El Hormiguero

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El Hormiguero
El Hormiguero logo.png
Logo of El Hormiguero
GenreTalk show
Presented byPablo Motos
Country of originSpain
Original language(s)Spanish
Producer(s)Gestmusic (2006–2008)
7 y Acción (2008–present)
Production location(s)Madrid, Spain
Running time120 minutes (2006–2007)
50 minutes (2007–present)
Original networkCuatro (2006–2011)
Antena 3 (2011–present)
Original releaseSeptember 24, 2006 –
Related showsPeliculeros
External links

El Hormiguero (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 September 17, 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 feature 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 January 16th 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 only to meet bad reviews in both countries. 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
  • 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 January 24, 2017,[26] and she shows the curiosities of China.[27] She replaces Anna Simon after her absence due to she was bussy.[28]
  • Mónica Cruz: She participates in the 12th edition of the programme.[29][30] Her section is called Mónica cool, where she teach how survive in the last trends.[31]
  • Miguel Ángel Revilla[31]
  • Cristina Pardo: His section is called Podría ser peor, where she analyze the hot news.[31]
  • Joaquín Sánchez[31]
  • 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 September 24, 2006 June 3, 2007 1,127,000 9.7%
2 152 September 17, 2007 June 9, 2008 1,747,000 9.7%
3 201 September 1, 2008 June 29, 2009 1,988,000 11%
4 169 August 31, 2009 July 7, 2010 1,610,000 8.7%
5 164 August 26, 2010 June 30, 2011 1,517,000 8.1%
6 Antena 3 180 September 5, 2011 July 12, 2012 2,199,000 11.3%
7 185 September 3, 2012 July 4, 2013 2,254,000 11.2%
8 160 September 2, 2013 July 17, 2014 2,451,000 12.8%
9 162 September 1, 2014 July 9, 2015 2,609,000 13.5%
10 157 August 31, 2015 July 11, 2016 2,887,000 15.4%
11 154 September 5, 2016 July 5, 2017 2,696,000 14.8%
12 150 approx. September 4, 2017[35] July 2018
13 150 approx. September 3, 2018 July 2019
Total 1,642 2006


  1. ^ Celebrities include: Batista (Rey Mysterio was interviewed by the El Hormiguero´s ants in USA) from WWE, sportsmen Dwight Howard, Rudy Fernández, Novak Djokovic, Fernando Alonso and Rafa Nadal, the models Cara Delevingne, Alessandra Ambrosio and Heidi Klum, the astronaut Charles Duke, the writer Dan Brown, the dog trainer Cesar Millan, actors and singers Hugh Jackman, Rob Schneider, Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston, Matt Dallas, Sylvester Stallone and Jennifer Lawrence; Lost stars Matthew Fox and Jorge Garcia; Will Smith, Jaden Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, Jackie Chan, Hugh Grant, Michael C. Hall, Danny DeVito, Jean Reno, Jason Biggs, Seann William Scott, Geraldine and Oona Castilla Chaplin, Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Johnny Knoxville, Tom Cruise, Annabelle Wallis, Sofia Boutella, Emily Blunt, Cameron Diaz, Gary Dourdan, Bradley Cooper, Frat Pack members Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Steve Carell and Will Ferrell, Eva Mendes, Jennifer Connelly, Charlize Theron, Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Clive Owen, Alec Baldwin, Ricardo Darín, Laura Natalia Esquivel, Robert Englund, Mark Wahlberg, Gwyneth Paltrow, Norman Reedus, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds, Richard Gere, Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, the Phelps twins, Russell Crowe, Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Benicio del Toro, Tim Robbins, Jessica Chastain, Ed Harris, Jared Leto, Peter Coyote, Nicole Kidman, Patrick Stewart, Peter Dinklage, Alex Pettyfer and Teresa Palmer, Channing Tatum, House M.D. stars Olivia Wilde and Lisa Edelstein; Orlando Bloom, Vin Diesel, Elsa Pataky, Chris Hemsworth, Dakota Johnson, Jeremy Irons, Leo Bassi, Margot Robbie, Sigourney Weaver, Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez, Mel Gibson, David Hasselhoff, William Dafoe, Elijah Wood, Sasha Grey, Tom Hanks, Harrison Ford, Richard Madden, Drew Barrymore, Timothy Olyphant, Stranger Things stars Millie Bobby Brown and Noah Schnapp, Penelope Cruz, Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Rowan Atkinson, Amanda Seyfried, Justin Timberlake, Ashley Tisdale, the Jonas Brothers, Enrique Iglesias, The Backstreet Boys, McFly, Tokio Hotel, One Direction, Kylie Minogue, Alejandro Sanz, Shakira, Alesha Dixon, Ke$ha, Iggy Pop, Anastacia, Chayanne, Emilia de Poret, Julieta Venegas, Eros Ramazzotti, Chris Isaak, Emeli Sandé, Michel Teló, Gloria Estefan, Lang Lang, Jason Derulo, Ricky Martin, Austin Mahone, Alicia Keys, Pitbull, David Guetta, James Blunt, Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, Juanes, Nelly Furtado, Lenny Kravitz, Duffy, Taylor Swift, Romeo Santos, Carlos Santana, Laura Pausini, Mika, Spandau Ballet, Craig David, Jamie Cullum, Paulina Rubio, Carly Rae Jepsen, young actors and singers Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus, Billy Ray Cyrus, and comedian Sacha Baron Cohen.


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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 November 3, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ El hormiguero bate récord de share y espectadores por segunda semana (in Spanish) Archived 2007-09-29 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Rose d'Or 2009 Winners Archived May 20, 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 2007-09-27 at the Wayback Machine (in Spanish)
  8. ^ David Bisbal de promoción con "Premonición" Archived 2007-10-09 at the Wayback Machine (in Spanish)
  9. ^ Alejandro Sanz y las hormigas (video) Archived 2007-09-29 at the Wayback Machine (in Spanish)
  10. ^ Las secciones de la nueva temporada (Pablo Motos's weblog) (in Spanish)
  11. ^ "Videochat – Flipy (abc.es)" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 11 March 2008. Retrieved 19 September 2019.
  12. ^ "¡Caminaron sobre el agua! (video)". Cuatro (in Spanish). Sogecable, S.A. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 19 September 2019.
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  14. ^ "El Hormiguero consigue el prestigioso Premio Rose D'Or 2009". Cuatro (in Spanish). Sogecable, S.A. 6 May 2009. Archived from the original on 8 May 2009.
  15. ^ "El Hormiguero logra una Rosa de Oro". Telebasura (in Spanish). 6 May 2009. Archived from the original on 9 May 2009. Retrieved 19 September 2019.
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  25. ^ Televisión (2 March 2017). "El Hombre de Negro abandona 'El Hormiguero'". La Vanguardia (in Spanish). Retrieved 11 September 2017.
  26. ^ "Conoce a Yibing, la nueva colaboradora de 'El Hormiguero'". Diez Minutos (in Spanish). 24 January 2017. Retrieved 27 January 2017.
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