‘Paradise’ participants criticize their own programme: ‘It must be changed back!’

The ‘Paradise Hotel’ has undergone something of a transformation.

Today, the program is only called ‘Paradise’, which should indicate that the classic show has distanced itself from the past with bullying and sexual abuse in favor of greater diversity and inclusion.

But if you ask the first participants in the new format, the many changes have certainly not been for the better.

This is what Damien Smith, Rasmus Ganzhorn and Oliver Møldrup Klinke tell from the first season of ‘Paradise’, when BT meets them at this year’s Reality Awards on Wednesday evening.

“If you are gay – not because I have anything against homosexuality – but then you also get more playing time,” says Rasmus Ganzhorn.

The verdict from the three participants is therefore clear: The new ‘Paradise’ has become too woke.

“These times, they’re fucking cool, but what’s shown on TV isn’t as funny as the story itself was. That must change,’ says Damien Smith.

Here you can see some of the first ‘Paradise’ participants, who were cast to reflect ordinary Danish youth even more broadly.
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As BT has previously written, there are also – as yet unknown – changes on the way in ‘Paradise’. And according to the three participants, it would be nice if ‘Paradise’ went more back to the old beats.

Both Damien, Rasmus and Oliver feel cheated by the production.

Both in relation to the terms on which they participated in the program, but also how they have been cut afterwards.

“We had signed up and were like: ‘Okay, maybe it’s a little different’, but we come down, and then it’s a completely different program. You can’t recognize anything from the old ‘Paradise’ at all. You must sleep together boy and boy, girl and girl, you must not really drink anything, one and the other. It was just totally disappointing,’ says Oliver Møldrup Klinke.


Damien and Zilas both kissed and had sex in 'Paradise'.

Damien and Zilas both kissed and had sex in ‘Paradise’.
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The many changes that the ‘Paradise’ format had gone through for their first season had not been properly explained to them, they believe.

“I was a guinea pig in a program that I hadn’t agreed to take part in, I think. I thought it was ‘Paradise Hotel’,” says Damien Smith bluntly.

And now, after the program has been shown, their critical voices have only grown louder.

“I feel that they have screwed me up a little bit in the way that they have not shown what I really am when they have cut it together,” says Rasmus Ganzhorn.


'Paradise Hotel' will henceforth only be called 'Paradise' - and that is the smallest of the changes in the new season, which celebrity researcher calls a difficult balancing act for Viaplay.

‘Paradise Hotel’ will henceforth only be called ‘Paradise’ – and that is the smallest of the changes in the new season, which celebrity researcher calls a difficult balancing act for Viaplay.
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BT has related the criticism to Viaplay, which is behind the ‘Paradise’ format.

‘It is of course a shame that there are some of our former participants who feel that too much has been chosen from the editing, but there is an enormous amount of things that have to be cut away in the editing of the programme,’ reads a written statement from program director Kenneth Kristensen.

Viaplay has still not wanted to explain to BT what the impending changes in the reality program will be.

‘Paradise is also a concept in constant development, and a lot of new things will happen in the future,’ says the program director.

But a change has already been announced.

The host Emil Olsen, who was previously known as a beauty influencer, will no longer be at the front of the program.

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