Even the children's birthday party overwhelms the candidates for "Who wants to be a millionaire?". One after the other crashes in the Zocker Special. Will someone come over 1000 euros? Not only Günther Jauch is asking himself that. Luckily there's the 19-year-old punter.
"Big" was in this gambler special from "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?" (WWM) above all the disappointment with Günther Jauch. "Laughing and crying are really close together in this show," the host stated resignedly at some point on Tuesday evening. His modest hope that "someone could slowly get over 1000" was disappointed again and again. Four of the six candidates of the evening fell down to the security level of 1000 euros. Recuperation, the date line and even the age at the birthday left the contenders at a loss for the two million euros.
Three crashes in a row set the tone for the first half of the extra long edition. Perhaps it was already a bad omen that in the first selection round only five of the eight applicants were able to assign their correct party to the top candidates in the Bundestag. Jeffrey Paulus from Düsseldorf hit it first. When asked for 16,000 euros, the employee of a debt collection company took the program's motto to heart. "Mr. Jauch, I gamble and take C," announced the 25-year-old. "That honors you - nonetheless …", the RTL presenter had to deliver the first bad news of the evening.
Paulus had advised that there should be a button on websites that, thanks to the similarity to the donut, is named after the round pastry. In fact, however, the question editors were looking for the so-called Hamburger menu with the three lines in the culinary navigation aids. The next candidate, Julian Ullrich from Cologne, only got as far as the 2000 euro question. The emergency doctor should know: "When you turn ten, which birthday do you generally celebrate?" The doctor immediately zeroed in on the eleventh birthday.
"You are one when you are born," Ullrich explained his train of thought. That may be the case in the Republic of Korea. In Germany, on the other hand, the tenth year of life ends with the tenth birthday. The man from Cologne was so shocked by his retirement that he immediately jumped up from his seat. "I was totally blown away," he stated perplexed. "Then just sneak away," Jauch asked the unlucky one. He then no longer wanted to be explained by the host where his mistake in reasoning had been and cut Jauch off with a short "Goodbye".
With Anke Haase from Pausa-Mühltroff in Vogtland, the streak of bad luck finally seemed to be over. The employee in the school administration got through the rounds confidently. But she also gambled once too many. In the beginning, she certainly brought her daring to the €32,000 question, where her four jokers were unlocked. Two went straight away, the third in the round after that. Haase should know where the topic of recuperation plays an important role. Thanks to the 50:50 joker, her only choice was between electric cars and jukeboxes.
Haase immediately decided on the jukeboxes. Jauch tried to stop the disaster. "Do you still want to talk me into electric cars?" the candidate suspected. The moderator appealed to reason. "We're just in an area where it's getting dangerous. People have already saved themselves dead," he said, looking at the last joker. But Haase decided: "I'll take D, I'll gamble for the third time. But that's enough." Jauch could only agree when he sent the candidate home with 1000 euros.
The show had started promisingly. Overhang candidate Jörg Riehemann from the gambler special the previous evening returned with the 125,000 euro question and was also happy about this sum. The employee of the Allwetterzoos Münster played it safe and got out in the next round. Because he has big plans for the money. The profit is expected to fund travel to next year's Women's World Cup in Australia and the 2026 Men's World Cup in North America. "It would be difficult with 1,000 euros," Riehemann explained his exit.
After the crash hat-trick, biochemistry student Tom Starke from Wiesbaden provided some impetus again. The 19-year-old is already an experienced stock speculator and takes calculated risks. Maybe that's why he knew at Jauch when it was time to get out. Starke can now easily finance his studies and any subsequent training as a patent attorney with 125,000 euros.
Unfortunately, there was no happy ending for the former Oktoberfest waitress Carolin Pauli as the last candidate of the WWM gambler special. When asked for 8,000 euros, the woman from Munich was sure that a flight going east from Germany would cross the Indian Ocean. However, it is much too south for that. Instead, Jauch had asked about the date line. Let's hope that the next edition of the RTL quiz show will be more lucrative. On November 17th, the candidates will play again for a good cause in the celebrity special.