The Test Audience Experience (Multimedia)

The Rosie Show Test Show

Today, Adam and I attended a test taping of The Rosie Show. As you may know, The Rosie Show has moved into Harpo Studios, and the show will begin airing next month on OWN.

I’d never attended any sort of big scale show like this, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I freaked out about my outfit. They asked for bright colors and warned us that the studio would be cold, so to wear long sleeves. Well, guess what? All of my bright colors are summer clothes, thus short-sleeved or sleeveless. All of my long-sleeved clothes were pretty dark. I wore a boring grey tee-shirt and skinny jeans.

When we got to the studio, we stood in a big line. Someone came down the line asking people for funny stories about meeting celebrities. I told them about how I met Mario Lopez when I was 17 and wanted to stick my finger in his dimple.

When we got inside, Adam gave them our name, and we had to show them our IDs. Once we were checked in, they handed us a blue card and a green card to fill out. We were then moved into a room where they searched my purse and had us walk through medal detectors. Then it was time for a potty break. Harpo Studios has one men’s room and two women’s rooms. Smart. There were still lines.

We headed upstairs to the holding area, where they passed out bottled waters, pens to fill out the cards, and cupcakes from Sugar Bliss. They were cute and yummy.

The Rosie Show Test Show

The green card had information that could probably be used in a show as filler. The blue cards had a number on them and asked for some basic contact information. After we snacked and turned in our green card, it was time to head into the studio. They called a bunch of people by name, and then the rest of us by the number on the blue cards, which they collected as we filed into the studio. They were NOT kidding when they said the studio would be cold. IT WAS FREEZING. And naturally, my bladder began sending signals as soon as I got settled. Typical.

Someone came out to warm up the audience, and I was really amazed at how warm and responsive the crew seemed to be. We were introduced to the house band. The leader is the person who wrote “Dick In A Box” for Saturday night live. How cool is that? Then, Rosie ran across the stage and yelled “You can’t see me!” and everyone screamed. She looks fantastic. She opened the show with a monologue that was very funny. Then she introduced the guests: Randy Jackson, Noland Gould (who plays Luke on Modern Family), and Crystal Bowersox.

It was fun watching the guests. It was really cool when Randy Jackson talked about his new eyeglasses line, and then announced that all of the audience members were going to get a free pair! Wooo! Crystal sounded amazing, and Nolan was hilarious and super cute.

At the end of the taping, Rosie stood on stage and allowed people to take photos of her. If there were children in the audience (she allows kids–how cool is that?), she let them actually come on stage. She was really great with the audience, making personal connections and letting people ask her questions in between segments.

The Rosie Show Test Show

I snuck and took this tiny video of her thanking us for being there:

We got to watch them tape a short segment for Access Hollywood, then we were led out. We were then given gift bags (which consisted of a The Rosie Show tee-shirt, a small bag of Garrett’s popcorn, a bag of PopChips, and a Vosges peppermint candy cane bar). We were given a coupon for a free frosting shot from Sugar Bliss, and a postcard to mail in for the free Randy Jackson sunglasses. We’re also going to get tickets for a real taping that’ll take place in October or November!

I’m looking forward to it. I also know not to drink a thing and to layer like a mofo. It’s really, truly freezing in those studios. And I apologize for camera quality–I didn’t want to take any chances of having my Canon T3 confiscated.

Thanks for reading! :)

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12 thoughts on “The Test Audience Experience (Multimedia)

  1. Jen says:

    Awesome experience! I would've been so excited to be there!

    Do you have several styles to choose from from the Randy Jackson line? Or do they give you a generic pair of sunglasses?

    Have you ever seen the Oprah show live?

  2. Ronni says:


    I think we get a generic pair. The postcard is just like "SEND THIS IN BY OCTOBER 21, 2011 FOR SOME FRAMES!"

    I never got the chance to see Oprah live. I would have loved it, especially if I ended up on a Favorite Things episode!

    I would have been more excited except I had to get up so early this morning! But it was worth it. I'd do it again, with more sweaters.

  3. Sweaty says:

    Thanks for the follow earlier, and am now following you back! :)

    Wow, that was so cool! I never attended any of those shows before, but would love to some day. It's interesting to know that there were so many people working behind the scenes, managing the show so that it ran smoothly, besides Rosie herself. It just seemed like a one-woman show when you watched it on TV.

    Anyhoo, that cupcake looked positively sinful! (LOVED that, of course ;) And I read that you're a Disney freak? Well, I'm not to that level yet, but am quite taken by Disney too :) My dream when I was younger was to work in Disneyworld. It's such a happy place, where you can forget all your troubles and sadness, even if it's just for a day.

  4. Mary Bearden says:

    Stopping by from the blog hop and now a new follower of your blog thru GFC and sent a friend request on Facebook. I am also following thru RSS Reader. The cupcake looks really good. I am a sucker for a good cake or cupcakes in this case! Welcome to blogging and just keep hitting the blog hops and you will be amazed at how fast your blog will grow. I just started myself back in February or so and I really did not do the blog hops on a regular basis and still managed to get good results. I would love a follow back on all three when you get a chance. Have a lovely day!

    Mary @

  5. Debs Dealz says:

    I am your newest follow via GFC from the Thirsty Thursday Hop! Love your site! Please visit back when you can. If you are on Facebook, you can also like me while you are there!

    I also host a TGIF hop, details are listed on my blog, please link up now!

    If you do button exchanges please let me know!

    Thanks, Debs Dealz
    September 15, 2011 8:48 AM

  6. Jen says:

    I saw you check-in in FB and wondered why you were up so early. :D

    The free sunglasses still sound cool! I would've loved to have gone and seen Oprah, too! A college friend of mine was able to go, but I don't know if she got on the Favorite Things episode.

  7. Mommy Bags says:

    Looks like a really good time. I would love to go to one of those type of tapings :) . New follower from the blog hop would love it if you could come by and visit my site.

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