I'm a seat filler at A-list events – my job is to make the room look busier but there's very strict rules to follow | The Sun

A UNIVERSITY student who attended the Grammys on Sunday has revealed that she did so by being a “seat filler”.

Anna, who has been dubbed Seat Filler Anna online after her videos went viral, was brushing shoulders with the stars at the iconic music event. 

The ceremony rewards the work of artists in various categories, with British singers like Harry Styles, Adele and Sam Smith scooping gongs at the 2023 awards. 

But filling seats at such star-studded events isn't the easiest of jobs.

Event organisers hire seat fillers for televised events so that the floor never looks sparse. 

Anna revealed that there are lots of strict rules that seat fillers have to follow on the night and regarding their appearance.

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She speculated that event organisers don’t choose anyone with unnaturally coloured hair. 

Taking to Tik Tok, she divulged: “They told us that we have to wear a formal black dress, like a darkly coloured dress and just formal attire.

“Not everyone followed this dress code.

“I thought they were gonna be more specific because someone showed up in a flamingo pink sparkly dress and she got in.”

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Hopeful seat fillers also have to prove a negative Covid-19 test the day before the event.

On the day of the Grammys, they got briefed in a car park by someone holding a megaphone. 

Anna continued: “It was a series of just standing in line and then moving lines.

“We went through a security checkpoint and then into another set of lines.”

She said once inside the Grammy Awards – which was hosted at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, US – it was a “free for all”.

Seat fillers were aggressive at first trying to find seats next to their favourite celebrities. 

Anna claimed there was a “holding area” behind the stage for people who didn’t manage to get a seat.

She said: “I never ended up back there, I was always on the floor.

“And seat fillers fill the seats in the table section next to the stage.

“At one point, I was directly next to the stage, next to J-Lo and I was sitting next to Mr Ben Affleck.”

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Anna added that thanks to her seat filler position, she got close to Beyonce, Taylor Swift and Adele.

She wanted to get close to Harry Styles but said her friend sat next to him at one point and dubbed him “super nice”.

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