On Monday afternoon, Mediaset put an end to an era that has marked a generation of viewers who, much or little, have fallen into its clutches on occasion. After 13 years on the air, the network said goodbye to one of its star programs, Mujeres y hombres y vivecersa ( MYHYV ), a dating contest that Telecinco has broadcast first and Cuatro later. What was born as a summer program ended up becoming one of the oldest spaces on television and has not only contributed new terms to the Spanish vocabulary, such as vice verses or tronistas, but has also served as a shuttle to various reality shows for many of its contestants . It has also been a showcase for its presenters, just three in almost three decades.
Emma García consecrated her career as a presenter on the Basque channel ETB2, but her face entered most Spanish homes almost 20 years ago on Telecinco , when he was in charge of the program A tu lado (2002), which ran until 2007 and gave him two TP de Oro awards. Mediaset has been his home since then and although he has presented television contests such as The Game of Your Life o Open your eyes … and look , a four-hour live space that alternated debates, interviews and reality shows , it has been Women and Men and Vice versa that has elevated García to the category of one of the star presenters of the small screen .
After ten years at the helm of this dating contest in which she showed her most sensitive side and also the most joker (she has been seen crying with laughter at some occurrence of the contestants), she can be considered the queen of MYHYV by of own right. In 2018 García left his throne – made up of a simple cushion on the set stairs from where he led the boys and girls who were looking for love – to lead a format reminiscent of his beginnings in A tu lado , with Viva la life .
In the last quarter of 2018, those responsible for Mediaset wanted to give a second life to the popular space and for this they chose to change its most visible face, Emma García, to that of Toñi Moreno. It was a bomb exchange, because Moreno went from presenting Viva la vida on weekend afternoons, which he had been conducting for a year and a half, to MYHYV ; and García, on the contrary: from the dating contest he settled into the evening program
Toñi Moreno began working on television in his town (Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Cádiz) at age 14 and after many years in the autonomous region at 46 it has already gone through the three main national chains. In 2013, his face and his name became popular when he was in charge of Entre todos , a space of La 1 de TVE that appealed to citizen solidarity but said goodbye after starring in several controversies. He returned in 2014 to lead T con T , which was only on the grid for two months due to its low audience ratings.
When the program Wonderful People started on Canal Sur in January 2017, he confessed to viewers the bad streak he had passed. "The last year and a half of my life has been very hard, the worst," he said. “Life is like a Ferris wheel, some days you are up and others you are down. The remarkable thing about being human is that you are able to recover after a great fall. Living success is easy and comfortable, the difficult thing is to reinvent yourself and be reborn, ”the journalist explained later in an interview with EL PAÍS. Four years later, and after having become a mother and having been replaced twice (by Emma García in Viva la vida and by Jesús Vázquez in MYHYV ) she presents on Canal Sur every Monday in prime time the talk show A Year of Your Life , writes in the magazine Lecturas, has published a book on motherhood and continues to collaborate in Mediaset , although "not at the levels of before", as he acknowledged in another interview in this newspaper at the end of last year.
The last trade of the chain was to put Jesús Vázquez in front of Women and men and vice versa. About to turn 55 and after 18 years taking charge of practically all the talent and many of Telecinco's reality shows , Vázquez returned to his origins at the end of 2020. Despite having been the one who has lasted the least in the position, Vázquez has revived some of the television situations that made him the fashionable presenter in the nineties with programs such as Hablando se understa la basca or Gente con chispa. And it is that with the passage of time, the Galician has not evolved towards more serious formats, but has established itself in entertainment.
Showing great versatility, and after knowing what it is like to spend several years finding the doors closed after the scandal of the Arny case (for which he was acquitted of an accusation of child abuse ), has declared on more than one occasion that for him, "the important thing is to work." Although this implies taking over smaller formats of the grid, something that has been accentuated in recent years. Jesús Vázquez has not lacked work, but he has not had the same recognition as before. His last major prime time in Mediaset was La Voz , which the chain lost a couple of seasons ago in favor of Atresmedia and, meanwhile, he has continued to command smaller formats that have been very far from the audience figures and levels of usual popularity in his career that have passed without pain or glory such as Guerra de brains, The guillotine, You tell me or you sing it to me, the culinary talent of pastry Bake off or his last program, precisely a dating show, I stay with you , which received dire criticism.
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In recent years neither with the changes of presenters nor with the creation of a gay throne Mujeres y Hombres y Viceversa has been able to overcome an audience that, in its best moments, exceeded half a million viewers, many minors despite their time slot (12.30 in the morning from Monday to Friday) . It seems that today's lads have changed their preferences and no longer want to be muscular men or silicone women with perfectly plucked eyebrows or gleaming white teeth. The rise of YouTube among the youngest has done a lot of damage. Or it has saved many lives, depending on how you look at it.