With the very last question, Jauch closes the sack. The knowledge of Toni Kroos helps his viewers in "Jauch gegen Welke" to 50,000 euros. After 19 euros in child benefit, a trip to Harvard 40 years ago brought about a turning point.
Günther Jauch rarely uttered such a loud scream on television. However, he was almost lost in the thunderous cheering of the audience - at least half of the audience. The RTL presenter earned 50,000 euros for his fan block in the new edition of his “Jauch gegen …” show on Monday evening. And that in a brilliant race to catch up with "heute-show" frontman Oliver Welke. In the end, everything really boiled down to the last question in the exciting finale. Moderator Oliver Pocher wanted to know from Jauch: who has worn number 25 on their club shirt since 2008 - Thomas Müller or Toni Kroos? The former "Sportstudio" presenter thought briefly. But thanks to a trip to Harvard 40 years ago, this victory could no longer be taken away from him.
In April, those responsible do not seem to have been really satisfied with the new Jauch quiz show. It was fundamentally revised after the test run with "Bergdoktor" actor Hans Sigl. That led to a fundamental disadvantage for Jauch, of all things. RTL saves the second revenge episode in the new edition, in which Jauch was able to compete with a hand-picked celebrity team. So this time only Welke brought three supporters: his "heute-show" colleagues Olaf Schubert and Matthias Matschke as well as sports presenter Katrin Müller-Hohenstein (Bettina Zimmermann was actually announced). "We both survived Oliver Kahn. That connects us," Müller-Hohenstein explained about her nomination by Welke.
He was initially allowed to be supported by one of his fellow campaigners in each main round. In the end, the trio stood by his side. However, this was not always an advantage. In the important round before the finale, Welke had just sorted seven TV series correctly in descending order of the number of their episodes. However, Matschke then pushed "Die Schwarzwaldklinik" before "Knight Rider". That cost his team four points. On the other hand, Jauch single-handedly managed to chronologically classify seven words of the year from the past 20 years. "When was the GroKo?" he asked himself, but then placed it appropriately between "financial crisis" and "refugees". So he went into the final with a 14-point lead over Welke.
In the first half of the quiz show, Jauch was apparently still behind. And again, even the guessing pro lacked perspective given the sometimes overly complicated rules of the game. "Only one? But he got three in the first game," Jauch complained when he finally won his first point. Fortunately, the sovereign Pocher was able to provide perspective again. Jauch also lacked that when it came to the current amount of child benefit. A murmur went through the studio when the 65-year-old agreed that a family with four children currently receives child benefits of 913 euros a year. In reality, this amount is available every month. In a year it would be just 19 euros per child and month.
Towards the end of the show, however, Jauch turned up the heat. This was rewarded by the game principle, because in each new round there were more points than before for each correctly answered question (the opponents took turns). The moderator finally got on the road to victory when asked which trade journal actually existed: "Bienensterben", "Whiskers", "Blutalkohol" or "Besenrein"? Welke had actually decided on "whiskers", so Jauch straddled him with a know-it-all buzzer and started a biographical excursion. "I was at Harvard 40 years ago," Jauch began, which led to annoyed eye rolls in Welke and Pocher. But this anecdote from Jauch's past was worth it. He had visited a friend at the elite university. While strolling through the venerable library, the twenty-something caught the eye of a German-language magazine with a strange title - "Der Blutalkohol". Pocher held a copy up to the camera and explained that it was a publication by the federal government against alcohol and drugs in traffic (BADS).
After that, Jauch was able to extend the lead over Welke and his team lap by lap. In the last question of the final, his well-founded knowledge of sports was appropriately in demand. Jauch had determined that he would be able to answer at least eight out of ten questions correctly in the "The ball is round" section. Welke didn't want to top that. Everything initially pointed to a march through. Jauch was correct on the first seven questions, including the assumption that Diego Maradona's shirt and not Zinedine Zidane's number 10 shirt had been auctioned in May for a record sum of over eight million euros.
But then Jauch made a mistake in the next two multiple-choice rounds. So the last question decided whether his half of the studio audience could split 50,000 euros among themselves or whether Welke's viewers were allowed to cheer. Again it was about a jersey number, this time 25 for a German soccer star. "That's Thomas Müller, although I don't know which number, but I think Kroos has a number under eleven," Jauch was right. Since the former national player's fifth Champions League title - and the canceled ZDF interview - at the weekend, this fact should be even more present to football fans. Jauch will face the next opponent on Whit Monday. This time, chef Horst Lichter wants to prove that he can beat the "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?" veteran.