Eva Jinek would do well to make her talk show a little more Today Inside-like, advises American connoisseur Raymond Mens. “She has to form a kind of threesome every night.”

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    Raymond Mens, who regularly joins Today Inside as an American connoisseur, thinks that Eva Jinek could learn a thing or two from the men of VI. He points out that combining three regular faces – Wilfred Genee, Johan Derksen and René van der Gijp – in combination with two changing guests works very well.

    Eve in a threesome

    Eva should also think about that, says Raymond in the podcast Content Wars. “If you look at Jinek, you can see that she brought in Roelof Hemmen. I don’t understand why they put Roelof Hemmen in a corner behind the bar. Put that man at the table. And put someone else at the table, so that you form a kind of trio every day.”

    What should that trio consist of? “From someone who explains more, someone who gives his opinion more and Eva who then talks it together. And then you look for one or two good guests. Then you have not necessarily copied the format of VI, because that is very different, but then I think you create a kind of cozy living room feeling.”

    Barend & Van Dorp

    It would therefore be more similar to the former hit show of RTL 4, Barend & Van Dorp, according to Raymond. “You don’t have to copy Today Inside one-two-three and that atmosphere is also difficult, but take, for example, what those talk shows all started with in the past: Barend & Van Dorp.”

    He continues: “I ran into Frits Barend somewhere recently and then I also talked to Frits about the fact that Barend & Van Dorp often had only two guests. You had the standard, namely three men: Frits Barend, Henk van Dorp and Jan Mulder, and sometimes Frits Wester was there as a political interpreter and there was a main guest. This was it.”

    Better formula

    That works much better than a whole load of new guests every night, says Raymond. “I think that is a much better formula, because then you also have to invite far fewer guests every night.”

    He concludes: “Barend & Van Dorp often had a forty-minute interview with one person. Where do you still see that? This also allows you to distinguish yourself from VI, for example.”