In the first episode, Niels Destadsbader received Erik Van Looy, Fatma Taspinar, Kawtar Ehlalouch, Warre Borgmans and Lotte Vanwezemael. The concept of ‘I’m requesting it’ is simple: five famous people request a song for which they have a special memory. That song is then performed live on stage by a proven artist, the singer of the song himself or in some cases a brother or sister, or another important person from the BV. Each episode, one audience member can also request a song, sung live by Destadsbader.
This program is the reason why Niels switched from VTM to VRT in the summer of 2021. “I dreamed about a concept such as ‘I request it’ from the start, but of course you first have to find the right keys and approach. At some point everything came together. During the first pitch, both VRT and the production house felt – this is its own format – and myself: ‘This is it. This needs to be on TV as soon as possible,” he recently said. After 2.5 years of waiting, the time had finally come on Wednesday evening, and that hard work appears to have paid off with 819,000 viewers.