EXTRAORDINARY, ENTERTAINING AND ‘EMA-ZING’ BEHIND THE SCENES FACTS ABOUT THE 2015 MTV EMA

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MILAN, ITALY - OCTOBER 22: Dancers rehearse ahead of the MTV EMA's 2015 on October 21, 2015 in Milan, Italy. The awards take place on Sunday October 25th. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/MTV 2015/Getty Images for MTV)
MILAN, ITALY – OCTOBER 22: Dancers rehearse ahead of the MTV EMA’s 2015 on October 21, 2015 in Milan, Italy. The awards take place on Sunday October 25th. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/MTV 2015/Getty Images for MTV)

Ever  wondered what it  takes to  pull  together  a  show  like  the MTV  EMAs?  Well, look no further as an MTV insider has gathered the bizarre and ‘EMA-zing’ facts about the 2015 MTV EMAs for you – revealing  what  goes  on  behind  the  scenes  to  produce one  of  the  biggest  global  music  events  of  the  year  that celebrates the hottest artists from around the world.

MAIN SHOW PRODUCTION
*The 2015 MTV  EMAs set has  been  designed  by  celebrated  German-American stage  and  set  designer Florian Wieder – the creative  mastermind behind the MTV EMAs set  designs in  Frankfurt,  Berlin,  Munich,  Liverpool, Amsterdam and Glasgow. He has also previously designed for the MTV Movie Awards and the MTV VMAs.
*This year’s set is inspired by taking MTV back  to its roots – creating a massive TV set on – stage as the show will take the audience into different ‘worlds’.
*The entire set on the main stage is made of LED screens with a ‘tongue-like’ stage  extension  from  the  main stage, creating a floating effect into the arena.
*10,000 CDs have been flown in to be used as a performance backdrop.
*Production equipment include:
-4 truckloads of video screens
-10  truckloads  of  lighting  to help ignite  the  stage  and  red  carpet – all  of  which will  be housed  in  a  70  metre long glass marquee.
-2 miles of gaffer tape used this year
-500 radios for staff
-2.5km of barrier
*Everything has been transported through 50 technical trucks.
*6 enormous generator units will be used to power the show.
*MTV EMAs Site Managers walk approximately 15 miles each day in the run up to the show

MILAN, ITALY - OCTOBER 23: A general view of the Wardrobe department ahead of the MTV EMA's 2015 on October 23, 2015 in Milan, Italy. The awards take place on Sunday October 25th. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/MTV 2015/Getty Images for MTV)
MILAN, ITALY – OCTOBER 23: A general view of the Wardrobe department ahead of the MTV EMA’s 2015 on October 23, 2015 in Milan, Italy. The awards take place on Sunday October 25th. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/MTV 2015/Getty Images for MTV)

HAIR & MAKE UP
*The 40-person MTV EMAs professional  makeup  artist team has spent over 500 hours with internationally renowned make-up artist and MTV EMAs guru, Glam Squad’s Debbie Dannell.
*Together,  they  have  brought  an  arsenal  of  make-up  tools,  including 5  kilos  of  glitter,  300  sets  of  lashes, 60 assorted moustaches, 300 cans of hairspray and 300 assorted styling products.
*The team includes a specialist graffiti artist – The Urbanist – who creates beautiful body art, treating the human body as a  living canvas.
*And  here  are  some  added  hair-raising  facts: A backstage wiggery to  house  over 1000 over-the-top  wigs,  300 hairpieces and 100 poly heads, with the onsite help of 22 expert hairdressers, led by Pauline Simmons, now in her 17th year at the MTV EMAs. This is the highest number of wigs ever housed at the EMAs backstage

MILAN, ITALY - OCTOBER 23: A general view of the Wardrobe department ahead of the MTV EMA's 2015 on October 23, 2015 in Milan, Italy. The awards take place on Sunday October 25th. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/MTV 2015/Getty Images for MTV)
MILAN, ITALY – OCTOBER 23: A general view of the Wardrobe department ahead of the MTV EMA’s 2015 on October 23, 2015 in Milan, Italy. The awards take place on Sunday October 25th. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/MTV 2015/Getty Images for MTV)

COSTUMES
*Despite the scale of the event, an intimate team of 14 wardrobe staff have worked around the clock to produce more than 150 costumes for dancers, presenters and artists.
*On top of reams of fabric, the team has used over 72 metres of ribbon and 1,000 metres of silicon.
*24-hour fabric sublimation printing was employed to create one fabulous outfit.

DANCERS
*This  year’s troupe  of 35 dancers was selected by MTV EMAs veteran Aicha  McKenzie of AMCK from  over  700 potentials who flew to Italy to audition. And the troupe will be choreographed by Nathan Clarke

MILAN, ITALY - OCTOBER 23: A general view in Hair and Make Up ahead of the MTV EMA's 2015 on October 23, 2015 in Milan, Italy. The awards take place on Sunday October 25th. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/MTV 2015/Getty Images for MTV)
MILAN, ITALY – OCTOBER 23: A general view in Hair and Make Up ahead of the MTV EMA’s 2015 on October 23, 2015 in Milan, Italy. The awards take place on Sunday October 25th. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/MTV 2015/Getty Images for MTV)

Host Ed  Sheeran and  co-host Ruby  Rose will be taking charge of this year’s MTV EMAs, which  will broadcast  live across  the globe  on Monday,  26  October  at  3am  (TH/WIB)  and  4am  (MY/PH/SG) from  the Mediolanum Forum  in Milan.

Repeat telecast information:
Sunday, 1 November at 2pm (WIB), 3pm (PH/SG) and 4pm (MY)
Monday, 2 November at 12am (TH)
Saturday, 7 November at 12pm (TH), 6pm (WIB), 7pm (PH/SG) and 8pm (MY)
Sunday, 8 November at 7am (TH)
Sunday, 29 November at 2pm (WIB), 3pm (PH/SG) and 4pm (MY)

Performers  will  include Pharrell  Williams, Ed  Sheeran & Rudimental, Ellie  Goulding, Jason  Derulo, twenty  one pilots, Tori Kelly, James Bay, Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Andrea Bocelli and Justin Bieber.

 

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