Thomas and Harald about the Bieber visit:
– I have displaced this day for six years. It’s the dumbest day of my life, says Thomas Numme (51) at the beginning of the podcast episode.
The capital was upside down this October day in 2015 when perhaps the world’s greatest artist was to visit.
Not only was Justin Bieber to play a concert for a lucky few in Chateau Neuf – he was also to do a carefully planned interview with the “Late Night” duo Thomas Numme and Harald Rønneberg.
That’s not how it went.
Harald Rønneberg (48) wrote a detailed diary that day, and it is based on this that he and Thomas Numme, together with producer Christina Eriksen Fagernes, give us an insight into the chaos that prevailed before the Bieber interview was to be done.
– Early in the morning we received a phone call that Justin was ill, that there was a possible start to the flu. Then came reports throughout the day that he was in a bad mood. We had to go through the interview with the record company again, and iron out a whole lot, says producer Fagernes in the podcast.
Skated with Bieber in the hallway
After much back and forth, the Senkveld device finally gets the message that Bieber does not want to do the interview at all. He can perform a few songs and meet the fans, but not talk, is the message they get, according to the podcast.
– We do not accept to have him in the studio without talking to him. We are in the talk show industry, not in the meet and greet industry, says Rønneberg in the podcast episode.
The presenters then enter the skate episode in the corridor.
– We try to find Bieber, and meet him in the hallway where he drives and skates. “Can’t you lie down here so I can skip you?” He asks. I think I’m a grown man of 45, I have a suit on, but then it was an afterthought that he had had a bad day and that we have to do what we can to keep the good mood, Numme explains.
After the skate sequence, the dialogue with the management continues. Then it turns out that Bieber has a special wish:
«He wants to take over the show.»
Will not sit in the stands
It did not go down well with the presenters, according to Numme and Rønneberg.
– We have invited the artist to us, but then he wants a home-alone party. After running a talk show for 10-15 years, that’s the limit. We have to talk to the guy. What is this here for something. We had a beautiful program that he could come out of so well. I did not want to sit in the stands in my own TV program, says Numme in the podcast.
But that’s how it turned out. Producer Fagernes goes on to say:
– The agreement is that they will talk together a little first. Talk about skating earlier in the day. He will sing two songs, and then try to take over the talk show studio eventually. There was nothing left of the interview and the features we were supposed to have. It was ribbed. Everything was written about at least twenty-five times, and Thomas and Harald just had to improvise, says Fagernes.
With that, it was ready to get Bieber into the studio, and the rest is history.
Rønneberg tells in the podcast what it was like to finally be able to go in to do the job.
– Now we have to make the best of it, so we reach the finish line. We go in and receive a warm welcome from our audience – who probably felt that they were involved in something extra special, Rønneberg remembers.