In the first show after the famous comeback, “Wetten, dass..?” Don’t count on the element of surprise anymore. There was still some great entertainment on offer, thanks to Robbie Williams.
“Never as good as the first time” is never as good as the first time. Soul queen Sade sang these lines in 1985, at a time when her “Wetten, dass..?” lived the golden years of it. Would this wisdom also apply to the first show after her comeback?
After all, the new edition of “Wetten, dass..?”, which was actually planned as a one-off, was a great success last year. In Germany alone, around 14 million viewers saw Thomas Gottschalk and Michelle Hunziker relive old times. Over half a million people also tuned in in Switzerland.
Die grosse Robbie-Show
The question kept coming up: Can the Saturday night classic survive without the element of surprise that last year’s return no doubt benefited from? The answer to this is provided by other showbiz wisdom. He says: A show is always only as good as its guests, and in this sense the creators of the Friedrichshafen show could show an extremely lucky hand.
The show became The Great Robbie Williams Show. The moderator duo Hunziker/Gottschalk proved from the start that they still harmonize perfectly. But with Bully Herbig and Christoph Maria Herbst, the excitement waned, until Robbie Williams brought the room back to life.
Rampensau and football fan
This was less due to their new song, which played lopsidedly on the speakers at first. However, when the now-graying former teen star introduced 1997’s chart-topping “Angels” as an encore and demonstrated his old rowdy qualities amid the enthusiastic audience, “Wetten, dass..? ” again that style of entertainment that once made the show the biggest European entertainment show.
Even as a guest on the couch, the singer lived up to his motto “Let me entertain you.” His bet comment, in which candidates wanted to recognize parlor games by the sound of the box being emptied, was as amusing as it was appropriate (“I have so many questions, first of all: why?”). And the looming embarrassment of having to wish the German soccer team luck for the World Cup if they lost a bet was mastered by the pop star, known as a staunch England fan, with charm, wit and a sad expression that seemed They come from the depths of the heart.
show in the bets
Of course, the fate of “Wetten, dass ..?” not only in guests, but also in bets. And even then, the show didn’t burn much. In addition to standard bets like the bagger and bike bets, the outside bet in particular caused astonishment. Although the attempt to catch mobiles thrown into the air on the “Silver Star” track at 120 km/h failed, the bet from Rust’s Europapark was one of the most spectacular in the history of “Wetten, dass…?”.
And otherwise? In contrast to the comeback show, Thomas Gottschalk talked a lot less about himself this time around, but smiled even more with his moderator partner. Herbert Grönemeyer brought a bit of Switzerland (“Schwizerdütsch? It’s birebitzeli”) to what was otherwise a pretty poor show in Switzerland (no shows, no guests, no gambling). And in the end, a young man with amazing visual skills becomes the gambling king, who wants to use the prize money he wins to save his town, which is threatened with demolition.
Never as good as the first time? Yes, sometimes even better.