So you want to be a star

I told you I would write about something fun next, so here it goes! King’s students benefit from its amazing central London location in many ways from cultural events to easy access to world-leading companies. One particularly exciting media outlet is conveniently located in the Waterloo campus’ backyard: the iTV studio.

A few weeks ago I was eating lunch after lectures with friends from my course in the canteen at the Franklin-Wilkins Building when a couple of people walked up and asked if we’d do them a favor and come sit in as audience members on a talk show. Apparently, because of the snow (of which there was maybe an inch), two buses full of people cancelled. So we went off to watch the Alan Titchmarsh Show.

Because we had done them the huge favor of coming to watch a popular TV show live with guests including: Italian singer Andrea Bocelli, singer and former Boyzone member Ronan Keating, Great British Bake Off winner John Whaite, and Dancing on Ice Hosts Phillip Schofield and Christine Bleakley; they gave each of us priority tickets to any show that they put on.
A couple weeks later a few of us went to see The Voice UK recorded. Not only was it amazing to be in the front row close to celebrity judges will.i.am, Jessie J, Sir Tom Jones and The Script’s Danny O’Donoghue, but it was really interesting to see how shows like this are filmed. The number of cameras and lights is overwhelming and the amount of organization and coordination going on behind the scenes is fascinating. Not to mention the dynamics between the judges while the cameras are off… will.i.am texted the entire time and Danny O’Donoghue was loving the attention he was getting from the girls in the crowd! It was so fun to be a part of (they film the audience so look for me in the first episode of the ‘battle rounds’!) Unfortunately, they take your phone as you’re walking in so I don’t have any pictures! And, a lot of us still have our priority booking status so we can get into shows like Jonathan Ross or Graham Norton (US kids, think Leno or Conan).

You don’t need priority tickets to get in though. Have a few hours between classes at Waterloo? Or just a day off from lectures? Check out the iTV website and request tickets if there’s a show being recorded during that time. It’s a fun, FREE way to enjoy living in London and going to King’s.

As always, please feel free to comment, ask questions, and suggest topics for future blog posts!