Wie is De Mol? 2021

Starts January 2nd on Avrotros

10 socially distanced Dutch celebs travel to the Czech Republic to complete tasks for cash, unfortunately one of them cannot be trusted as they’ve been briefed with the task of sabotaging the challenges without detection. The person who wins all the money is the person who best works out Who is The Mole?

But who are this season’s contestants? From left to right:

  • Charlotte Nils – Journalist and political reporter
  • Renee Fokker – Actress
  • Erik de Zwart – Radio DJ and media entrepreneur
  • Joshua Nolet – Rapper
  • Florentijn Hofman – Artist
  • Remco Veldhuis – Comic and cabaret star
  • Marije Knevel – Linda.nl editor and host
  • Splinter Chabot – Writer, programme maker and political scientist
  • Lakshmi Swami Persaud – Artist, songwriter and theatre.
  • Rocky Hehakaija – Popular female national footballer

As ever, please don’t spoil until English subs are available, we are primarily a UK based site.

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23 thoughts on “Wie is De Mol? 2021

  1. Brig Bother Post author

    And away we go.

    Marije already works for de Mol in some capacity – she edits the website for Linda de Mol’s magazine.

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  2. Brandon

    From what I can figure from the Dutch comments from that contestant intro video, the rumours of this season featuring less well known celebs is true, though I don’t know if that was planned or just something that happened that they’ve now decided is a feature not a bug. Highlights of the comments include “Welcome to a new season of Who Is That?” and “Finally we get a season with unknown contestants.”

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    1. David

      Queen Nikkie aside, most of the more famous people have been the duds who never do anything interesting in order to preserve their reputations though. And even Nikkie wasn’t really a mainstream name despite her Youtube followers. I’d much rather a season of slightly more obscure celebrities with diverse backgrounds than ten TV stars who don’t know how to entertain.

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    2. John R

      The ‘cold open’ they’ve previewed looks quite good, not that I can understand a word of what is being said…Merel seems to be a firm favourite of the producers though considering how often she seems to pop up in the seasons following hers!

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        1. David

          Erik is the older one with glasses. Joshua is the blonde. Florentijn is the buff one. Splinter is the younger nerdy one who looks like he got lost on the way to the Project Runway auditions.

          Apropos of nothing, I learned today that Florentijn’s art includes that terrifying giant rubber duck that went viral a few years back, so clearly he’s my favourite this season.

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  3. spp138

    Very impressed that the Mole successfully kept 100% of the money out of the pot in the first assignment… I’m inclined to think that that assignment could offer some initial clues as to who the mole is not

    I’m also very impressed that keeping the candidates isolated and safe in the pandemic era feels really seamless and natural… for all purposes, this feels like a normal season, which is great.

    On a side note, has there been news as to whether the Belgian version was able to do the same? (Sorry if I missed word on that elsewhere)

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      1. TVs Michael Harmstone

        Germany is the location – Papa Bear was in Schliersee for the reveal picture.

        On that subject, I wouldn’t be surprised if the premiere’s pushed back from the usual second week of March – not just because there’s a higher chance of being able to get everyone in the same room for the reveal and finale events, but because Dutch Big Brother has just returned and is a Vier co-production (with half the housemates being Belgian) and runs till April 9th.

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    1. Brig Bother Post author

      Well, I don’t know if there’s been a change of staff or just the stars aligning but this feels like a WIDM that’s got its mojo back – loved everything about the Metal Gear Ballerinas task, and it feels like they’ve taken a bit of Belgian inspiration for finding a more entertaining twist on pretty standard WIDM tasks – if they did the truck driving one last year, the correct symbols would probably have just been written down on a board somewhere, in 2021 they have to take photos from a fast bumpy truck! Also Florentijn’s extremely bored sounding description made me laugh.

      Also not sure Swiss Toni added all that much so from an entertainment perspective it’s basically a non-elim.

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      1. David

        I agree about the ballerina task- I guess they figured they already had the laser tag guns from episode 1, so why not get more use out of them…

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      2. Brandon

        The tour around the chateau was basically the old “Complicated day, simple question” task mixed with the Vietnamese dinner party from Belgian Mole, which in itself was based on a WIDM task.

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    1. Brig Bother Post author

      Incredibly, a series where (Remco notwithstanding) the dead wood is going quickly, although I did enjoy Flo winding people up by basically being himself.

      Enjoyed the first task, although was expecting it to be more Escape Room-y.

      Think the second and third tasks would have been a bit rubbish if they DID give away four exemptions, but as they didn’t I thought the locations and direction were immense.

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        1. Brandon

          I think they’re getting over reliant on the old moles, and they never have anything interesting to say or do.. except in this challenge. This is how they could have been used in Renaissance.

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