I clearly remember the voice of the man who ushered me towards my seat. I had just walked into Fox studios for The Voice Blind Auditions 2018 and I was not prepared to be put right in the public eye.
How Was I To Know
When you get free tickets to a concert, movie, theatre production etc. You never really expect that the seats you have been provided are usually any good. How was I to know that this time would be the complete opposite? I was not prepared to be sitting in the front row of The Voice Blind Auditions or for what I was going to have to do during the show. There is a lot more to being an audience member than one may think, clapping and screaming for a couple hours straight is actually a hard job. It hadn’t really hit me until I heard the words “You four… Front row please”, that I was going to be a part of a large media audience where it was inevitable… My face was going broadcast across Australia.
A Deer in Headlights
You never really know what happens behind the scenes and in between the ad breaks when you are an audience member from the comfort of your own couch. I had the unique luxury of being in a ‘live’ audience, but I was incredibly lost. I was definitely underdressed and too close to the camera for comfort. I remember hearing “If you are in the front row, you WILL without a doubt be on television”. Not that this was necessarily a problem, I always loved the stage, bright lights and camera but that night I was a deer in headlights. I had no clue what to expect or if it was going to be enjoyable in the slightest and was shocked to be in the position I was.
I Cannot Lie
I cannot and will not lie to you. It was one of the most memorable nights of my life. The night was so special and it was all thanks to the people producing the show and making it all run smooth. I could say so much more about the performances and how down to earth the judges were but as The Voice is yet to air, I can’t leave behind any spoilers. One last note I will make if you ever have the chance to be in a live audience for a tv show, whether it be reality tv, sitcoms or talent quests like The Voice, I one-hundred percent recommend going. It’s not just entertainment, it is an experience which is far better than sitting on your couch at home.
“Hysteria is only possible with an Audience” – Chuck Palahniuk
2 thoughts on “Front Row please…”
I love the insight onto something that isn’t a normalised activity for most people. I wasn’t aware of how it feels to be in such an intense position, I probably would’ve just smiled awkwardly and left.. :~)
I like that you’ve given us an insight into a part of TV audiences that we as the general public usually don’t have. With all the rumours that constantly surround these kinds of shows in regards to how much of it is actually real, even a little bit of insight is valuable. I found this article (https://tvtonight.com.au/2014/04/the-voice-audience-complaint-over-marathon-recordings.html) while reading some other things and I’d really like to hear your opinion and if you think this was exaggerated and compare it to your own experience. Obviously because the show hasn’t aired yet you can’t give anything away, but I’d really like to read a follow up post, comparing what was shown on TV and what you saw.
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