Shakira was on the show today. Whenever Shakira comes on the show, craziness follows - and today was no exception. The show started off without a hitch...and then the rain came...
Once again, the control room was buzzing. Things had to change on the fly, in a matter of seconds...the energy level was higher than it had been all week. Basically, Shakira's interview started inside the Beach House, which was definitely a bummer for all of her fans that had traveled from who-knows-where to see her. The second part of her interview was done on the front porch, so the entire audience was able to see her. It was one of the coolest shots I've ever seen on TRL...Shakira and Damien standing in front of a huge, massive audience filled with screaming fans standing in the rain. Sometimes, the best TRL shows happen when things don't exactly go according to plan. The unexpected moments are what makes the show succeed, and today was no exception.
After the show, I managed to catch Shakira leaving with a police escort. Even during the short distance from the Beach House to her car, a mob of at least 60 people followed her, chanting her name and screaming from a distance. Shakira smiled at everyone, said hello to people, shook hands...so NOT the diva that other celebrities can sometimes be.
John Schultz, TRL Senior Production Assistant
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