For many, being the host of Eagle and Tails is a dream: new countries, acquaintances, exotic food and other advantages of constant travel. However, the back side of the show does not always correspond to the screen image and is not so pleasant. So, in one of the interviews, the presenter Regina Todorenko let slip that there really was no “golden card”, and all the time spent in luxury hotels was spent on the shoot.
We at Happy Worthy Life have been watching the Eagle and Tails program for a long time and, of course, are interested in what is happening behind the scenes of this popular show and how much it differs from a real trip.
1. A show about entertainment, not a real trip
You won’t go abroad with what is shown in the program. The program focuses on the show, practically excluding the cognitive part, clarification of the features of the host country and so on. So, in a European-measured Vienna, the hosts conducted an extreme tour, including bungee jumping, rafting and a visit to the amusement park.
It turns out that the producers of the show in the pursuit of content overlook many of the advantages of real travel, doing the same things in Austria, Zimbabwe, and China.
2. Everything is built according to a clearly defined scenario
There is no place for spontaneity in the program: everything is built according to a clear scenario, which must be adhered to. Places of residence, travel routes, dialogs with local residents are planned and booked in advance. One has only to pay attention to the fact that the voiceover prevails over the dialogue with the locals.
In addition, the shooting continues under any circumstances: with temperature, poisoning, allergies. However, this does not always work like this: during the filming in Cuba, the host Nastya Ivleeva drank a local cocktail in a bar, after which she fell ill with poisoning, and the filming process on that day had to be stopped.
And this is how the filming of those opening videos look like. The film crew consists of 7-8 people, who also determine among themselves which tourist to accompany: “poor” or “rich”.
3. Advertising – one of the components of the transmission
The abundance of advertising affects the content of the program: approximately 3-4 integrated commercials appear in a 40-minute episode. Promotion of sponsored products is not always out of place, and often even gets out of the concept of the show.
On the other hand, without advertising, the program would not exist in the form in which we watch it. And despite the fact that the presenters are distracted by shooting advertising takes, we get quite a lot of entertaining content.
4. Some facts are silent or lie for the sake of a better picture.
Travelers Lena Gitt and Pavel Kotikov noticed a number of mistakes made by the presenters in the release of “World Circles. Jakarta.”
- High barriers on the sidewalks actually exist, but the show showed only the highest and inconvenient for pedestrians. In fact, they are much lower or even have a passage.
- The presenter Regina, standing near the ticket office, is surprised to talk about the fact that there is no way to get from the airport to the center by bus. Travelers easily bought a ticket to the city at the same ticket office.
- The unattractive clam that the host ate was actually not the most common dish in Indonesia: the locals mostly eat rice and meat.
- The view from the observation deck for some reason was not shown from the best angle, removing the poor areas covered by smog. From the same place, turning the camera, you can take a photo of a beautiful part of the city.
- In pursuit of the scene, Lesya Nikityuk rides in a luxury traffic in a big traffic jam, although there are free toll roads in Jakarta.
- And crossing the road is much easier than the hosts showed, saying that “the drivers do not care about pedestrians.” In fact, the city has a developed driving culture: just raise your hand up and all the cars will stop to let you through.
5. Countries for travel are selected by ratings
The program extremely rarely comes across stories about African countries. That’s because the TV channels do not want to shoot in Africa because of the low demand for this direction from the audience. People prefer calm and pleasant places where they can or would like to go on their own.
In addition, issues in Africa are more expensive due to flights and local circumstances. According to Yevgeny Sinelnikov, you have to pay regularly for everything: it comes to the point that they require money for every person who gets into the frame. It is worth considering the danger of various diseases, fevers, as well as the difficult situation in many countries.
6. The “Golden Card” has a limit
One of the program’s presenters, Regina Todorenko, said that the unlimited nature of the “golden card” is a myth. It really has a lot of money, but the spending is clearly regulated. In addition, some chic establishments are rented only for a few hours, and the hosts spend the night in more modest rooms.
The author and producer of Eagle and Tails, Elena Sinelnikova, partially confirmed the words of the presenter. On the air, dedicated to the 8th anniversary of the show, she said that there are countries that “can either make discounts or provide something for free to be advertised.”
7. You can put personal items in your backpack
A presenter who has to walk with $ 100 in his pocket can take any personal items with him, except for food. Usually in a backpack are replaceable clothes, shoes, a bottle of water and a plaid. Once, the presenter Regina Todorenko even showed the contents of her bag: inside were napkins, tangerine, water, a sleep mask and a face massager.
But there are also obligatory things: a first-aid kit, a mask with a snorkel for sea shows, a sleeping bag or a tent, if camping is allowed in the host country.
8. The creators of the show have favorite places to shoot.
So, many large cities were visited 3 times: Berlin, Paris, London, Amsterdam, Budapest and others. And the most favorite place was the Maldives, which is devoted to as many as 4 episodes.
The statistics of expenses for shooting, flights, visas and accommodation for the film crew were not disclosed, but it is believed that the most expensive issue was with Andrei Bednyakov in London. There, the presenter spent more than $ 53 thousand, of which $ 50 thousand went to live in an elite hotel. The cheapest, with a cost of only $ 32, was Madagascar.
9. Some lucky ones do find hidden bottles
In the first episodes, producers had to discreetly insert wine advertising into the program. And so the tradition of hiding a bottle with a $ 100 bill was born. Since then, the sponsor has left, but the custom has remained, and the audience likes it.
In the bottle, in addition to money, there is a note with a request to take a photo or record a video and send it to the editor of the Eagle and Tails program. And the Instagram of the project is full of pictures of the lucky ones.
Have you ever tried to find a bottle with a bill from the “Eagle and Tails”?