Presenter Marlijn Weerdenburg delves into the world of sand art for the program Aan 't Zand at Omroep MAX. Everyone has done building a sand castle on the beach, but creating entire works of art out of grains of sand is only for a select group.
"When the program came my way, I actually had no image of the world of sand artists and I had to think mainly of people with a bucket and shovel", Weerdenburg tells NU.nl. "It didn't appeal to me immediately, until I started to delve into the vast world behind it."
Aan 't Zand is broadcasted by Omroep MAX, which with programs such as MAX vacationer and We are almost there! attracts millions of people.
Weerdenburg naturally hopes that her program will also be a success, but does not try to focus too much on ratings. "Then you are paralyzed, while I had such a good time during those two weeks of the recording. I don't feel that pressure from the broadcaster," she says.
"I think it's a shame if a program piece is mounted"
Weerdenburg admits that she did get nervous after promising. She already presented De Nieuwe Lekkerbek with André van Duin, but this is the first presentation job for Omroep MAX that she is performing on her own. "I think it is an honor and I take it very seriously. I want to do everything as well as possible, so that caused some sleepless nights in which I wondered if I could do it."
The presenter, actress and singer does not dare to explain the recent success of Omroep MAX programs such as We are Almost there! and Thinking of Holland , but it does explain why she likes to look at it herself. "It's all a bit slower in terms of editing and I like slow TV . You see real conversations that also include silences."
"I can appreciate the cuddlyness, because it is typically Dutch. The programs are recognizable from everyday life and it doesn't have to be faster with more stars. I think it is a shame if a program is completely dismantled."
"I don't need to venture into the sand art myself"
In its new program, six Dutch sand artists compete against each other in four episodes, with one participant always dropping off until the winner is known.
"In each episode, the participants have to do two assignments, the larger one taking between twelve and sixteen hours. Sometimes we were running for two days. I then walk in between to get to know the artists better and to have a conversation with Sometimes I was even allowed to help, even though I was raking more sand than actually tinkering with the artworks, "she laughs.
Weerdenburg therefore does not have the ambition to work with sand itself. "The artists told me that I would get the virus on my own, but that didn't actually happen. I admire enormously what they are doing and would like to make a second season like that, but I don't have to take the risk myself. is really very difficult, especially for someone who cannot design and draw like me. On vacation my boyfriend made all the sandcastles with our son. Then I can lie down and read a book. "
Aan 't Zand can be seen on NPO1 from 4 September for four weeks on Wednesday at 8.30 p.m.