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27 January 2012

Understand What Men Want @ NTV7 Ep. 1 Review

It is said that women are complicated creatures. Have you ever thought that perhaps men are just as equally complicated and complex as the fairer sex? If not, this is a good opportunity for you to get to learn the wants, feelings and desires of the male gender when faced with all sorts of situations. Perhaps some would think that men can only relate to sexualised issues, but this myth will be debunked with ntv7’s latest reality series ‘What Men Want’. Beginning 28th January, every Saturday at 10 p.m., six men with completely different perspectives and personalities guide you through the intimate details of their lives as they pursue what they want in life.

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Behind (L-R) - Mai Fernandez, Content Supervisor, Tan Yin Yin, Producer, Airin Zainul, Group GGM ntv7 & 8TV, Ahmad Izham Omar, COO TV Networks, MPB & CEO Primeworks, Emilya Ab. Rahim, Brand Manager ntv72


From the producers of the award-winning reality show, "What Women Want", this execution is a departure from that format. Local production house phoSumpro! brings a breath of fresh air into the well-established reality show genre. Committed to finding an avenue to let men honestly express themselves, the production house has stripped the show of judges, rewards and competition. There is no ultimate winner to be found here.

According to Ms. Airin Zainul, Group General Manager of ntv7 & 8TV, What Men Want is the first of its kind in Malaysia with unique and distinctive format that will surely keep its viewers entertained.

“We had a number of shows last year which focused on women. This year, we will balance it up with more men oriented programmes and what better way to kick-start it with What Men Want,” said Airin at the press conference held in ecoba Restaurant today.

What Men Want is a unique format, following the lives of 6 men from walks of life that are worlds apart. Far from being just another dating show, What Men Want truly investigates the ongoing debate. It will be a fresh and new experience for viewers, peeking into the lives of these men. The objective is to keep generalisations and stereotypes out of the picture. Instead, What Men Want offers a fresh perspective, as these men take on the task to courageously showcase 3-months of their lives to the rest of Malaysia. Audiences at home will see how the different mindsets of each man take to the realities of life that are pitted against them.

Content Supervisor Mai Fernandez says:

“Relationships merely skim the surface of what this show has to offer. There are neither judges to impress nor prizes to be won. The show is a social observation where each of the 6 participants move about in their daily routine with 2-3 cameras in tow. Three months of shoot yielded so much footage that have to be filtered to piece together compelling hour-long episodes. ”



Through months of careful searching and well-thought out selection, the final 6 guys make up the best possible combination to represent the different segments of Malaysian men. Their personalities spread wide across the various sectors of society, allowing viewers to relate to the experiences they have to share. What Men Want rummages through the most intimate phases of the male feelings, thinking and above all the mind. Issues at the work place, highly confidential family backgrounds, hidden intentions and even down to the contents of a personal diary, the show is peppered with twists and surprises that will stir its followers. Having the guys live together in one house throughout this period, the show has encouraged these men to form a social forum among themselves to share their answers and opinions to the long-standing question.

Producer Tan Yin Yin says that this program was able to capture the six men just being themselves. “Initially, all the participants were very image conscious and camera-aware, but as they became accustomed to the setup day in and day out, the awkwardness and façade faded. Multiple cameras were running throughout the production, some in plain sight, others hidden or shot from afar. Various lightweight and portable rigs were constructed to accommodate all possible shooting conditions with inconspicuous setups. This was important in the execution as it gave the men their breathing room throughout the 3 months.”


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Gerrit @ What Men Want
Gerrit is one guy who knows how to play his game, and claims to always get what he wants. He talks the talk and walks the walk. Some may see him as the full-on player with a heart of stone. But then again, What Men Want stands away from creating stereotypes.


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Fendi @ What Men Want
Fendi gives us a taste of Mafia-styled confidentiality and lavishness. At times, he might even come across as an overly conceited snob, but also proves himself to be a man with a big heart. Why would a man like him end up joining a reality show? To break away from his mould perhaps.


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Narmi @ What Men Want
Some may insist that romance never leaves the comfort of human feelings and emotions. Singer-songwriter Narmi is out to prove this. Ever enjoying the emotional rollercoaster of being in love, he would do nothing less than to make his girl the star of his fairytale. Despite facing heartaches and rejections, his perception of love has yet to change. Away from his devotion to the female species, he shows to be nothing less than a good friend.


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Kit @ What Men Want
Kit lives by the motivation that nothing comes before his mother. The filial son has his life going turbulence-free. With the support of his mother's thoughtful guidance and the long lasting love of his high school sweetheart, Kit shares his nearly perfect life with the rest of Malaysia.


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Ken @ What Men Want
At first sight, Ken comes across as a tough samseng you wouldn't want to mess with. But he is probably the one with a heart as soft as a marshmallow, Ken shows us that men are as sensitive and mellow as women claim themselves to be. Self-appraisal seems to be irrelevant in his daily agenda, but his highly observant nature leaves him with plenty of stories to tell. His unconditional dedication to his time consuming girlfriend sets him apart from the generalised perception of chauvinistic macho men.


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Wolfie @ What Men Want
Lastly, Imran or more commonly known as Wolfie is the full-on clown. A very lively, bubbly and sometimes annoying character, his cheeky ways adds the comical ingredient into the group. He is the one guy who doesn't seem to have a distinct purpose in life, he represents those who are facing a transition in life filled with indecision that is muffled by a carefree outlook.

The beautiful Deanna Yusoff hosts the show. Content Supervisor Mai Fernandez and Producer Tan Yin Yin say she was invaluable on shoot.
“Her maturity, quick perception, insight on the subject matter and natural elegance makes her a perfect fit for the show. We’re really lucky to have her on board.”

“In this show we clearly see that there is no one answer to what men want. It’s not just about sex, flashy cars or money. Men do have feelings; men can change; men do care about a lot of other things and are just as complex as us, women. The show captures these moments because they are filmed in intimate situations.” says Deanna Yusoff.

This reality series has 13 one-hour-long episodes that will delve deeper into the male psyche and serve as a jumpstart to social discussions. It is time to experience reality TV on a whole new level with ‘What Men Want’ starting 28th January, every Saturday at 10 p.m. only on ntv7, the Home of Feel Good.




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Courtesy of NTV7, I was one of the person given privileges to watch the premiere of What Men Want before other people does. Overall, I like how phoSumpro manage to record these live stories down without forgetting the artistic angle of capturing motion images. It does looks like a TV Series/movie BUT with real-life stories. All 6 guys do have different characteristics, let's start from the most attractive guy name Gerrit. He looks like a playboy for me and really proud of what he did and that's why fire sparks were ignited when he meet Fendi, a guy who sounds reliable and responsible with everything he do. In WMW Episode 1, it seems like Fendi was trying to make a change in his life.

Talking about Narmi (Imran) a Zee Avi type singer, he said he is a guy who definite love as below "I like the feeling of being hurt(heart) and then when reach the moment of happiness it makes you feel even more being loved". Maybe what Imran means is if there isn't any sadness in your love relationship, you won't be appreciate the happiest moment that happened with your girlfriend? Together with Wolfie, a playful sneaky guy who likes to do something very different to grab your attention. Wolfie looks like having a "secret mission" in WMW along the 3 months and I guess nobody manage to guess what he would do in the next step. A guy who is as complicate as a girl.

Kit, a guy who respect and love his mom very much. In Episode 1 it reveals that he doesn't want his girlfriend to go out and work to earn for money as Kit think it is his responsibility to take care of both mom and his girlfriend. Last but not least, Ken, a super loving guy that would follow almost everything that his girlfriend want him to do. In WMW Episode 1, Ken never complain although her girlfriend was late, he looks like a very good follower among the crowd but Kit doesn't like the situation where he feels Ken was treated like a puppy that serve his master well.

What would happen when 6 different type of guy are gathered to live together for 3 months? Surely you will able to see what men want and what happened when they have different perspective.
For updates and more information, follow ntv7 What Men Want on Twitter [@ntv7wmw] and What Men Want Facebook, or log on to www.ntv7.com.my/whatmenwant.

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(L-R) Fendi, Ken, Kit, Wolfie, Narmi, Gerrit @ What Men Want Press Conference
The Wants and Desires of Men Revealed


So ladies, what type of guy do you prefer? An attractive guy that is very sociable and playful? A mature & confident guy but reluctant to make a change? A singer that can sing you sweet songs everyday? A responsible guy that love his mom as much (or even more) as he love you? A very adorable boyfriend that do what ever you ask/order? To know more about What Men Want, stay tune to the premiere on 28th January, Saturday at 10 p.m or watch it online on www.TonTon.com.my.

PS: All above pictures are credits to the official photographer of NTV7. I did took some pictures but it is not with me now. If you wanna see more photos, comment below kay? Haha!

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