And yet when the simulation got going, the kids really came through. They spoke of it afterwards as though something hit them in the moment and it suddenly seemed to completely genuine. I remember being shocked at just how invested everyone became at the last minute.
Will that happen again this year? Will we be able to recapture the magic? Who knows. We likely won't find out until the show gets rolling in April. In the meantime, the best we can do is remind the kids that, if all goes well, they're going to be surprised.