Injured before high-flying challenge – had to make changes

In Helt Harald, presenter Harald Rønneberg (49) invites various celebrities with him for good conversations and unique experiences.

This time politician Abid Raja (46), together with Rønneberg, was to perform a so-called wall dance on the world’s tallest wooden building – Mjøstårnet in Brumunddal, 85.4 meters above the ground.

When the duo were to practice the wall dance, however, something happened which meant that the plan had to be changed.

See what happened in the video at the top of the story.

CHALLENGE: Harald Rønneberg has invited Abid Raja with him to carry out a high-flying challenge. Photo: TV 2

Got choreography

Wall dancing is a form of dancing in the air. Suspended in harnesses, one dances in the air, where the body lies horizontally.

A dance group that knows this is Frikar. Two of the members of Frikar, Hallgrim and Anita, were therefore to teach Raja and Rønneberg how to dance in such a way, in Tuesday’s episode of Helt Harald.

After a bit of stretching and bending, they were finally going to try their hand at wall dancing – first one by one.

One meter above the ground, they received instructions to carry out various exercises. Based on how the duo did, Hallgrim and Anita were to put together a choreography.

After the first lesson, both Raja and Rønneberg were satisfied with their own efforts, even though they found it difficult.

– Genuinely scared

Before the duo had to try wall dancing together, they each got to try their hand at an expert from Frikar.

Forgetting to mention one important detail – brings tears to my eyes

– We will manage that. I’m such an idiot that I think we can do it, says an enthusiastic Rønneberg in the episode.

– It is not realistic, but it is possible to train for it, Raja follows up.

Together with each Frikar, they managed to carry out the entire choreography. However, Raja felt an uncertainty along the way.

– I am genuinely afraid of getting hurt. Have we taken out insurance?, asks Raja.

Hurt himself

When the duo finally had to wall dance together, everything seemed to go well – until one of the last exercises.

PRACTICE: Abid Raja and Harald Rønneberg practiced the entire choreography together.  Photo: TV 2

PRACTICE: Abid Raja and Harald Rønneberg practiced the entire choreography together. Photo: TV 2

– Let go, let go!, shouts Raja, before he sits down on the floor.

He explains that his shoulder probably came out of position.

– There is something that creaks and clatters. There are some creaking noises, he explains.

PAIN: Abid Raja felt pain when he injured his shoulder.  Photo: TV 2

PAIN: Abid Raja felt pain when he injured his shoulder. Photo: TV 2

Made changes

Because of Raja’s shoulder, Rønneberg therefore chose to change the execution of the high-flying challenge. Initially, the duo were to complete the challenge together.

– We have tried to dance with each of our frikars, it didn’t go too badly. Tomorrow we dance with each frikar, says Rønneberg.

Before the duo were to hang 60 meters above the ground, Raja had to have his shoulder checked by a physiotherapist.

Press manager at TV 2, Jan-Petter Dahl tells TV2.no that the injury to the shoulder was not serious.

– During the rehearsal with Harald, Abid suffered an injury in his shoulder. The injury was not serious and he was given the go-ahead to carry out the stunt. In order to perform the stunt as safely as possible, it was decided that Harald and Abid would not dance together, but rather together with each of their professional freemen, he says.

Rønneberg is glad they ended up changing the plan.

BUNAD: Wearing a bunad gave the dance a nationally romantic touch.  Photo: TV 2

BUNAD: Wearing a bunad gave the dance a nationally romantic touch. Photo: TV 2

– That’s the way it is, when we set the list so high and push the limits, then the road becomes a bit more as you go. There’s a bit of fun in taking on some serious challenges, he says.

Raja and Rønneberg finally managed to perform the wall dance. Wearing bunads, they hung 60 meters above the ground with each of their free vessels.

DONE: Abid Raja and Harald Rønneberg each performed a wall dance, 60 meters above the ground.  Photo: TV 2

DONE: Abid Raja and Harald Rønneberg each performed a wall dance, 60 meters above the ground. Photo: TV 2

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