Three Barrington High School students took a field trip Wednesday to downtown Chicago to attend a live interview with the British pop band, The Wanted.
Stopping in Chicago during a multi-city U.S. tour, the five-member band fielded questions from Chicago-area high school students. Members of The Wanted, known for chart-topping songs “I Found You” and “Chasing the Sun,” were asked about Halloween costumes, television shows, guilty pleasures, haircuts and how they spent spare time on tour.
“What’s the weirdest slang word you’ve heard used here?” Barrington junior Ariana Baldassano asked.
Several band members responded with “sweater,” the garment they prefer to call a jumper.
Barrington junior Lily Moradi was interested in finding out the secret to getting band members’ attention during a concert. Moradi noted that the band often finds one lucky audience member, usually female, to join them on stage during their performances.
“They said it’s the most emotional ones who really want to be there,” said Moradi, 16.
Susanna Negovan, publisher and editor of Splash magazine, moderated the interview in the Studio Cafe of Wrapports LLC, the parent company of the Chicago Sun-Times and Pioneer Press.
After several groups of students took photos with The Wanted, the Barrington contingent of Baldassano, Moradi and senior Peter Chung caught up with the band for an exclusive interview to be broadcast on BHS-TV.
“I asked if they have any pre-show rituals,” said Baldassano, 16. “They said they do missed high-fives.”
Baldassano responded by trying to attempt a purposefully missed high-five of her own, but couldn’t pull it off because she was shaking from excitement.
Chung, who filmed the event for a live-streaming broadcast on High School Cube, said the Barrington students were lucky to get the one-on-one interview.
“I like their music,” Chung said. “It’s nice and poppy, although I usually listen to more alternative stuff.”
Jeff Doles, an applied arts teacher who supervises BHS-TV, was impressed with his students’ work, taking advantage of the opportunity to get a big interview.
“That’s the most important thing I can teach them as a teacher, to find an opportunity,” Doles said.
Chung, 17, explained that BHS-TV earned the interview through their work with High School Cube, a platform Barrington High School uses to live stream sporting and fine arts events. Wrapports, the parent company of Sun-Times Media, owns Pioneer Press and Splash, and an ownership stake in High School Cube.
When plans for the band to make a personal visit to the high school fell through, High School Cube invited the students downtown.
The Wanted also were scheduled to perform Wednesday at the Vic Theatre in Chicago, a concert Baldassano said she was thrilled to be attending.
“I can barely even talk right now,” she said.