If you’ve ever tuned in to an awards show, you might be wondering how in the hell the organizers decide who sits where. It’s an art form like no other, with some serious repercussions if done incorrectly.
The MTV Video Music Awards kicked off last week, and there had clearly been some master puppetry going on behind the scenes. With Taylor Swift absent from the proceedings, the organizers had a #squad sized hole to fill and they did pretty well. It turns out that there is a method to the madness, and there are a few things that influence where you will be seated if you’re lucky enough to attend.
1. Celebrities request their ideal seat buddies
According to Cosmopolitan, when celebs send back their RSVPs, they also send back a list of people they would like to be seated next to. That’s why you often see best friends like Katy Perry and Rihanna seated side by side. This situation works for the shows producers because it means they are likely to catch candid, relaxed interactions rather than awkward first meetings.
2. It has to translate well to TV
There are only a few key cameras available to film the crowd, so celebrities who the producers are likely to get reactions from throughout the night are often positioned in the best light and closer to the front of stage. This years MTV VMAs saw Kim Kardashian and Kanye West front and center, so the producers could capture their expressions when the inevitable Taylor Swift mentions rolled in.
3. Some celebs totally disregard the seating plans
Certain celebs don’t like to play by the rules of a seating arrangement, and will consistently change seats throughout the night. This is a major headache for producers, who need to know where everyone is in order to get the best coverage. For this reason, celebs that consistently ignore the seating chart to sit with their besties are placed together from the start.