He asked “a thousand times” to sit in the council chair opposite Günther Jauch. In retirement, what Georg Malkowsky, 77, described as “his lifelong dream” came true.
“The questions are too harmless, right?” asked Günther Jauch. “They are still coming,” feared Georg Malkowsky. “Hopefully now,” the moderator resumed his role as mild-mannered alarmist. But the candidate also wanted to resolve the issue of 8,000 euros without using a wild card. “No support?” Jauch tried to unsettle him. In vain: “Tough luck if it’s not true,” Malkowsky said with surprising calm. “A very pragmatic attitude,” commented Günther Jauch, amusing the audience. “Let’s see how long this lasts,” he added. This can be revealed: the 77-year-old’s strategy worked well for a long time…
“Who wants to be a millionaire?”: Collective “blackout” of 64,000 euros
“What three vowels are found in the name of a US state that only consists of four letters?” The answer was worth 16,000 euros. The options 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 audience wildcard showed: 98 percent of voters voted for answer B. The candidate chose “swarm intelligence.” No wonder: I’m talking about Iowa.
“He is considered a divorced musician,” Günther Jauch told his editorial team. “How do you get this honorary title?” Malkowsky explained that he made dance music at weddings, especially in the ’90s, with keyboards and vocals. In an event that was actually declared a silver wedding, the couple announced their divorce to the surprise of everyone present. “That really puts a damper on the mood, doesn’t it?” Jauch asked. “No, it was the best party I’ve ever had,” Georg Malkowsky laughed. “Since then I have been famous: he also plays with divorces.”
It easily exceeded 32,000 euros. The 64,000 question: “In 1985, the last time a… won?” The Frenchman the Tour de France, the British Wimbledon, the Berliner the Berlin Marathon, the Indian the Indy 500. Malkowsky took out the additional wild card. “Blackout,” Jauch stated, because at first no studio guests stood up.
An additional joker admits: “I definitely can’t answer the question”
“We have to give the ladies and gentlemen some time, at some point the greed for 500 euros will win,” the moderator joked. After the taunts had no effect, Jauch tried to build a bridge: “It would also be helpful if someone could rule out an answer.”
After that didn’t work either, he fought harder: “If this keeps up, 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 definitely can’t answer that question.” The other guests laughed.
After all, the extra joker 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 do 50:50 and one of the others stays standing, it should work,” added the man from the audience. The other guests had fun with this additional training. Jauch urged the extra wildcard to make a decision for a chance to win 500 euros. He guessed in the dark: Berliner.
Georg Malkowsky followed the advice of his wild card and pushed the assistant 50:50. Answers A and B remained and he decided according to the principle of exclusion 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 own winnings to the additional wild card. Although this did not directly provide the correct answer, he did give good advice within his limitations.
“Advertised a thousand times”
After another small talk about fly fishing, the prize was 125,000 euros: “In what year of birth and death did Halley’s Comet pass by the Earth?” Before reading the possible answers, Günther Jauch shamelessly alluded to the candidate’s age: “If anyone can remember it, it’s you.” Georg Malkowsky put on a brave face at the evil game, but seemed a little surprised. Those chosen were: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Mark Twain, Helmut Schmidt, James Dean.
The telephone prankster could only guess and hit D. “I won’t play,” Malkowsky decided. The candidate not only won 64,000 euros, but also marked an important point on his wish list: “That was the dream of my life.” Georg Malkowsky said that he had been running since 1969, which of course was a slip 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 beforehand, because the correct answer was: Mark Twain. The 77-year-old was sent off to much applause.
Professor Nils Grundmann from Egestorf, Lower Saxony, won 32,000 euros. He also surprised everyone with his unusual pets: two pigs. However, they were not there in the studio, he only saw them in a clip. Anja Rohr, an administrator from Unna in North Rhine-Westphalia, left with 16,000 euros. Radio volunteer Julia Weidt from Bad Bergzabern in the Palatinate won 4,000 euros.
At the end of the season “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” The celebrity special will follow as part of the RTL telethon on Thursday, November 16 at 8:15 pm Then the contest moves on to the winter holidays.
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