As is well known, Joko Winterscheidt and Klaas-Heufer-Umlauf are always good for a surprise. On Saturday evening, in their format “The Duel Around the World”, they first let Johannes Oerding climb shaky rope ladders in Arizona’s unimagined heights along a hot air balloon, Kevin Großkreutz shot an apple off his head in Las Vegas from a crossbow expert and Collien Ulmen-Fernandes in looking for a plant in bat droppings in a Mexican cave, and then, after almost four hours of adventure, in the grand finale have a children’s birthday party.
ProSieben is something of mean. On Saturday evening, the broadcaster not only left Joko Winterscheidt against Klaas Heufer-Umlauf, but also their format “The Duel Around the World” against favorite enemy RTL, who paralleled his audience with the finale of “Deutschland sucht den Superstar” including authenticity world champion Florian Silbereisen happy to compete.
Speaking of world champions: the reigning “duel around the world” – world champion up to the current issue was Joko Winterscheidt, who therefore also showed up in a pompous uniform with lots of medals spread across it.
“This shit at the beginning is over now. We can start the show now, right?” Heufer-Umlauf growled after his colleague opened. He himself was somewhat emotionless because of his defeat last time.
When asked about this by Jeannine Michaelsen, who again had to moderate the grotesque World Championship, Heufer-Umlauf said succinctly: “You carry the greatest suffering within yourself.”
Johannes Oerding becomes “Johannes whiner”
This time, too, the two most successful lunatics in Germany sent halfway celebrities to hell in the race for points, in order to let them solve the most wondrous tasks there.
As always, games were played between Winterscheidt and Heufer-Umlauf between the horror trips. But first it was bard Johannes Oerding that Winterscheidt allowed to complete a trip to the USA.
For him it was only conclusive, after all it was the dream of every artist to make the leap across the pond, said Winterscheidt. The task on site for Oerding, who got into the ring for Heufer-Umlauf: gaining a foothold in the audio book industry and the audio book character “Johannes Jammerlappen und das ugslichestimmlein”, who is desperately looking for a good voice in the Arizona desert , fill with life.
Singer is offended and has to climb
First of all: Oerding was not exactly enthusiastic about the title of the audio book. “I have the feeling that the audio book is unnecessarily insulting,” says the songwriter, who had Winterscheidt’s radio play constantly in his ear via an old Walkman and shuffled through the Arizona desert and at first just had to wail desperately. Sounds stupid? Was stupid.
“Johannes was as ugly as he was desperate. He really wanted to be a famous singer. But his voice was shit,” the bard had to listen to through headphones. Then came the real challenge of this “audio adventure story”: the musician was hung from an old wing chair on a hot air balloon, which then rose to a dizzying height.
Oerding, who oscillated between fear and despair, checked the carabiner attachment beforehand. A good idea, as he then had to climb a shaky rope ladder from the wing chair to the basket and from there a further 60 meters onto the balloon just below the firmament – naturally always listening to narrator Winterscheidt.
Oerding annoyed: “Shut up, old man!”
“His simple mind knew no fear,” the climbing max got to hear the next insult, which he, just filled with fear to the point of panic, said, “Shut up, dude!” commented. But Oerding emancipated himself from the whiner and finally reached his goal, where the tears of joy rolled down.
“As if by magic, his thin, ugly little voice turned into an elegant, graceful voice,” the narrator mocked at the end of the audio book story, which finally provided for Oerding to sing “Fly away” by Lenny Kravitz on the balloon to let. With that, he secured the first point of the evening. It went to his team leader Klaas Heufer-Umlauf.
Face slaps for Joko and Klaas
Between the illustrious trips, of course, games were played again, although this time it was primarily about making Joko and Klaas look as stupid as possible.
In the game “Self-assessment”, for example, the two entertainers had to judge for themselves whether they could complete the following task better or worse than their opponent. One of them: giving yourself a louder slap than the other can on your own cheek.
Thanks to elaborate manual technology, Klaas Heufer-Umlauf managed to rub himself with 99 decibels, which not only earned him a point, but maybe even something like recognition somewhere. The 38-year-old also won the 20-meter race, in which one was allowed to compete against the other as an exception.
Kevin Grosskreutz and the apple on the pear
Ex-kicker Kevin Großkreutz had little joy in his trip. He had to let the Spanish crossbow shooter “Grandma Silvia Silvia” pop an apple from his pear for Joko Winterscheidt in Las Vegas, which is actually more of a Swiss tradition.
“The tip is amazing,” said Großkreutz as he inspected the bullet more closely. Winterscheidt took the same line: “It’s madness and irresponsible that he’s doing it now,” he said.
“No, no, that’s an honour,” replied “Tour Guide” Heufer-Umlauf dryly. Großkreutz, actually more on the brave side, actually seemed to be a little scared: “What if she shoots me in the head? Not a good feeling!” The ex-kicker now pondered.
Of course, when a crossbow arrow works its way into your own brain, it’s probably not really very pleasant. But Großkreutz had a really good strategy at hand: he simply asked the double Silvia not to shoot him in the head. Formidable!
Luckily for him, she succeeded, albeit only on the second attempt. The first, however, did not go below the apple in the Grosskreutz, but to the right of it in the wood. The country point at Winterscheidt.
Off to the stinky bat cave
Diva Ricardo Simonetti was also not amused when he found out that he was in Greenland under the motto “Who freezes to death loses!” 40 seconds in the hellishly cold sea on water skis. But he also mastered his job, which presenter Collien Ulmen-Fernandes was initially not really capable of.
“All I wanted from Collien is that she picks a flower for me in the cave,” Winterscheidt initially revealed. The 43-year-old did not reveal to the presenter that a few million bats live in this underground grotto in the deepest jungle in Mexico, through which she previously had to traipse for a few hours. The special feature: the plant needs the bat droppings to survive.
“The bats eat the plant and take their seed with it,” Winterscheidt was just beginning to explain. “It’s almost like this coffee that runs through a cat’s asshole,” Heufer-Umlauf interrupted him with a comparison that still had room for improvement in terms of wording.
Ulmen-Fernandes, who already knew about the countless bats, was combative: “Now we walk through the jungle all day to reach this shitty cave. And then give up in front of her? No, I’m going in there now,” so the moderator.
Collien Ulmen-Fernandes’ shit experience
The “hollow” trip was not a pleasant one. The little fruit bats that kept rushing right past Ulmen-Fernandes’ head not only stank badly, but were anything but quiet when flying and stinking.
Ulmen-Fernandes didn’t really like the “quiet” place in the depths of the cave, which the little bloodsuckers primarily use to do their business there. But lo and behold: next to a larger puddle she suddenly saw the little plant she was looking for.
“It’s the ugliest undergrowth I’ve ever seen,” said Heufer-Umlauf, who, unlike Ulmen-Fernandes, appreciated the country point. “I’m so broken, I can’t even be really happy,” said the presenter about her shitty experience.
Finale: “Finally something with drinking again”
The really amazing thing on Saturday night at “The duel around the world – Team Joko against Team Klaas”: You go full pipe into the budget to let the celebrities travel around the world and do strange things in the most remote corners of absurdistan, for what it is not only requires a great deal of manpower, but also enormous technology.
And then you close the four-hour format with a game that could also take place at any time during a children’s birthday party in a middle-class home: For Winterscheidt and Heufer-Umlauf it was the final game, with arms around three meters long that they neither of them looked particularly intelligent when it came to mixing a cocktail with a wide variety of ingredients.
Of course, you couldn’t rule out that one or the other viewer found it funny because arms aren’t usually that long. In any case, Heufer-Umlauf was allowed to start mixing 30 seconds earlier because of its points lead. Whoever finished the cocktail first won the evening.
Because of the long arms, one had to fear that the two could clear the studio or decapitate Michaelsen between a shot of orange juice and setting up the cocktail umbrella.
However, nothing of the sort happened in this unbelievably bad final game, which Joko Winterscheidt ultimately won. By lighting his sparkler for the cocktail, he crowned himself the new world champion.
Excitement, vocal power – and what a show! The finale of “Deutschland sucht den Superstar” (RTL) offers great singing art and finds a worthy winner in Harry Laffontien. The real sensation of the evening, however, is provided by the former DSDS super juror Dieter Bohlen.