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Just a week ago I mentioned to people that "inbetween rehearsals hopefully I would do a couple of little press thingies". By which I meant that we hoped we'd manage to get a couple of interviews that might require me to step out of a rehearsal.

For me - a slightly quirky, but otherwise quite average girl from Holland, the kingdom of down-to-earthness - the concept of being interesting to national media is a bit surreal. I am not used to being recognized either, even by people I have met before; for some reason the way I do my hair and make up make a huge difference as to how I look. 

While I am used to a world in which we almost have to beg for people to interview me, this week we received several interview requests from big TV and radio stations. And before I knew it, I found myself being dragged out of a dance rehearsal on Wednesday and on a train to London with Louis, to shoot an item for BBC's The One Show. With only an hour and a half to take a bus home, have a shower, wash my hair, iron my dress, pack my things, wait for Paul to pick us up, load all our gear in a slightly undersized car, drive to the train station with thousands of red traffic lights and road works slowing us down to the max, and have our tickets printed, we got on the train with less than five seconds to spare. 

I knew we had to play outside on the street, so I figured it would be somewhere in the city centre, where the streets are crowded with pedestrians, but when I read the call sheet on the train, I noticed we would be filming in Hammersmith, right outside the Apollo. After a taxi ride that must have taken longer than a bike ride would have, we arrived at the Apollo, where the BBC cres had already set up. There was a queue of people waiting to get into the theatre, and we the idea was for us to perform for these people while presenter Margherita interviewed whoever was filming me. Louis and I enjoyed ourselves, and even though I has a handheld mic instead of my regular wireless headset, I tried to move around a bit, and I found myself playing with the audience a bit, climbing some of the fences (and nearly falling off one of the metal thingies attached to the building).

When handing out flyers, I was amazed how many people already knew me, and how many compliments I got from people who didn't know me. It feel good to know the crowd was happy, the BBC film crew was happy, and Louis and I were happy. The piece was aired yesterday while I was in a dance rehearsal, and I must say it is utterly cool to be able to say I was on The One Show!

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