Reality TV show to join former Yugoslavs
Slovenia’s Prva TV (the new name of TV 3, as of 1 November), will premier a new reality TV show on 15 November called "To sem jaz" (That’s Me) [Finance / 02.11.04 / Na Prvi TV tudi resničnostni šov].
The show will be broadcast across the former Yugoslavia to a potential audience of 25 million, five nights per week. The show itself will only last 10 to 15 minutes, while a longer (60-70 minute) program hosted by a moderator will feature guests and viewers discussing the goings-on in the house.
Cast members come from across the former Yugoslavia, one male and one female from each of the six former republics. They will spend 90 days in a house in the elite Vodno district of Skopje isolated from the outside world. The three-story, 400 quadratic meter house has been fitted with 21 cameras and more than 40 microphones. Every twenty days, viewers will vote by telephone to evict one male and one female from the house. The last left will win a prize worth more than EUR 10,000.
The goal of "To sem jaz" is to show what happens when a group of young people who speak different languages, come from different countries and follow different religions must live together. Given the wars that have raged throughout the region since 1991, the experiment is certainly worthy of wide attention.
Urška Cerče, head of Prva TV, told the press that "Prva TV is very happy to have been invited to participate in this first-of-its-kind international reality TV sow. Reality TV programs are a world hit right now, which is demonstrated by high ratings around the world. We are certain that Slovene viewers will be interested in this show and that events in the house will be the topic of a number of conversations."
The show is part of TV 3’s transformation into Prva TV, which officially took place on 1 November. The station has also moved to a new site and invested more than USD 1,000,000 in new equipment [Siol.Net / 29.10.04 / Resnicnosti sov na Prvi TV].