He applied “a thousand times” to sit in the council chair opposite Günther Jauch. Once retired, what Georg Malkowsky, 77, described as his “lifelong dream” came true.
“The questions are too harmless, aren’t they?” asked Günther Jauch. “They are still coming,” Georg Malkowsky feared. “Let’s hope now”, the moderator has regained his role as mild alarmist. But the candidate also wanted to resolve the issue of the 8 thousand euros without using the joker. “No support?” Jauch tried to upset him. In vain: “How unfortunate if it’s not true,” said Malkowsky with surprising calm. “Very pragmatic attitude,” commented Günther Jauch, amusing the audience. “Let’s see how long it lasts,” he added. This much may be revealed: the 77-year-old’s strategy has worked well for a long time…
“Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?”: collective “blackout” at 64,000 euros
“What three vowels are found in the name of an American state consisting of only four letters?” The answer was worth 16,000 euros. The choices were: E, U and A/A, O and I/E, E and O/O, I and U. Jauch’s hope was fulfilled: Malkowsky finally needed help. The public wild card showed: 98% of voters voted for answer B. The candidate chose “swarm intelligence”. Rightly so: I meant Iowa.
“You are considered a divorced musician,” said Günther Jauch from his editorial team. “How do you get this honorific?” Malkowsky explained that he made dance music at weddings, mostly in the ’90s, with keyboards and vocals. At an event that was supposed to be a silver wedding anniversary, the couple announced their divorce to the surprise of everyone present. “This really puts a strain on the atmosphere, doesn’t it?” Jauch asked. “No, it was the best party I ever had,” Georg Malkowsky laughed. “Since then I have made a name for myself: he also plays on divorces.”
It easily exceeded the 32,000 euro threshold. The question of 64,000: “In 1985, the last time a… won?” The French the Tour de France, the English Wimbledon, the Berliner the Berlin Marathon, the Indian the Indianapolis 500. Malkowsky brought out the additional wild card. “Blackout,” Jauch declared, because initially no guests in the studio stood up.
The additional joker admits: “I absolutely cannot answer the question”
“We need to give the ladies and gentlemen some time, sooner or later greed for the 500 euros will win,” joked the moderator. Since the insults had no effect, Jauch tried to build a bridge: “It would also be helpful if someone could exclude a response.”
After that didn’t work either, he fought harder: “If this continues, we’ll evacuate the studio and then our replacement audience will come.” The joking threat had an effect on at least one guest. However, as soon as he stood up, the man confessed: “I absolutely cannot answer that question.” The other guests laughed.
After all, the additional wildcard believed he could exclude Boris Becker because he had won tennis at Wimbledon in 1985. Answer D also seemed less credible to him. “If you get to 50:50 and one of the others stays up, it should really work,” added the man from the audience. The other guests were amused by this additional coaching. Jauch urged the additional wild card to make a decision in order to have a chance to win 500 euros. He guessed in the dark: Berliner.
Georg Malkowsky followed his joker’s advice and pushed the helper back 50:50. That leaves answers A and B and, based on the exclusion principle, decides that the last time a Frenchman won the Tour de France was in 1985. Correct! Günther Jauch advised the candidate to donate 500 euros of his winnings to the additional joker. While this didn’t directly provide the right answer, he provided good advice within his limitations.
“Posted a thousand times”
After another chat on the topic of fly fishing, the prize was 125,000 euros: “In which year of birth and death did Halley’s comet pass by the Earth?” Before reading the possible answers, Günther Jauch cheekily mentioned the candidate’s age: “If anyone can remember it, it’s you.” Georg Malkowsky made a good impression about the wicked game, but he seemed a little surprised. The choices were: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Mark Twain, Helmut Schmidt, James Dean.
The phone joker could only guess and pressed D. “I won’t bet,” Malkowsky decided. The candidate not only won 64,000 euros, but also ticked off an important item on his wish list: “It was the dream of my life.” Georg Malkowsky said that he has been running since 1969, which of course was a slip of the tongue to which the public and Jauch reacted with amusement. Malkowsky corrected himself: Since 1999, since the beginning of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?”, he has applied what seems like a thousand times. He would have chosen Helmut Schmidt. It’s a good thing he capitulated early, because the correct answer was: Mark Twain. The 77-year-old was greeted with much applause.
Teacher Nils Grundmann from Egestorf in Lower Saxony earned 32,000 euros. He also surprised everyone with his unusual pets: two pigs. However, they were not present in the studio, but only seen in one clip. Anja Rohr, an administrative employee from Unna, North Rhine-Westphalia, left with 16,000 euros. Radio volunteer Julia Weidt from Bad Bergzabern in the Palatinate earned 4,000 euros.
The season finale of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” will be followed by the celebrity special as part of RTL’s fundraising marathon on Thursday 16 November, at 8.15pm. The quiz show then goes on winter break.
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