The Making of 'Night Grooves'

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After the premiere

The US pop star Anastacia and the Austrian winner of the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest, drag queen Conchita Wurst, were the very first guests of the DW's new show, Night Grooves. It was recorded at Haus Schminke, a New Architecture villa in Löbau, Saxony.

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The people behind the magic

The entire team got together in the villa's living room to discuss details before the first rehearsal. A crew of 50 people is responsible for cameras, lighting, sound, set design, make-up and props.

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Intimate atmosphere

The two German hosts, actress and singer Kim Fisher and comedian Wigald Boning, welcomed the audience in the Haus Schminke's living room – a very private and intimate setting.

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The house band

The Berlin band Ruffcats, which calls itself the Germany's finest accompanying band for soul, funk, hip-hop and reggae, is set to back up every episode of the Night Grooves show since the guests never bring their own bands.

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A matter of style

Wearing a garish ski jacket, Wigald Boning welcomed Anastacia to the private "Night Grooves" concert. The US star, who also works as a fashion designer, gave the amused German comedian some much-needed style advice.

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The world premiere

Definately a highlight: Conchita Wurst and Anastacia singing a duet, Anastacia's 2000 hit song "I’m Outta Love" in a special, acoustic version.

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A selfie with Anastacia

After the show, Anastacia spent time taking pictures with her fans and signing autographs. Some guests drove hundreds of kilometers to attend the exclusive DW concert. Indeed, it was a rare opportunity to get so close to such a megastar!

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A down-to-earth icon

After the show and the autograph-and-selfie session in the Haus Schminke, Anastacia made herself available for interviews made up of questions posted by fans via DW social media accounts.

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Questions for the living legend

"How do you prepare for a concert?" was just one of the many questions Conchita's fans ask on DW's Twitter and Facebook. The Austrian singer rehearsed the questions before recording them.

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A selfie with the band

The last photo with the band before leaving the unique German venue. Anastacia had to set out again for her next concert right after recording the talk show — but she loved the Ruffcats, the "Night Grooves" house band.

DW launches "Night Grooves," a new music talk show, on November 3. And it will kick off big style with American pop singer Anastacia and Austrian drag artist Conchita.

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