In almost every Farmen celebrity season, some of the participants choose to stretch the rules, and the 2022 version is no exception.
Good evening Norway can reveal that there was extensive smuggling on the Farm, and in the center was the winner of “Norway’s toughest”: Isak Dreyer.
He literally went the extra mile to get goodies into the yard, and when he visits the studio with Heine Totland, they put the cards on the table.
– It was quite simple when we first found the method, Dreyer explains, before Totland takes over to tell how the friend got food and drink into the farm.
– Isak rows over the water, and runs through the forest until he hits a road. Then he stops the first car that comes, and there sits a couple of 19-year-old girlfriends. Then he says: “Do you want to earn 15,000 kroner?”, Totland says.
Chocolate, kebabs, wine and spirits
The couple wanted to make money, and received a shopping list from Dreyer. They agreed where the goods were to be placed, and that they received payment as soon as the participants gained access to their telephone.
– Then Isak ran in shuttle traffic back and forth through the forest there, and it was a long way to that road, Totland says.
– Yes, it was another six kilometers to that road. You have to work to get things done, Dreyer confirms.
On the first shopping list that the 19-year-olds received from Dreyer, it said a lot differently.
– Ten chocolate bars, six kebab rolls, six liters of red wine, six liters of alcohol, two kilos of coffee, two liters of juice and oil, Dreyer says.
Has paid over 30,000
Niklas Silseth Baarli says that they became “happy” in there, and that trying and smuggling things into the farm became very important to them.
– Yes, and you got bored sometimes. Getting there was my excitement in everyday life. Getting to the illegal is fantastic fun, Dreyer adds.
When it comes to how many thousands it ended up in expenses, Silseth Baarli looks deceptively at host colleague Sophie Elise Isachsen, who has obviously taken the bill. She laughs and does not want to go out with the sum.
– But was it over 30,000?
– Yes ..
– Over 40.000?
– Now I will not say more, laughs Isachsen.
Dreyer adds that it was a good summer job for the 19-year-olds.
– I told them that there is a risk here, but that’s the case with good dealers. I said they had to pay for the goods until we were done.
Totland did not like the wine
Furthermore, the gang says that they had several pleasant evenings with red wine, spirits and bonfires.
– It went a bit down on the beach there. It was an evening where we sat and drank wine around the fire, and the night watchman came and took the can, Silseth Baarli remembers.
Totland says that he had gone to bed when Dreyer came to take him to a wine night. However, he chose to decline the offer when he realized that the 19-year-olds had bought wine from the brand “Gato Negro”.
– When we hear what sums you have spent on this, it is very fun to know that what they fixed was three liters with Gato Negro. They should have the most possible profit, laughs Silseth Baarli.
The production is said to have confiscated the alcohol several times, but they never managed to find out how the participants got it smuggled in.
Participants appeared intoxicated
Good evening Norway has contacted TV 2 to hear what they knew about this smuggling, and why it did not have consequences for those involved. They confirm that early in the production they became aware that some of the participants had tried to obtain goods from outside.
– Among other things, by trying to bribe extras on the market. We did not discover that they actually succeeded in bringing in food and alcohol until well into the production, when some of the participants appeared on the farm drunk, says press manager at TV 2, Jan Petter Dahl.
After this episode, what was left of alcohol was seized by the production, they continue.
TV 2 writes that any sanctions must be proportionate for both participants and the production, and asking someone to leave the farm due to a breach of the rules is a very strong sanction.
– As mentioned, it requires that we have all the facts on the table. Often we do not have the whole picture until production is over. We can also not be so strict that we risk ending up in a situation where we ultimately have no participants left, Dahl says.
Have had a conversation with Isak
He adds that they are disappointed with what has happened.
– We had conversations with, among others, Isak, where we explained why this is unfortunate, both for himself and for the format. But for Isak, it was a sport to succeed in cheating the production, and since the Farmen farm is neither completely monitored nor fenced, it is of course possible to succeed if you work hard enough for it.
There was also an ongoing pandemic in Norway when Dreyer sought out outsiders. Jan Petter Dahl adds that all participants were tested to make sure that there was no infection on the farm.
For information, both Good evening Norway’s presenters, Niklas Silseth Baarli and Sophie Elise, participate in this year’s Farmen celebrity.
Read the entire response from TV 2
– We became aware early in the production that some of the participants had tried to obtain goods from the outside, among other things by trying to bribe extras on the market. That they had actually succeeded in bringing in food and alcohol, we did not discover until a good distance into the production, when some of the participants appeared on the farm drunk. After that episode, which some of the other participants found unpleasant, what was left of the alcohol was seized by the production.
– The assessments of what consequences this will have are difficult, and depend on what we know for sure there and then. It is worth remembering that Farmen kjendis is first and foremost an entertainment program, where participants are invited to try out farm life as 100 years ago. The farm is about relationships, collaboration and the interesting meetings and conversations that occur when different people gather. Those who can not do this without benefits from 2022 first and foremost disappoint themselves.
– Any sanctions must be proportionate, both for participants and production. Asking someone to leave the farm due to a rule violation is a very strong sanction, and it requires, as mentioned, that we have all the facts on the table. Often we do not have the whole picture until production is over. Nor can we be so strict that we risk ending up in a situation where we ultimately have no participants left.
– Then of course we are disappointed that this is happening. Making a production like The Farm Celebrity is built on a large degree of mutual trust between the participants and the production. We had conversations with, among others, Isak, where we explained why this is unfortunate, both for himself and for the format. But for Isak, it was a sport to succeed in cheating the production, and since the Farmen farm is neither completely monitored nor fenced, it is of course possible to succeed if you work hard enough for it. Our main focus along the way is to create as good content as possible. We do not want to spend large resources on monitoring and controlling the participants. That said, we regret that some choose to break trust, and this is certainly something we should see undone.
– The participants were quickly tested to assure us that there was no infection on the farm, says press manager at TV 2 Jan Petter Dahl.