Without Joker, nothing would work here anymore…
Candidate Martina Wild actually wanted to appear at “Who wants to be a millionaire?” get it over with very quickly. But when it came to the name of a well-known spokesman for “Tagesthemen” on Monday evening, she stumbled. The comments from Günther Jauch (67) caused additional confusion.
As soon as Wild sat down in his chair, the moderator revealed what the Swabian had said to him before the broadcast. Jauch chatted: “She said: ‘If I come to your chair, you’ll go through everything quickly. I have no problem with that.’”
He probably suspected that things would be different on the show.
For 2000 euros, Jauch wanted to know: “The first name of the ‘Tagesthemen’ presenter Zamperoni can literally be discovered in what?” A: Rheingold, B: Walküre, C: Siegfried, D: Götterdämmerung. The gambler is directly on the hook and admits that she doesn’t know the first name of the person being asked. So she has to guess.
Wild thinks: “Is it that simple? No, it’s not Siegfried.” Jauch can’t help but grin. And the lady’s second tip also amuses him. She now speculates: “Is his name perhaps Rhine? Rhein Zamperoni?” The perfect opportunity for the moderator to get involved in finding a name. He promptly lays down false trails.
The quiz master claims about his TV colleague: “He is Turkish and his name is Erdem.” Jauch himself has to laugh at the gag, but adds with a grin: “Erdem Zamperüni.” Meanwhile, Martina Wild continues to grope in the dark. She has never heard of a Zamperoni in her life, so she decides on the audience joker.
Jauch guesses the correct answer is 99 percent. In fact, two percent of people in the audience were wrong and chose C: Siegfried. The candidate now believed that she had guessed the first name of the “Tagesthemen” speaker. “Reinhold, right?” she asks Jauch cautiously.
He can only shake his head at her lack of planning. “Reinhold Zamperoni… His Italian ancestors are rolling over in their graves.” Because 98 percent of the audience guessed Rheingold, Martina Wild finally logs in and then finds out from Jauch: “His name is Ingo. Ingo Zamperoni!” That’s why the answer was correct, because Ingo was hiding in RheINGOld.
Despite the gap in knowledge, Wild was able to take home 32,000 euros in the end.