and the songs
Katrine Herforth, from Fremantle’s Danish production company Blu, explains how the creative melting pot of the new all-access reality entertainment show offers the perfect setting for intimate exchanges and inspired interpretation. Gabriel Tate reports.
A bit like a celebrity cook-off, but with professional musicians doing their thing, it’s an idea so simple you might imagine someone has done it before, but COVER MY SONG is a true original because it goes much deeper than the music.
“The show is intimate and personal, where big stars can surprise us with their musical interpretation but also with their personal views,” says Katrine Herforth, Head of Reality, Lifestyle and Factual Entertainment at Blu.
The Danish series for Viaplay, invites us into the lives of four music stars who spend a week together in each other’s homes, taking it in turns to interpret one of the host’s biggest hits.
At the end of the week, when all four have hosted and performed, the one whose cover version is judged the most original, surprising or uplifting is awarded a cash prize for a charity of their choice.
Casting, as ever, is crucial and Katrine and her team hit upon a winning formula that combines common ground with diversity: “There’s always an A-lister, an artist we may have forgotten, an artist that’s on the way up and an artist we thought we knew all about,” adds Katrine..
“What we’re looking for is great atmosphere, moving musical moments, and most importantly, the stories that provide us with insight into their characters.”
Because all musicians have egos, the four artists come from very different genres. This reassured the cast that these are not their industry competitors where they’re up against each other, but fellow musicians paying tribute to each other’s music.
The captivating result of this meeting of creative minds, shared confessions and surprises; “deep talks, laughter and positive energy… it’s feel-good TV,” says Katrine.
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“What we’re looking for is great atmosphere, moving musical moments, and most importantly, the stories that provide us with insight into their characters.” – Katrine Herforth, Blu, Denmark