Thursday, April 30, 2009

Trafalgar Square Adeventure or GIANT KARAOKE

So T-Mobile is, by all accounts, not the best of the mobile phone service choices. That being said, they have the freaking awesomest ads ever! Check out this one that they did in Liverpool Street Station: They didn't close the station, so there were a number of bewildered commuters. I'm totally bummed I didn't get to see it, because HOW COOL?

So when Jo told me this morning that they were filming the next one in Trafalgar Square today I was like "We're GOing!!" And so we did.

This time there were hundreds, if not thousands, of people there and instead of dancing it was giant, Trafalgar Square style Karaoke. The crowd jumped up and down whenever the cameras on these giant, impressively mobile booms swung over us and on the giant screen they had the words and shots from the crowd.

We sang Hey Jude, Build me up buttercup, Total Eclipse of the Heart, and Summer Lovin' before Pink showed up. She ended up standing on a short platform about 10 yards away and we didn't notice at first. We were just like "why are we suddenly being shoved by SO MANY PEOPLE?" And then we figured out she was there. She was lovely the whole time: performed well, put her arm around a couple of the people who shoved their way on to her platform, and was even good natured when someone threw a phone at her (aren't Londoners nice?)

Then we all sang Hey Jude again and this was clearly the one they were actually filming because we sang the na na na na's for (and this is not an exaggeration) 15 minutes. By the end I was singing into my microphone (most likely fake, because that many cordless mics? No way.) "No no no no, no no no nooo, I'm bored now, let's stop"

If you get featured in the Ad you get 500GBP, but Jo and I have a very slim chance of that happening. The two little girls in red jumpers sitting on their parents' shoulders? They're totally gonna be in it- the flexible boom cameras circled them for a good 30 seconds at one point.


nortonmiddaugh said...

How much fun is THAT? I guess London has some advantages. . .

Anonymous said...

How will they contact you IF you're chosen to be in the ad and receive the 500?

Anonymous said...

How will they contact the chosen people for the ad and pay them??

Casitareina said...

If you wanted to be included in the £500 scheme then you filled out a specific release form with your contact details and a giant number on the top. Then they took a digital photo of you with the form with the GIANT number. So I suppose then the difficulty is plowing through all of the photos to find the people that they chose to high light.