When the show starts, the four hosts come out and immediately sit in their chairs. They don’t acknowledge the existence of the audience. The hosts of the show barely interact with the audience and it’s as if the audience is just another part of the cast. On television, it looks like they are talking to the audience and interacting, but the truth is they are reading from a teleprompter and making sure to look directly into the camera.
During the commercial breaks, the energy on the set completely changes. The production staff comes out and touches up make-up and the hosts barely even look at each other. Ladies and gentleman, it is definitely a SHOW!
When the hosts moved from their table to the stage, we were told that we could interact with them at this point. The interaction was minimal. They quickly brushed up on their lines and got their hair fluffed.
The hosts looked tired for the taping that we went to. I assumed they were on their 2nd or 3rd taping for the day. Tamera Mowry gave us a few smiles and appeared to be the most appreciative of fans in the audience. Jeannie Mai was just as energetice in real life as she comes across on television. Adrienne Bailon looked like she was done for the day but she eeked out a smile and wave for the audience. Loni Love did all that she could do to avoid eye contact with the audience. It was as if she was annoyed by our presence. Loni did not look our way, let alone smile or show any kind of gratitude for our 4 hour adventure to come see her show.
At the end of the show, the producers gave Loni the microphone to address the crowd. She literally refused to address us and handed the mic over to Jeannie. Jeannie was bubbly and sweet and seemed to understand the importance of acknowledging the audience who are also fans of the show. Tamera waited back to take a picture with a fan, which I thought was really sweet of her.
The biggest shock of the day was Ms. Loni Love. I thought she would be the most down to Earth one out of all of them. That’s the way they play up her role on the show. She is quite the actress, cause Ms. Love appeared to be a diva to me.
Overall, it was a fun experience and I would recommend giving it a shot. Just know that you will be required to do a lot of waiting and don’t expect to feel like a part of the show. It’s a show, and you are just there to watch.
Dennis Huffington is a bestselling author, blogger, and media personality.