousands of high schoolers get ready to head back to class, health experts say it may be time to push back the start of…