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San Diego woman at Oprah farewell says best is yet to come

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - It was the opportunity of a lifetime for a San Diego woman who won tickets to the taping of one of Oprah's final shows.

The Carlsbad resident says she was blown away by the "Surprise Spectacular" show. Geena Gastelum is still giddy over her Oprah show experience, and says if you thought Monday's episode was good, Tuesday's will be even better.

Geena was part of TV history, and she has the pictures to prove it. She was one of 13,000 fans who scored two online tickets to Oprah's Surprise Spectacular show at the United Center in Chicago last week. With her mom in tow, she says they were instantly overwhelmed by the star-studded event that went into overdrive with tributes.

"I think everybody lost their voice by the end of the night. It was crazy. You had those little lights on your fingers, you're jumping around, you're singing along, you're crying," she said.

From Madonna and Diane Sawyer to a double dose of Toms, a string of Oprah's famous friends helped celebrate the queen of talk's 25 years of laughs tears and Aha! Moments.

"It was just an incredible experience, once in a lifetime. And I was able to share it with my mom," she said.

Perhaps the biggest shocker for Gina didn't make air. Beyonce's performance of "Run the World (Girls)" took two takes for the singer to complete.

"Her performance was great and then a few minutes later they said they were going to do it over again, which I didn't complain because she's really good. But I was actually reading this morning that she just didn't like the way her first performance went," Geena said.

And since Geena has the inside scoop on all the behind-the-scenes action, we couldn't help but ask for a little hint as to what viewers can expect to see Tuesday during part two.

"I don't want to give it away," she said. "You definitely have to have some Kleenex nearby."

Geena and her mother had such a great time, they actually missed their flight back to San Diego. They sat at the airport for nearly four hours before they finally made it.

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