The “summit of the quiz giants” is based on the assumption that quiz moderators know at least as much through their job as those who work their way semi-professionally through Germany’s quiz landscape. But if you listen to the alleged quiz giants Jauch, Kerner and Zietlow, you will come to a different conclusion.
Teacher Peter Ziegler has a special gift: within a very short time he can name the number of letters in an entire sentence. He calls his talent an island talent and initially has a lot of fun proving it at the “summit of the quiz giants”. The three quiz giants opposite him – Sonja Zietlow, Günther Jauch and Johannes B. Kerner – are of course amazed.
Shortly thereafter, however, the fun stops and the quiz masters have a good laugh: when asked what to remember with the mnemonic “May I have a large container of coffee”, Ziegler taps on the names of the hand bones. This time, the mnemonic works via the number of letters per word: the combination of numbers 3-1-4-1-5-9-2-6 stands for the first digits of the circle number Pi beaten at their own guns.
Not only, but also because of the wrong count, challenger Ziegler loses against the three full professionals in matters of know-it-all. And Ralf Schnoor, restaurateur and “WWM” millionaire, does not make it past the selection round in episode 4 of “Summit of the Quiz Giants”. “Is one of my favorite millionaires,” Jauch praises him as he leaves.
Only quizzer Silke Paesler made it to the final this time with a quick question. However, this is not because the three quiz-ketiere simply know everything. The moderator trio saves itself through the individual guessing rounds with a mix of reasoning, swarm intelligence and chutzpah. The paralyzing, garrulous discussions between the three so-called quiz giants show that this term is a fairly undeserved exaggeration.
Nobody would think of chasing sports journalist Kai Ebel through the Nürburgring in a racing car just because he has been commentating on Formula 1 races for three decades. Or to put presenter Oliver Welke in the goal just because he occasionally accompanied football games as a journalist. At RTL, however, one apparently believes that reading quiz questions over the years makes one smarter. Or that the charm of three lone fighters at the microphone increases when the three of them are brought into the studio. Both is not the case.
In the final round, it’s not just about knowledge, but also about reaction speed. “I’m alone, that’s so unfair!” whined Silke Paesler, who was soon behind in terms of points. But Jauch knows it – again – better: “When you’re alone, you’re much more ready to press it,” he teaches the opponent. Then, with the next question, he hits the buzzer very quickly, advising his team to move forward, while Paesler hesitates again for too long. “I didn’t dare,” she says – and thus refutes Jauch’s claim.
After long hours, it’s finally done: the quiz giants win the jackpot for studio guest Ali, while finalist Silke Paesler gets nothing. Presenter Palina Rojinski says goodbye to the audience with a joke question, the flight level of which roughly corresponds to the level of this rate show: “What do you call a bright mammoth? – Helmut.”
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