What happens when a sleep-deprived Benjamin roams around in sub-zero temperature in Switzerland?
With a glint in the eye, Ben says: “We did so many things. I’m not sure if we can say it on camera. There was a lot of drinking involved. There was a bit of passing out involved.”
Hold your horses. The Sam Willows singer was fooling around in the name of work. He was filming for the original travelogue by streaming site Viu, No Sleep No FOMO. The wacky show challenges celebrities to complete 60 tasks in 60 hours without any sleep.
Ben was promoting the series along with main host Paul Foster, who accompanied a celebrity guest to a different foreign country in each episode. The interactive game show let viewers vote on the tasks they’d think the cast members should take on as they were filming. The madcap missions ranged from sleeping in a haunted hotel in Bali and crashing a wedding in Malaysia.
We got an idea of the challenges posed to the contestants at Wednesday’s press conference—actor-singer Nat Ho chugged down an entire jug of ice milo like a hungry hippo and pulled off K-pop girl group Twice’s TT dance moves.
We find out what our Singapore representatives Ben and Nat Ho got up to in Switzerland and South Korea respectively.
Ben became a bartender in Texas
Nothing beats a glass of alcohol to keep you warm and toasty in chilly Switzerland.
Our tropical boys Ben and Paul found themselves at a bar—as bartenders for a night. Ben hammed it up with a cowboy hat, candy cane inspired glasses and an accent which sounded Texan.
Relating the tipsy shenanigans, Ben says: “We had to… (get) people to drink with us, which is a lot harder than it seems. These men and women in the bar are already considerably drunk. I kept putting on a persona and making it extra (fun). “
“There was this one guy who kept making me do it. It was quite strange. He wouldn’t break eye contact, he kept going one more, one more. I wanted to call my mum.”
Ben channelled his inner Queen
Brit rock band Queen is back in the spotlight. The biopic of its late frontman Freddie Mercury went on a winning streak at the Oscars. The band’s 1975 hit Bohemian Rhapsody is enjoying a revival in popularity and chart success.
Sounds like we’ll have a chance to hear Ben croon the rousing anthem on No Sleep No Fomo.
“We got to go to the studio where Freddie Mercury and Queen recorded one of their albums. We got to stand on the spot where he recorded the album. This guy made me sing the whole of Bohemian Rhapsody,” says Ben as he pointed to Paul accusingly. “He didn’t help at all. Thanks, Paul.”
Ben summited the Toblerone mountain
The next time Ben munches on Toblerone, he’ll have a flashback of himself crying. Why?
The icon on the yellow wrapper is an actual mountain, Matterhorn. Ben found himself moved to tears as he made it to the top of the alp which straddles Switzerland and Italy.
Ben says: “I didn’t expect to get so emotional. I was crying, Paul was crying because I think [the cold] was really attacking his eyes.
“It was peaceful. Then you realise you are [so close to] the sky. It’s like half [the height] of Everest. But you look on your around and you see France, Italy.”
Netizens Made Nat Eat A Penis Worm
Which stomach-wrenching snack would you rather swallow: a live octopus or a penis worm?
We don’t know which is worse, but Nat can tell you how a penis worm tastes since he had to eat the worm—raw—after fans on his social media channels voted for him to try latter. He also had a visual show of the ahjumma (auntie) at the market gutting the wriggling creature as blood splattered in all directions.
Going by Nat’s nauseated look by merely recalling the task, we’re guessing he didn’t take to the Korean delicacy very much.
Perhaps only a native Korean could appreciate a penis worm. Just ask Kim Jong Kook, who was also at the press conference. He says: “I really like it. It’s really chewy. We eat anything in Korea. Those things are good for health.”
Are they #FOMO or #JOMO?
The show’s concept is a fun take on FOMO, “Fear of Missing Out”. FOMO, or “Fear of Missing Out”. The first world syndrome describes the sheer anxiety of missing out on the fun as seen from others’ social media feeds.
Do Ben and Nat suffer from FOMO on a day to day basis?
The millennials said no. Nat says, “We expend a lot of energy at work, I only have so much energy. I need to go home and rest.”
Ben identifies with JOMO, the “Joy of Missing Out”. He says, “I’m JOMO. I love to just bum around at home and Netflix, be in bed. So this show is good for me, it forces me to get out of my box. I’m a creature of habit.”
No Sleep No FOMO premieres on Viu on March 22, new episodes will be available on Viu every Friday from 8pm.
Text: Gwendolyn Ng