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Tom Welling at the CW Upfronts 2010 - I worship at the television altar
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Tom Welling at the CW Upfronts 2010


Like all the other crazy devoted fangirls out there, every time I saw a new pic of Tom Welling at the CW Upfronts, I right-clicked and saved. After weeding out duplicates and the fuzziest of the fan pics, I ended up with nearly 250 images. Tom was very generous with his time and his willingness to smile for the cameras! That's a lot of pretty, and I thought it would be fun to put together a picspam to share my favorites, just like I did after Comic-Con last summer. I was utterly ruthless, and managed to cut the collection down to my top 80. :)

I've done my best to give proper credit for these. The file name of each pic includes the name of the source for it (to the best of my knowledge), but please let me know if you think I've credited anything incorrectly. There are a few pics whose source remains a mystery to me. Most of you have probably seen all of these, but maybe you'll find one or two that are new to you. Click on any pic with an asterisk ( * ) next to it for BIGGER.

Special thanks to rkc_erika for all the hi res pics, I can't even believe how many of those she found and shared! Thanks also to Rachel Scroggins, Accidental Sexiness, Contact Music, Corbis Images, The CW, Getty Images, Gossip Girl Show, Have U Heard, INF Photo, Just Jared, Mistaya from Tom Welling Unlimited, Bilal_Mian and CutyLinda85 on Twitter, andibeth82 and ArtistApproach on Flickr, mrblaise on Tumblr, and byrka62!

This first set is from the Jerry Weintraub book signing and cocktail party at Barneys in Beverly Hills on May 18, 2010, where Tom first announced that S10 would be Smallville's last:

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Tom arriving at the CW Upfronts at Madison Square Garden in NYC on May 20, 2010:

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Tom posing for photographers and being interviewed on the green carpet:

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Tom going inside for the presentation, promising fans he'll come back after:

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Tom onstage, officially announcing Smallville's final season, and the show's upcoming reunion with Supernatural on Friday nights:

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Candid shots of Tom before and after the presentation:

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Tom at the CW After Party:

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And finally, some kind words for Tom from a guy who helped out at the event:

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theclexfactor From: theclexfactor Date: June 3rd, 2010 02:05 am (UTC) (Link)
Apparently it IS possible for me to love this man more. Why so awesome, Tom?
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: June 3rd, 2010 02:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
So many people in his position would let the fame and success go to their head, but he remains down-to-earth, generous, and kind. What a guy!
jude_judith82 From: jude_judith82 Date: June 3rd, 2010 02:20 am (UTC) (Link)
Woman never stop posting these. :-D
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: June 3rd, 2010 02:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad you like them! I was overwhelmed by all the pretty from the Upfronts, it was wonderful!
tasabian From: tasabian Date: June 3rd, 2010 02:24 am (UTC) (Link)
So many beautiful Tommies...I especially love him in the sunlight. His natural beauty is just radiant with the sun shining on him!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: June 3rd, 2010 03:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
He looks amazing in the sunlight, so gorgeous! And he really doesn't take a bad picture. I had such a hard time picking my favorites, because he looked so good in every one!
homicidalfink From: homicidalfink Date: June 3rd, 2010 02:49 am (UTC) (Link)
"Fans" (and I use that term loosely) booed him and he still went back. Tom, you are a Class Act.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: June 3rd, 2010 03:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
It blows me away that people booed him. He was incredibly generous with his time throughout the event, with the photographers, the interviewers, and, when his work was finished, the fans. And he never stopped smiling!
jeannev From: jeannev Date: June 3rd, 2010 03:13 am (UTC) (Link)
You're awesome! I know I was supposed to do this for JTW, and I've been so moody and distracted lately, I never got around to it.

I'm glad you did.

Oh, and Tommy? You are so beautiful.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: June 3rd, 2010 03:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm sorry to hear you haven't been feeling that great. *hugs* I've been dealing with a bit of that myself, and haven't been around here much lately.

I knew from the start that I would do a post like this, but what a project it turned out to be! It took me DAYS to organize, label, select, and code everything. I think I literally saved every pic I saw, even if I thought I had seen it before. What if it was a slightly different pose, or bigger than the one I already had? LOL! I had five copies of some pics, all in different sizes. Doing the picspam forced me to put everything in order, and that was a good thing. :)

What I loved about this event was the way it allowed Tom to shine. In interviews, onstage, and with the fans, he charmed and impressed everyone.
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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: June 3rd, 2010 03:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
He looks glorious in the sunlight! What a beautiful man.

I especially like that one of him with his arm outstretched. I love the way he talks with his hands, so expressive! I wish we had a transcript of his remarks.
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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: June 3rd, 2010 03:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
This event gave us so many pretty pics! It was a feast for the starving. ;)

I'm always happy to share the squee. :) And making this entry forced me to organize everything, which I desperately needed to do.

You really never hear a bad word about Tom, except from disgruntled paparazzi and autograph hounds who are thwarted from invading his privacy. He is an amazing man, and every story someone shares makes me fangirl him more.
jlvsclrk From: jlvsclrk Date: June 3rd, 2010 07:02 am (UTC) (Link)
Wow X 80! Thanks so much for assembling all these.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: June 3rd, 2010 03:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
You know it was a labor of love. :) I'm glad you enjoyed the pics!
duskwillow From: duskwillow Date: June 3rd, 2010 08:49 am (UTC) (Link)
Hot damn, how so stunning and awesome, Welling? ♥♥♥
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: June 3rd, 2010 03:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
He really does have it all, doesn't he? Talent, stunning beauty, intelligence, business savvy, a great sense of humor, and an unbelievable generosity of spirit. No wonder we love him! ;)
christina_kat From: christina_kat Date: June 3rd, 2010 01:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for this gorgeous picspam. I haven't seen the 7th to last! So beautiful. Thanks for the tweet, too. I never believed I could love him more.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: June 3rd, 2010 02:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
If you haven't seen that one, maybe you missed these as well? :) Click for full size.

dawnybee From: dawnybee Date: June 3rd, 2010 04:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'd never seen the one with him looking at the camera. You know he's thing, "Whoa, I am one sexy bastard."

Thanks for all the pictures.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: June 3rd, 2010 08:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Okay, I'm not sure if you're joking, because he's actually looking at the camera in a lot of these, but do you mean this one?



Because I had the same thought when I first saw it. :) And I don't even know where I got that one. It's weird, because it's BIG, but it's not really hi res. I wonder if it's a candid taken on the green carpet, maybe by one of the interviewers?

Hey, I'm thrilled if I can share even one pic that you haven't already seen. You're the queen of awesome pics, and I can't ever thank you enough for them!
starry_dawn From: starry_dawn Date: June 3rd, 2010 04:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for taking the time to put this together! You really are the biggest Tommy fan around. ♥

And I must be hanging out at ONTD too much these days, because the first thing that popped into my head when I scrolled through the pictures was "FLAWLESS BITCH". ;)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: June 3rd, 2010 08:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm taking that as a compliment. :)

I don't dare go to ONTD, that place is a huge time suck! I always read the Smallville posts when they pop up in my Google Alerts, though, the comments are hilarious.
chris_43 From: chris_43 Date: June 3rd, 2010 05:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
What a stunning man! He continues to take my beath away.*sigh* Thanks so much for all your time in sharing these treasured pics with us. *hugs* There are several I haven't seen and I made a signature combo out of one of them already! :D
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: June 3rd, 2010 08:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
He is beyond gorgeous. I still can't quite believe how many new pics came out of this event! Tommy fans aren't used to this kind of bounty! :) And I'm thrilled to be able to share them, especially any that are new to you.

Are you Chris from TWU? I lurk over there, I haven't worked up the nerve to join in yet. Erica lets me steal her icons to use here, though. :) Your art is beautiful!
tjw_jaypat From: tjw_jaypat Date: June 3rd, 2010 06:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for this great pic collection! I can relate because I did the same thing: save everything at first and then sort out the masses of pics later. Tom, why do you make me do such silly things!? :))

I wonder what my baby did with his lower lip. He must have hurt himself somehow. Hope it´s all gone soon before we get the next UHQs. No flaw must mar this outstanding face! Tommy, please protect your assets better! :))

Now I am putting my undying love aside to switch on the rational part of my brain. If I do so, I can´t really join the praise about the time spent with fans. Given the fact that Tom is totally unavailable to the public throughout the entire year, that time spent with the fans was a long overdue duty, IMO. See, I am so brutal, he´s never gonna marry me! lol
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: June 3rd, 2010 09:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
I ended up with LOTS of duplicates, but at least I know I have the biggest, best version of each pic I possibly could. :) And I did a much better job than I ever have before of keeping track of where I found everything, although a few slipped through the cracks.

You know, although of course I wish Tom were more accessible, and I sometimes get frustrated with his shy ways, I honestly don't think he owes us anything more than his performance in Smallville. And after seeing for myself how crazy the fans can get, with all that yelling and screaming and grabby hands, I give him a lot of credit for being there at all, much less keeping his cool and charming everyone! :)
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From: (Anonymous) Date: June 3rd, 2010 09:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow, these are such wonderful pictures. So many that I hadn't seen before. Thank you for taking the time to put these up for everyone to enjoy.

I really love the close candids. Tom is always so drop dead gorgeous on Smallville. But I love seeing him away from all the stage make-up and the lighting. With his stubble and the close-ups on his beautiful face, he looks more human. A stunningly gorgeous human, but human. It's just nice to be reminded that he's a real person. It makes him even more attractive to me. I find myself fascinated by the nuances of his skin and hair. He just looks extremely masculine in those pictures out in the sunlight.

I know that it's important to wear heavy make-up on television so that you can look appropriate under the stage lights and on camera but gah....I just love Tom Welling when he's so natural. Strangely, I remember thinking the same thing after Comic Con last summer specifically about Tom and Erica Durance. She looked so stunning just sitting there with barely any makeup on that I longed to see her more bare faced on TV.

Thanks again for the pics.

MJ
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: June 4th, 2010 01:21 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad you enjoyed the pics, and especially that I was able to share some that were new to you! I love those close candids, too. He really is stunningly beautiful, and he needs no enhancement whatsoever to look his best. Sunlight can be very unforgiving, but it only serves to illuminate Tom's many assets! :)

I know what you mean about him looking more "real" in these candid photos. They make me feel like I was right there with him, almost like I could reach out and touch him.

Personally, I think they put too much makeup on Erica for the show. I mean, she's absolutely gorgeous, but sometimes I wish they would let more of her natural beauty shine through. Like they did in the scene at the farm at the end of Rabid. *points to icon*
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