Tired of girl-seeking-boy reality shows? Well, even with a certain saturation, the dating show that will change everything is already in Spain: FBoy Island. The new HBO Max reality show, which is born with a lot of humor, but with a premise, to teach "bad boys" to "stop being primates and treat women well." And when he says to teach, he is really teaching.
That is the job for which the comedian Valeria Ros, presenter, educator, counselor and whatever they throw at FBoy, has been chosen. "It's a dating to make people laugh, so that the viewer breaks out laughing. But it also has a somewhat Hitchcock universe, that bomb that is under the table about to explode and the viewer knows it," she explains.
FBoy Island is created by Elan Gale -The Bachelor- and follows three girls who travel to a tropical island where they meet 22 guys: 11 consider themselves "nice guys" looking for love and 11 admit to being "FBoys", or whatever. it's the same scoundrels, who are there to compete for a prize money.
None of them know who are nice boys and bad boys. They will have to discover it through appointments and coexistence, risking in each chapter to expel the "good guys".
As the reality show progresses, everything is revealed: who is a "nice guy", who is an "FBoy", and who the girls ultimately choose. A full-fledged social experiment that raises old dilemmas: can scoundrels really reform? Do the "nice guys" always have to lose?
"I have always been of the opinion that the good guys are the ones who have to lose, but don't believe it. We have the idea that the badass goes to the top, that he has many tables, but there are also bad girls (... .) The viewer plays with it to the end", answers Valeria Ros.
What the comedian, turned presenter of love, refers to is that nothing is written in FBoy. Depending on the situations that are found, the good guys can stop being so good and the bad guys, perhaps, stop being so bad when their plans are cut short because of love.
What is certainly not lacking in FBoy Island is humor. In fact, it is something that Valeria Ros insists a lot on. She has been chosen because this reality show had to be carried with a lot of laughter, above all, "laughing at oneself".
Seeing her in Miss Rottenmeier mode punishing bad boys in the so-called Redemption to re-educate them and turn them into good men would be impossible to do if humor was not involved.
While the good guys who are eliminated will live an experience of luxury and pleasure in the Enjoyment as a reward for their attitudes in courtship and love, the FBoys will be expelled to that purgatory, a place where they will taste their own medicine and they will be subjected to punishments and "therapies" for the purpose of "re-education".
"I play a lot with the moment in which they eliminate and it is discovered if it is nice or bad," says Ros. "If it's an FBoy, they go to Redemption, which is pure comedy, but where I show them how they have to stop being primates and how they shouldn't treat women. That cliché that bad boys cannot be reformed changes because there are many twists ", Explain.
As Yolanda Martín Campayo, executive producer of the program, but also of Cuatro's successful First Dates, explains, "FBoy Island Spain is a humorous dating show that sometimes doesn't even take itself seriously. It's a good sample of what In Spain we know it as the "hummingbird", a funny "revenge" towards that figure in a comedy key, which aspires to answer the eternal question of whether a Fboy can be redeemed". And he adds: "Valeria's role moves away from the usual role of host in this type of program and goes through funny moments in which she subjects the FBoys to "shock therapy" or punishes those who resist re-education."
"Of course it's revenge on the hummingbird!", says the comedian. In fact, "I am there to show them, in addition to hosting the program," he admits openly, because for Valeria Ros, as well as for the promoters of the Spanish adaptation of this successful reality show, which The Washington Post described, in its edition American, as "deliciously twisted" and TIME as a "compelling and intelligent masterpiece".
"When doing humor", admits Valeria Ros, "a dating show like it has never been seen". "They are some 'characters'. You can see a lot of personality, how they think, how they manipulate... The viewers are going to feel very identified," she laughs while acknowledging that in the end, but only in the end, "they ended up loving me."
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