Lights, camera, action: watching a talk-show taping in Stockholm

April 12, 2013

in Art, architecture, music, film & books,Stockholm

skavlan taping

Getting told what would happen during the taping and how we were to behave. Unfortunately, we were not allowed to take photos during the show.

Thanks to my friend Carmen, I got to attend the taping of the talk show Skavlan yesterday. Guests included chef Jamie Oliver, Swedish pop star Håkan Hellström and Norwegian singer Maria Mena. Also on the show was American Damien Echols, one of the West Memphis Three, who spent 18 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit. Damien was on the show with his wife Lorri who he met and married while in prison.

The guest mix was interesting to say the least. Add to that the host Fredrik Skavlan is Norwegian and the guests were from Sweden, Norway, England and the US, and you really get a unique combination.

After being let onto the set for the show, we were all squeezed into our seats and then given light-hearted instructions on how to behave, including how and when to clap. It was the last show of the season, so the atmosphere was energetic. Håkan was first and seemed to be a fairly understated and easy-going guy. Jamie was next and I have to say that I liked him a lot more than I thought I would. He interacted with everyone and got a lot of laughs as he described his life and also his latest book.

Maria sang her latest hit song, titled F*** You.  It was written as an angry response to a fan’s comments about her weight, so this song had some big attitude. And then there was the interview with Damian, which was thought provoking, poignant and disturbing all at once. The show ended on an upbeat note with Håkan singing a song from his new album “Det kommer aldrig va över för mig” (It will never be over for me).

The Skavlan show will be aired tonight at 9, so check it out if you are in Stockholm. And look out for me: I am sitting in the front row!

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