5 Free Seat Filler Websites That’ll Get You Closer to the Action

These five seat filling services will give you seats to some of television’s most talked about events, including TV-show tapings, awards shows, and even the option to watch stars strut the red carpet. The best part? They’re all free!

Be careful though, these events can have a catch; being a seat filler to events such as award shows often entails moving to open seats when celebrities leave. This type of seat-filling service does not guarantee a permanent seat. Some events even have strict restrictions to uphold the audience appearance on camera, which could mean anything from having to wear neutral colors to locking your phone up before you enter the studio. They can base their audience decisions on looks, picking only applicants who fulfill a particular image that producers and promoters are looking for.

Should you be selected, sitting in on a favorite show or dancing at a free concert can be a great way to show visitors you know your way around Los Angeles. You may even get a selfie with a celebrity when they walk the red carpet or have the chance to wave to the friends back home when you’re on TV. Here are some of the services that can get you closer to the action.

1iota

Adam Levine and other members of Maroon 5 sing “Girls Like You” on Jimmy Kimmel’s Outdoor Concert stage. Photo by Lily Currin.

What TV shows can I sit in on?

“The Voice,” “Will and Grace,” “Jimmy Kimmel,” “Good Morning America,” “The Talk,” “The Late Late Show with James Corden,” “Kelly and Ryan,” “Steve Harvey,” “World of Dance,” and more.

What special events can I attend?

Movie and TV Show Premieres, Outdoor Concerts, NBA events, iHeart Radio Festivals, Red Carpet events, and more.

How do I apply to events?

  1. Create a 1iota account on https://1iota.com/
  2. Fill out the profile with a picture and physical descriptions such as hair color
  3. Find an event you want to attend
  4. Fill out any additional questions that may be specific to the event
  5. You will receive an email that you have been placed on a waitlist
  6. Confirm your tickets once you have been taken off the waitlist
  7. Arrive at the event when specified, usually an hour or more before the event begins
  8. Attend the event!

How far in advance must I apply?

Applications open two to three weeks before events.

Can I take a friend?

It depends. Not all events allow you to apply for more than one ticket but some events allow you to bring one to three unapproved friends.

How long are the events?

Events can range from three hours to over six hours.

Where are these events?

Los Angeles, New York City, Indianapolis, and Nashville.

How old do I have to be?

Movie premieres range from ages 6 and up to ages 16 and up, whereas TV shows are usually restricted to 16 year-olds and onward, and special events can range from 18 or 21 and up.

Are there any other restrictions?

You must cancel tickets 24 hours in advance if you cannot attend the event.

Are there any other opportunities this organization offers?

There is the option to act as paid extras in shows like “13 Reasons Why.”

Website: https://1iota.com/

On Camera Audiences

“iCarly” star Jennette McCurdy greets fans on the orange carpet at the Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Awards. Photo via Flickr user Eva Rinaldi.

What TV shows can I sit in on?

“Dancing with the Stars,” “Dr. Phil,” “American Idol,” “The Price is Right,” “America’s Got Talent,” “America Ninja Warrior,” “Family Feud,” “Big Brother,” “Deal or No Deal,” “Hell’s Kitchen,” and more.

What special events can I attend?

“Kids Choice Awards,” “Teen Choice Awards,” and more.

How do I apply to events?

  1. Register at http://www.on-camera-audiences.com/
  2. Find an event to attend
  3. Fill out questions specific to the event
  4. You will receive an email that you have been placed on a waitlist
  5. Confirm your tickets once you have been taken off the waitlist
  6. Arrive up to 2 hours before the event
  7. Attend the event!

How in advance should I apply?

Applications for the waitlist open up to 24 months in advance.

Can I take a friend?

Yes, but it depends on the event.

How long are the events?

Events can range from three hours to over six hours.

Where are these events?

Los Angeles, New York, Austin, Las Vegas, Chicago, and more.

How old do I have to be?

Special events can range from 18 and up to 21 and up.

Website: http://www.on-camera-audiences.com/

TV Tickets

“The Big Bang Theory” requires a live audience for the laugh track. From left to right sit Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, and Kaley Cuoco. Photo via Flickr user Kaley Cuoco.

What TV shows can I sit in on?

“America’s Funniest Home Videos,” “Dr. Phil,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “Raven’s Home,” “The Conners,” “Last Man Standing,” “Face the Truth,” “Just Roll With It,” “Man with a Plan,” “Mr. Iglesias,” “The Neighborhood,” “The Ranch,” and more.

How do I apply to events?

  1. Find an event to attend
  2. Fill out application specific to the event
  3. You will receive an email that you have been placed on a waitlist
  4. Confirm your tickets once you have been taken off the waitlist
  5. Arrive up to two hours before the event
  6. Attend the event!

How far in advance must I apply?

Applications for the waitlist open 30 days in advance.

Can I take a friend?

It depends. Not all events allow you to apply for more than one ticket but some events allow you to bring between one and five unapproved friends.

How long are the events?

Shows can take up to three or more hours to film.

Where are these events?

Only in Los Angeles.

How old do I have to be?

Special events can range from 18 and up to 21 and up for the applicant, but younger guests are welcome.

Website: https://www.tvtickets.com/seatfillers.htm

Seat Fillers and More

At events like the 2016 Grammy Awards at the Staples Center, seat fillers have to arrive early to live recordings. Photo via Flickr user David Jones.

What TV shows can I sit in on?

“Who Wants to be a Millionaire,” “Survivor,” and more.

What special events can I attend?

“The Emmy Awards,” “The Grammy Awards,” “BET Awards,” “Miss America Pageant,” Mini-Concerts, and more.

How do I apply to events?

  1. Register at https://seatfillersandmore.com/
  2. Send a resume and full body photo
  3. You will receive an email that you have been placed on a waitlist
  4. Confirm your tickets once you have been taken off the waitlist
  5. Arrive no earlier than 1 hour before the event
  6. Attend the event!

How far in advance must I apply?

Applications open two to three weeks before events.

Can I take a friend?

No, only those who apply may attend the events.

How long are the events?

Events can range from three hours to over six hours.

Where are these events?

Only in Los Angeles.

How old do I have to be?

Special events can range from 18 and up to 21 and up.

Website: https://seatfillersandmore.com/

TV Audiences

Seat fillers for the sport halftime shows often are let on the field to show enthusiasm for the artist. Pictured above is the 2012 Superbowl Halftime Show featuring Madonna. Photo via Flickr user SAB0TEUR.

What special events can I attend?

“The Tony Awards,” “The Emmy Awards,” “The Grammy Awards,” “The Academy Awards,” “The Superbowl Halftime Show,” and more.

How do I apply to events?

  1. Email SEATFILLERS@AOL.COM to find events you can attend
  2. Fill out application specific to the event
  3. You will receive an email that you have been placed on a waitlist
  4. Confirm your tickets once you have been taken off the waitlist
  5. Arrive up to 2 hours before the event
  6. Attend the event!

How far in advance must I apply?

Applications for the waitlist open 30 days in advance.

Can I take a friend?

No. Only those who apply are able to attend the events.

How long are the events?

Events can take up to three or more hours to film.

Where are these events?

Los Angeles, New York, and more.

How old do I have to be?

Special events can range from 18 and up to 21 and up for the applicant.

Website: http://www.tvaudiences.tv/

 

Lily Currin

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