2021 Dutch mole Renée Fokker has finally been freed of her secret for two weeks. In Belgium, the saboteur is about to strike. However, “De Mol” – as the program calls it by our neighbors to the south – cannot be compared to our version. Many fans think the Belgian version is even better, but is that also the case? Judge yourself.
On Sunday March 21, the search for Mol will start on the Flemish TV channel Play4, formerly VIER. They won’t go far this year, as all ten contestants will travel to Germany for the ninth season. Where it is sometimes quite difficult for the Dutch production to form a group, they are spoiled for choice in Belgium. There they are not doing the popular program with famous people, but with “normal” people. About 30,000 volunteers signed up this year, but only ten of them were selected for the “adventure of a lifetime”.
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But whether it is the ten candidates that have now been proposed is still the question … The mole is known to be quite big out of the pack. For example, a few seasons ago the saboteur was only named when the recordings had already started. Presenter Gilles de Coster said at the time HLN: “Every year we try to surprise and fool viewers. Not that we compulsively want to introduce something new. But we want to cherish the idea of leaving without Mol. We just wanted to open up this year. With the added bonus that first-time viewers know more than first-time contestants. “
This year, too, they are going strong. The ten finalists chosen are not sure of their place. In the very first episode, they have to face ten candidates who just fell off the boat during the selection.
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Where presenter Rik van de Westelaken shows contestants a green or red screen, they also have an orange screen in Belgium since this season. It’s not yet clear exactly what that means, but it likely has something to do with the ten additional entrants. Normally, the color indicates whether someone can stay or should go home. We have never seen an orange screen in the Netherlands. Rik made a joke on the official podcast of Who is the mole? last season on a blue screen when asked what would happen if he types in a name incorrectly.
Rik van de Westelaken didn’t know who the mole was during the recordings
In the Netherlands, we have Rik van de Westelaken, the Belgians have Gilles de Coster. Where the Dutch participants are quite impressed by Rik and immediately fall silent as soon as he appears on the scene, Gilles is more of a guide to the group. He has a good meal and interviews the candidates.
Another big difference is the pot. In Who is the mole? the group itself is responsible for the money, which sometimes also works in favor of De Mol. In the past, for example, money has regularly disappeared in mysterious ways. The treasurer sometimes also has privileges, which, for example, Mol Kees Tol made good use of during his season. Speaking of money: the amount The mole is several times higher than what we are used to. Thus, around 8,000 euros can easily be earned during a mission. It adds!
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So it should be clear now that the Belgians are raising the bar a lot, including when it comes to assignments. For example, the candidates were buried alive (!) In Mexico a few years ago. They had to break free with a walkie-talkie. It would spontaneously make you claustrophobic.