Mujeres y Hombres y Viceversa is a very popular lunchtime Spanish television programme that sees men and women searching for their one true love via a series of dates and follow-up debates. The programme first aired on June 9th 2008 and is hosted by experienced Telecinco presenter Emma Garcia. Although the show gives equal opportunity to both men and women to become a “Tronista” and receive a long line of willing candidates (“Pretendientes/Pretendientas”), it has been regularly criticised as sexist and chauvinistic towards men. It has also generated some controversy for its recurrent use of foul language, violating the law regulating the daytime Spanish television schedule.
Various “regulars” accompany Emma Garcia on the set and they are certainly not shy in putting forward their opinions or uncovering juicy stories of infidelity on the part of a tronista or pretendiente/pretendienta. In fact they have become more like private detectives and every programme sees at least one or two controversial “Confidencias” that can see a pretendiente/pretendienta, even a tronista, ejected off the show in disgrace. Anyone who decides to partake in the show must not only have the guts to be on telly, but also be ready to have their every movement or utterance, on and off the set, highly scrutinised.
Tronistas are chosen from a long list of new applicants and old favourites from previous pretendientes/pretendientas. They then take their seat/throne on the set and receive one after another potential candidates who they can instantly pass on or chose to take on a series of dates. Some tronistas and some pretendientes/pretendientas can stay on screen for many weeks, even months, and their stories become incredibly convoluted and intense. Both the tronista and the pretendientes/pretendientas must use all their weapons of seduction to get what they want and fight for their love.
This is a great show for fans of heated Spanish debates and discussions and for the old romantics amongst you. Sometimes it is hard to believe that the candidates involved are really there for love, rather than simply an opportunity to be on Spanish television, but every now and then a true tronista comes along who bares their soul and sweats blood to find their one true love. On these occasions Mujeres y Hombres y Viceversa is a fascinating show to watch and very addictive. Other times it can be a little silly and the candidates all a little “too beautiful”, but it is always a great show to watch if you want to see how the younger Spanish generation speak and challenge your colloquial Spanish listening skills.