Andreas Mikroutsikos: The man who changed the television map and received strong criticism
Successes with numbers of viewers, several friends and even more enemies
"Good evening, dear viewers in Greece, Cyprus and Australia. Today, Monday 10 September at 21.01 the “Big Brother", This global television phenomenon, begins on Ant1. It is a fact". With these words, Andreas Mikroutsikos, in the distant 2001, welcomed the television audience in his new -then- professional step. A pioneering step for the time, since until that moment the word "reality" was for Greek viewers just another entry in the dictionary.
The specific time, however, Monday 10 September and 21.01 at night, was much more than another TV work by Andreas Mikroutsikos. It was the moment that Presenter, gave the start signal to start the change in the habits of the viewers. From that moment and in the next three seasons that followed, Andreas Mikroutsikos changed the television map forever.
He introduced the viewers to the reality shows, which since then, have become an integral part of each channel that του respects its image. Maybe the Andreas Mikroutsikos to be identified in the television consciousness of the world with "Big Brother", but it is not the only "advanced" movement.
As a true Gemini, (for those who know from astrology), Andreas Mikroutsikos has a playful mood, he is smart, he wants to gather knowledge and experiences, to learn all the rules but not to always follow them.
Graduate mathematician, with a square mind (his favorite phrase he often uses: "It's just math!"), Musician, composer, radio producer, singer and finally presenter.
Born in Patras in 1952, Andreas Mikroutsikos began his career as a composer and later as a singer. Songs that bear his signature and quite a few his voice, are heard to this day. Cyclops, Lost Island , LoveLightning, and As much asTurnsthe earth are some of the things that are still sung softly by the nostalgia of love.
A landmark moment for his career but also for that of Sofia Bossou, is in 1991, when they are in Rome for her music competition Eurovision and represent Greece with the song "Spring".
His television career began in 1992 through the Mega frequency and the "Big Bazaar". From the first moment it will be seen that Andreas Mikroutsikos came to stay and give "identity" to what he does.
"When I was doing the 'Bazaar', the English official came and said to me: 'Look at something, here you will be a traffic warden. We will show the player a plan and the gift a plan ". And exactly the success of the "Grand Bazaar" was that I abolished the doctrine of the English. To the Englishman, after he spoke to me for half an hour and said such things, I told him: I do not speak English ", Andreas Mikroutsikos will say in an earlier TV interview, confirming what we wrote before… He likes to know the rules but not to always follows them.
In 1993, she manages to break the "barren" of the morning zone and prove that the breakfast shops are not a woman's business. "Smile, it is contagious" came out on its "air" Mega and managed to become a phrase that is still heard today.
Andreas Mikroutsikos in 1996 gets a transfer for him Ant1. A transcript that monopolized the interest of television reporting and was discussed like no other until then. Starts presenting the social show "Finally together". Despite the storm of negative comments he receives, both he and the show for its content, AGB motorcycles "weigh red".
This particular show lasts for four years, but the immovable Andreas Mikroutsikos has not been left in the presentation of only one project these years. It also presents video games such as "Men ready for anything", "Now it's your turn", "Do it or not" and "Treasury".
In 2001, Andreas Mikroutsikos presented the first reality of Greek television, "Big Brother". He remained at the helm of the show for all three seasons that aired (the third season was renamed "The Wall").
"Big Brother" was crowned the dominator of television programs and Andreas Mikroutsikos the "king of reality". And how could it be otherwise since this particular program managed to touch the outrageous viewing number of 81%.
Two more realities that were presented through the frequency of Ant1, and of course presented by Andreas Mikroutsikos, were "Fame Story"(Where the presenter welcomed the audience and players with the motto:" Famestorites and Famestorites ") but also" Mission ".
In the years of his television career until then, Andreas Mikroutsikos tried his acting skills by "passing" in a serial as a guest. "Eliza and the others", "The pink bubble" and "White House" were the series in which the active presenter had appeared so far.
The diary shows 2004 and Andreas Mikroutsikos transfers to Alpha. His CV includes: "What women want", "Double Play", "The biggest bargain", "We missed him", "Dream Show" and "From the Heart".
In the press wells at that time there was a rumor that there was a "line" to impose an "embargo" on "Dream Show»From rival channels and not to reproduce the content of the show in their shows. True or false, you do not know…
It is worth noting that the winner of the first "Dream Show", in 2004, was the now well-known director, screenwriter, actor and producer, Andreas Georgiou while on "Dream Show The Music" in 2007, Nikos Economopoulos.
"Agathi" for the collaboration of Andreas Mikroutsikos with Alpha is the show "Apo Kardias". The show receives a "rain" of fines from ESR which recommends its transfer to the night zone. The recommendation was not listened to and the show was "cut".
In 2009 he finds Andreas Mikroutsikos in star channel to present "Company with Andreas". Then there is silence. He chooses to isolate himself as there were changes in his personal life but also the fact that he put a wrong signature that caused him financial problems.
On August 29, 2020, 28 years since his first TV appearance and after 11 years of absence from television, Andreas Mikroutsikos came back with a double catalytic role for the project he is in.
The "Big Brother" of the new era returned through the frequency of SKAI, almost 20 years after its first screening, and the eyes of all those who watched the premiere (and the age in their identity testified that they are close or above the second - instead), they were looking for the familiar figure of Andreas Mikroutsikos. The presenter Haris Varthakouris welcomed on the set the "old" who informally handed him the "baton" of the reality show.
Of course, Andreas Mikroutsikos is not on the set in the role of a flowerpot. His role is twofold and catalytic for the evolution of the game and the characters of the players.
A commentator of what is happening in "Big Brother" but also the only one who enters the specially designed communication room in order to talk to the players, to "unlock" them or even to tickle them in order to make them talk and open up.
From the first live of reality, it seemed that the torrent Andreas Mikroutsikos will express his opinion on any issue without being afraid. In fact, it is not a few times that he has been irritated in the "air". «Do you want my opinion or not? If you do not want it, I can roll it up! My opinion is accurate and not to waste it! "I am Andreas Mikroutsikos and I am nobody's idiot" he had shouted at one point in a live of "Big Brother" causing chaos on the set, to the players who were online live at the time but also embarrassment to Harry Varthakouris who had taken over for another plays the role of firefighter.