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Wie Is De Mol?

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interesting debut.  hard to tell when you have so many people.  I find Rik really subdued at this point

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I'm going to start by suspecting Niels. He was the first to put his hand up to vote for the money. It's a Mol-ish thing to do, since it's unlikely that the group wouldn't vote for the exemptions. (And he was also quick to say "I agree with the decision" once the vote was for the exemptions.) Then again, we haven't had a female Mol since Margriet in 2015, so maybe it's time?

Not a whole lot of other information to go on, really. They got all the euros in the dance challenge, and the bike challenge had so many variables that I'm shocked they made any money at all. The Mol didn't need to actively sabotage in that challenge, just allow the natural chaos to take over. Looks like a LOT of the messages on the tablets simply went unnoticed, whether deliberately or not.

My crush this season is definitely Jamie, although that makes me feel like a dirty old lady.

Also, Nikkie dancing with the short Colombian guy was definitely a pretty great sight gag.

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So we don't have a media thread for this show (because none of us can speak Dutch, let's be real), but I guess this would go there if we did. I updated the detailed guide to every Mole challenge ever last week.

Also, probably a smart move to start with an episode that felt more like a midseason non-elimination than to try and equal last year's premiere.

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Not sure who I suspect right now, but a few things I noticed:

In the opening credits, there is a token of some kind (looks a bit like a joker) that says "BOO" on it. Then Niels is shown wearing a shirt that says "Boo" and another word I couldn't make out.

Could the title of the episode ("uitgerekend," or "calculated") refer to someone's profession rather than the first challenge? If so, it might fit Jamie best as he's the host of a science show.

In the numbers challenge, Robert pushed to ditch the height question, which seemed like a good idea (because more arithmetic was involved in that question than any of the others), but then they got to the hats question and half the team couldn't remember their own hat sizes, which I think was genuine. If he's the Mol, maybe he pushed to go in that direction knowing it would be a time-waster.

Did Merel pick up more euros in the laser challenge than she brought back? I saw that Evi did the same thing, but then she told the group about it, which is NOT a Mol-ish thing to do, so after that challenge I suspected Merel a little more than Evi (and of course Evi is now proven not to be de Mol), simply because it would be Mol-ish to take some but not all of the money and keep quiet about it. (But I'm not actually sure that she did this)

Also in the laser challenge, Sarah pulled the placard -- not the money. Could be a Mol-ish attempt to make it to the end of the challenge yet not win any money, then foiled by the fact that she lost her balance.

I don't think it's Nikkie at all. A lot of them seem to, or at least are saying they do, but she's being a little too obvious IMO. I think she was faking pretty hard at not noticing the numbers painted on the ground, for example.

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I'm working on the "it's time for a female Mol again" theory.  Since I don't think there's any way it's Nikkie, that leaves Sarah, Merel, and Evelien.

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when they showed the joker feature i wondered if anyone would try and use one that was open somehow (maybe try to trade it to someone for info), so when i saw it had been done i was "cool"...  seeing the impact, now i'm not sure anymore 

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On 2/11/2019 at 2:47 PM, Trip said:

This has to be the most boring season of WITM in many years.

Agreed. I think a couple of the early civilian seasons are worse, but this is definitely my least favourite celebrity season of WIDM. Like, at least the Dominican Republic season had Ellie and Cecile. This season... Sinan, maybe?

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I think it's a combination of boring challenges and bad casting.  There have been a number of challenges where I was sure there would be some sort of twist, and then there just ... wasn't (the first box-pulling challenge, for example).  And seasons where almost everyone is deliberately moling are less fun to watch, in my opinion, though I understand that's optimal strategy.

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So I'm about 75% on Merel, 25% on Sarah, and it better not be either Sinan or Niels.  Niels has put too much in the pot and did that shady thing with the joker that should be outside of what moles are allowed to do; Sinan has barely participated, which would make him the lamest mole of all time.

Sarah has moled a lot, sometimes fairly obviously (I don't buy the dyslexia thing for a second); if it is her, I'm going to be a bit disappointed that the mole wasn't more subtle.

Merel has been on my list since the beginning, and the last episode clinched it for me.  Production obviously needed two kandidaten to leave in either episode 7 or 8, and the easiest way of doing that is to have the mole pull the two-red card, since there was no guarantee that a candidate would pull it.

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Don't look at the official website if you don't want to be spoiled about this week's elimination, but the "Who is the Mole?" fan poll currently has the final three at 37, 32, and 31 percent.

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I'd say "it ended not with a bang, but with a whimper", but that usually implies that everything was good beforehand, and honestly this was one of the worst seasons ever.

Still, the Belgian version starts tonight Belgian time, and that's promising to be as excellent as always.

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At least we had a Mol who actually DID things this year, unlike, say, Thomas.

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2 hours ago, SnideAsides said:

Belgian Mole: HOLY MOTHERFUCKING SHIT.

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i was worried when i was spoiled about it, because i thought it was badly done last time, but this was a great introduction to it.   

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On 3/10/2019 at 4:27 AM, SnideAsides said:

I'd say "it ended not with a bang, but with a whimper", but that usually implies that everything was good beforehand, and honestly this was one of the worst seasons ever.

Still, the Belgian version starts tonight Belgian time, and that's promising to be as excellent as always.

i didn't find any contestant redeeming in the finale.  i even started disliking the Mole who i liked most of the season.  but at least they Moled.   

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