El Hormiguero

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El Hormiguero
GenreTalk show
Puppet Show
Presented byPablo Motos
Opening theme"El Hormiguero Cuatro Intrumental" (2006–2011). "El Hormiguero 3.0 Intrumental" (2011–present)
Ending theme"Vete A Dormir" (2007–2010). "Vete A Dormir Intrumental" (2010–2011). "El Hormiguero 3.0 Intrumental" (2011–present)
Country of originSpain
Original languageSpanish
ProducersGestmusic (2006–2008)
7 y Acción (2008–present)
Production locationsMadrid, Spain
Running time120 minutes (2006–2007)
50 minutes (2007–present)
Original networkCuatro (2006–2011)
Antena 3 (2011–present)
Original release24 September 2006 (2006-09-24)
Related showsPeliculeros
External links

El Hormiguero ([el ormiˈɣeɾo], Spanish for "The Anthill") is a Spanish television program with a live audience focusing on comedy, science, and guest interviews running since September 2006. It is hosted and produced by screenwriter Pablo Motos. The show aired on Spain's Cuatro channel from launch until June 2011 and is now broadcast on Antena 3.[1] Recurring guests on the show include Luis Piedrahita, Raquel Martos, Marron & El Hombre de Negro ("The Man in Black") (the scientists), and puppet ants Trancas and Barrancas (from the Spanish expression "a trancas y barrancas," which means "in fits and starts"). It has proved a ratings success, and has expanded from a weekly 120-minute show to a daily 40-minute show in its third season, which began on 17 September 2007.[2][3][4] The show won the Entertainment prize at the 2009 Rose d'Or ceremony.[5]


The show is based on an earlier radio program, broadcast on M80 Radio, called No Somos Nadie ("We Are Nobody"). This show continued until June 2007, when Pablo Motos announced that he would be leaving the program to allow the daily production of El Hormiguero.[6] No Somos Nadie returned in September 2007 with new on-air talent, since most of the old show's talent were part of the television show.[7]

Barrancas (left) and Trancas (right) sing along with the show's rap

Segments on the show included scientific experiments, like a car running on vegetable oil, hangover cures, a superconductivity demonstration, and various chemical reaction demonstrations. Each episode features a satirical rap, commentary on current events, and humorous phrases as spoken by children. Other segments include pitches for viewers to plant trees and "El Kiosco", a section of magazine reviews. The show also airs parodies of other media, which have included Back to the Future, Pop Idol, House M.D., and Mission: Impossible. Each episode features a celebrity guest, including Boris Izaguirre, David Bisbal,[8] Alejandro Sanz,[9] Paulina Rubio, and numerous international celebrities such as Miley Cyrus, Sergio Dalma, Ashley Tisdale or Hugh Jackman. Special guests on the show are sometimes involved throughout the episode, including taking part in the various stunts and science experiments. A number of changes to the show, including new segments such as a webcam call-in portion from viewers, were planned for the upcoming format change in the third season, however this segment and some others like training of wild monkeys were removed, the first one due to the amount of time needed and the second one due to low popularity among the audience.

A segment that was later introduced is "Extreme Survival", that features "El maestro empanao" (which roughly translates as "Master Dumbass") Marron and the host Pablo Motos testing out tips and hints on how to survive extreme situations or conditions (such as how to survive being overrun by a car, trapped in a falling lift, attacked by a pack of wolves, etc.). Another segment includes Trancas and Barrancas making fun of the day's news.[10] A satirical news show in which puppets read the news, Las noticias del guiñol, formerly aired on Cuatro.

International attention[edit]

Pablo Motos presenting at El Hormiguero

The show first received international attention in 2006 for having people walk across a swimming pool filled with a non-Newtonian fluid, a suspension of cornstarch and water called oobleck, that was mixed in a cement truck.[11] This experiment was performed in an October 2006 episode of the show and was repeated with a new batch of oobleck on the Christmas Eve special episode due to its popularity.[12] In 2007, Cuatro signed an agreement with YouTube that allows clips from Cuatro programs, including El Hormiguero, to be showcased on the site.[13] In 2009, El Hormiguero was awarded as the best entertainment program in the international Rose d'Or awards.[14] The win was the fourth time a Spanish program has received the award, the first since 1994.[15]

Since 2008, the show has received a large number of appearances from international celebrities.[note 1][16][17][18]

In addition, sometimes, Pablo Motos moved to other countries for interviewing notable people in them. This was the case of the interviews conducted by Motos to Hugh Laurie (in Los Angeles), to Rey Misterio (in United States) or Will Smith and Jaden Smith (in his fourth and second interview with Motos, respectively, in London). Also interview Will Smith with Margot Robbie.[19]

After Jesse Eisenberg spoke negatively about his experience as guest on El Hormiguero, in an interview with Conan O'Brien on TBS's Conan,[20] Pablo Motos gave a humorous retort to the actor and the American talk-show host from the Spanish program.[21]

In 2011, El Hormiguero was nominated to an International Emmy Award in the Non-scripted entertainment category, but didn't win.

As told in the 16 January broadcast, Pablo Motos was offered Santiago Segura's Spanish character on Jack & Jill by Adam Sandler himself, who has been a guest on El Hormiguero on several occasions. Motos couldn't speak English, so the offer flustered him, but when he was ready to decline it, some of the show producers spoke with Sandler about the idea, reaching an agreement: They would send a screen test with Pablo performing his lines, learned by phonetic sounds. Jorge Ventosa, one of the producers, performed Sandler's female role. Motos and Segura (who is a frequent collaborator) decided to broadcast the audition during an interview on the programme, promoting the release of the movie.

In 2009, Siete y Acción licensed the show's format to Grundy Italy, an Italian production company, to produce a local version of the show.[22] Also in 2009, a Chilean and a Brazilian versions were produced. In 2010 was released the Mexican version of the talkshow. It was produced during two seasons but was unexpectedly canceled during the second seasons due austerity plan of Azteca TV.[23] In 2013 there was an attempt by Will Smith to move the format to the United States, which acquired the rights, showing interest in the NBC or CBS networks, but it did not materialize.[24]


  • Pablo Motos – Himself – Host
  • Juan Ibáñez Pérez – Himself – Trancas Petancas
  • Damián Molla Herman – Himself – Barrancas
  • Pablo Ibáñez Pérez – El Hombre de Negro (The Man in Black). He left the program in March 2017.[25]
  • Enrique Pérez Vergara – "Flipy", El científico loco (The Mad Scientist) (Until 5th season)
  • Jandro – Super-Fan, El experto en todo (The expert in everything) and Contador de chistes con carteles (Jokes with posters) (5th season)
  • Mario Vaquerizo – Himself
  • Raquel Martos González – Herself
  • Luis PiedrahitaEl rey de las cosas pequeñas (The King of Little Things) and "Mago que revela sus propios trucos" (Magician that reveals his own tricks) (5th season)
  • Jorge Marrón Martín – El Maestro Empanao (The Dumbass Master), "El efecto mariposa" (The Butterfly effect), "El científico" (5th Season, The Scientist)
  • Yibing: She first appeared on 24 January 2017,[26] and she shows the curiosities of China.[27] She replaces Anna Simon after her absence.[28]
  • Mónica Cruz: She participates in the 12th edition of the programme.[29][30] Her section is called Mónica cool, where she teaches how to survive in the last trends.[31]
  • Juan Del Val
  • Cristina Pardo: Her section is called Podría ser peor and tertulia
  • Joaquín Sánchez
  • Cristina Pedroche[32]
  • Antonio Resines:[33] His section is called "El juez Resines".[34]


Season Channel Episodes Release Final Audience
Viewers Share
1 Cuatro 35 24 September 2006 3 June 2007 1,127,000 9.7%
2 152 17 September 2007 9 June 2008 1,747,000 9.7%
3 201 1 September 2008 29 June 2009 1,988,000 11%
4 169 31 August 2009 7 July 2010 1,610,000 8.7%
5 164 26 August 2010 30 June 2011 1,517,000 8.1%
6 Antena 3 180 5 September 2011 12 July 2012 2,199,000 11.3%
7 185 3 September 2012 4 July 2013 2,254,000 11.2%
8 160 2 September 2013 17 July 2014 2,451,000 12.8%
9 162 1 September 2014 9 July 2015 2,609,000 13.5%
10 157 31 August 2015 11 July 2016 2,887,000 15.4%
11 154 5 September 2016 5 July 2017 2,696,000 14.8%
12 161 4 September 2017[35] July 2018 2.783.000 15,0%
13 163 3 September 2018 July 2019 2.561.000 14,4%
14 162 2 September 2019 2 July 2020 3.906.000
15 7 September 2020 12 July 2021
Total 2.116 2006

Notes Guest international and Spanish[edit]

  1. ^ Celebrities include: Batista (Rey Mysterio was interviewed by the El Hormiguero´s ants in USA) from WWE, sportsmen Dwight Howard, Sergio Ramos, Iñaki Williams, Baptista and Roberto Carlos, Rudy Fernández, Ona Carbonell, Carlos Sainz, Carlos Sainz Jr., Novak Djokovic, Fernando Alonso, Roberto Bautista and Rafa Nadal, motorcycle Toni Elías, Jorge Lorenzo, Joan Mir, Marc Marquez and Alex Marquez, the politicians Albert Rivera, Mariano Rajoy, Pablo Iglesias, Pedro Sánchez and Miguel Angel Revilla, the models Cara Delevingne, Sara Sampaio, Karlie Kloss, Alessandra Ambrosio, Heidi Klum and Adriana Karembeu, the astronaut Charles Duke, the writer Dan Brown, the dog trainer Cesar Millan, actors Will Smith, Jaden Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, Jackie Chan, Margot Robbie, Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, Martin Lawrence; Lost stars Matthew Fox and Jorge Garcia; House M.D. stars Olivia Wilde and Lisa Edelstein; Hugh Jackman, Rob Schneider, Matt Dallas, Sylvester Stallone, Hugh Grant, Michael C. Hall, Jean Reno, Jason Biggs, Seann William Scott, Geraldine, Oona Castilla Chaplin, Johnny Knoxville, Tom Cruise, Annabelle Wallis, Sofia Boutella, Emily Blunt, Ana de Armas, Cameron Diaz, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Gary Dourdan, Eva Mendes, Jennifer Connelly, Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Charlize Theron, Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Clive Owen, Alec Baldwin, Ricardo Darín, Elisabeth Moss, Jamie Bell, Reese Witherspoon, Laura Natalia Esquivel, Robert Englund, Danny DeVito, Rami Malek, Mark Wahlberg, Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Norman Reedus, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Jennifer Aniston, Denzel Washington, Dolph Lundgren, Jeremy Irons, Ryan Reynolds, Richard Gere, Vincent Cassel, Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, the Phelps twins, Eddie Redmayne, Liam Neeson, Callum Turner, Russell Crowe, Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Oscar Jaenada, Mario Casas, Amaia Salamanca, Blanca Suarez, Jose Coronado, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Liam Cunningham, Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson and Jennifer Lawrence, Olivia Munn, Boyd Holbrook, Benicio del Toro, Tim Robbins, Jessica Chastain, Adriana Karembeu, Ed Harris, Matthew McConaughey, Woody Allen, Ernesto Alterio, Peter Coyote, Nicole Kidman, Elsa Pataky, Marvel Cinematic Universe stars Chris Hemsworth, Tom Holland, Chris Pratt and Bradley Cooper, Gwyneth Paltrow, Debi Mazar, Patrick Stewart, Bryan Cranston, Peter Dinklage, Alex Pettyfer and Teresa Palmer, Channing Tatum, Orlando Bloom, Vin Diesel, Dakota Johnson, Leo Bassi, Kennet Branagh, Richard Madden, Willem Dafoe, Sigourney Weaver, Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez, Ed Skrein, Mel Gibson, David Hasselhoff, William Dafoe, Elijah Wood, Sasha Grey, Tom Hanks, Sharon Stone, Harrison Ford, Richard Madden, Drew Barrymore, Timothy Olyphant, Stranger Things stars David Harbour, Millie Bobby Brown and Noah Schnapp, Penelope Cruz, Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Rowan Atkinson, Amanda Seyfried, Lorenzo Lamas, Emma Stone, Andrew Garfield, Jesse Eisenberg and Justin Timberlake, singers Jonas Brothers, Enrique Iglesias, Backstreet Boys, McFly, Tokio Hotel, One Direction, David Bisbal, India Martinez, La Oreja De Van Gogh, Carlos Baute, Kylie Minogue, Alejandro Sanz, Shakira, Alesha Dixon, Ashley Tisdale, Ke$ha, Iggy Pop, Anastacia, Chayanne, Isabel Pantoja, Emilia de Poret, Julieta Venegas, Norah Jones, Pablo Alboran, Camilo, Ava Max, Eros Ramazzotti, Monica Naranjo, Chris Isaak, Anitta, Salvador Sobral, Rosalia, Milow, Craig David, Emeli Sandé, Fleur East, Cecilia Bartoli, Michel Teló, Lang Lang, Miguel Bose, Carlos Vives, Amaia Montero, David Summers (Hombres G), Jason Derulo, Edurne, Melody, Ricky Martin, Austin Mahone, La Quinta Estacion, Danna Paola, Alicia Keys, Pitbull, David Guetta, Raffaella Carrà, Carla Bruni, Bob Sinclar, Ella Baila Sola, James Blunt, Meghan Trainor, Raphael, Sebastian Yatra, Ed Sheeran, Lali Esposito, Billy Ray Cyrus, Pimpinela, Luis Fonsi, Melendi, Juanes, Jeanette, Nathy Peluso, Sergio Dalma, Gloria Estefan, Maná, The Baseballs, Juan Luis Guerra, Nelly Furtado, Lenny Kravitz, Duffy, 30 Seconds to Mars members Jared Leto; Taylor Swift, Romeo Santos, Andres Calamaro, La Toya Jackson, Carlos Santana, Michael Buble, LMFAO, Laura Pausini, Mika, King Africa, Christopher Cross, Jose Luis Perales, Camila Cabello, Jamie Cullum, Paulina Rubio, Carly Rae Jepsen, 80s singers Rick Astley, Spandau Ballet, Bonnie Tyler and Ana Torroja, reggaeton singers Daddy Yankee, Maluma, Ozuna, Rauw Alejandro Nicky Jam and J Balvin young actors Dafne Keen singers Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez, Alfred Garcia, Lola Indigo, Ana Mena, Becky G, Ana Guerra, Aitana, Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus and comedias Adam Sandler, Frat Pack Members Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson and Will Ferrell, Santiago Segura, Florentino Fernández, José Mota, Sacha Baron Cohen, Los Morancos, Joaquín Reyes, Ernesto Sevilla, Raúl Cimas, Carlos Latre, Andreu Buenafuente, Toni Acosta, David Broncano and Enrique San Francisco.


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  2. ^ El Hormiguero pasará a ser diario (in Spanish)
  3. ^ Trancas: "Hace falta que fichemos a una hormiga con un buen culo" (in Spanish) Archived 3 November 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ El hormiguero bate récord de share y espectadores por segunda semana (in Spanish) Archived 29 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Rose d'Or 2009 Winners Archived 20 May 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Se acabó No Somos Nadie (in Spanish)
  7. ^ Celia Montalbán sustituirá a Pablo Motos en la cadena M80 Archived 27 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine (in Spanish)
  8. ^ David Bisbal de promoción con "Premonición" Archived 9 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine (in Spanish)
  9. ^ Alejandro Sanz y las hormigas (video) Archived 29 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine (in Spanish)
  10. ^ Las secciones de la nueva temporada (Pablo Motos's weblog) (in Spanish)
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