Elsa Anka's dart to 'First Dates': "There was a preference for a younger replacement"

First Dates is one of the most famous programs on the Spanish small screen.

Oliver Thansan
Oliver Thansan
27 November 2023 Monday 10:28
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Elsa Anka's dart to 'First Dates': "There was a preference for a younger replacement"

First Dates is one of the most famous programs on the Spanish small screen. Every day, dozens of singles come to the space presented by Carlos Sobera in search of their 'better half' to settle down and start a stable romantic relationship.

Although the dates do not always go well, the format dedicated to love has given us 'great moments' in recent years, since all kinds of profiles come and truly comical and surreal situations are created.

In addition to Carlos Sobera, there is a team of permanent workers in the most famous restaurant on television. Although different faces have passed through the set throughout the history of the program, there are some immovable profiles: Carlos Sobera (presenter), Matías Roure (bartender) or Marisa and Cristina Zapata (waitresses).

For her part, Lidia Torrent was one of the most prominent figures in the space, since she acted as a waitress and welcomed the contestants on the program for more than 7 years. When she became pregnant and requested maternity leave, it was her mother, the legendary presenter Elsa Anka, who replaced her.

Once Torrent's leave ran out and she announced that she would not work with Sobera again because she wanted to ''seek new horizons,'' the program decided to dispense with Anka's services and hired Laura Boado, a former contestant on La isla de las temptations.

Last Monday, Anka went to Espejo Público, a program on Antena 3 presented by Susanna Griso, and spoke openly about her departure from TV and how older women have a difficult time in the industry: ''It's very difficult for There is an older woman in a leisure program (...) Society retires you but you don't feel it that way.''

When Griso asked her if she had ever been directly rejected from a project for being "too old," Anka responded that it had never been verbalized to her as such, but that she had felt that way. ''You stop being an object of desire for men,'' she outlined.

At one point in the interview, the presenter asked her guest about the replacement she made for her daughter when she stopped working to be a mother, a moment that Anka remembered with great affection: ''It's very nice, I wish all mothers could to do this, to cover our daughters in maternity.

Although she had an incredible few months, the communicator criticized the Mediaset España program and gave her opinion on why they did not offer her the permanent position: ''I thought it was very nice to be able to cover it while working in the same profession. "She would have followed or I would have followed, but as I told you, there was a preference for a younger replacement."