No surprises – still good. “Bet, huh..?” will become the Robbie Williams Show.

In the first show after the celebrated comeback “Wetten, dass ..?” don’t count on the element of surprise anymore. Great entertainment was still on offer – thanks to Robbie Williams.

«It’s never as good as the first time», it’s never as good as the first time. Soul queen Sade sang these lines in 1985 – when “Wetten, dass ..?” was in its golden years. Would this wisdom also apply to the first performance after a comeback?

After all, the new release “Wetten, dass..?”, which was actually planned as a one-off, was a huge success last year. In Germany alone, around 14 million viewers watched Thomas Gottschalk and Michelle Hunziker revive the old days. More than half a million people also tuned in in Switzerland.

Die Grosse Robbie-Show

The question still loomed: Can Saturday night’s classic survive without the element of surprise that last year’s comeback undoubtedly benefited from? Another wisdom from show business gives an answer to that. It reads: A program is only as good as its guests – and in this regard, the creators of the show from Friedrichshafen were able to show an extremely lucky hand.

The show became the big Robbie Williams show. The presenting duo Hunziker/Gottschalk proved at the beginning that they are still in perfect harmony with each other. But with Bully Herbig and Christophe Maria Herbst, the excitement waned – until Robbie Williams re-tuned the hall.

Rampensau and football fan

His new song was less to blame for it, which strummed rather crookedly from the speakers at the beginning. However, when the now grizzled ex-teen star performed her 1997 hit “Angels” as an encore and showed off her old raging qualities amid a rapt audience, “Wetten, dass ..?” again the fun twist that once made the program Europe’s biggest entertainment show.

Even as a guest on the sofa, the singer lived up to his motto “Let me entertain you”. The comment on his bet, in which candidates wanted to know board games by the sound of a box being emptied, was appropriately funny (“I have so many questions – first: why!?”). And the looming ignominy of having to wish Germany’s national soccer team luck at the World Cup if they lose a bet was handled by the pop star, known as a die-hard England fan, with charm, wit and a sad expression that seemed to come from the bottom of her heart.

Spectacle of bets

Of course, the fate of “Wetten, dass ..?” not only in guests, but also in bets. And even then the show wasn’t very hot. In addition to the standards such as bagger and bike bets, the outside bet in particular caused astonishment. The attempt to catch cellphones thrown into the air on the “Silver Star” track at 120 km/h did not work, but the bet from the Europapark in Rust was one of the most spectacular in the history of “Wetten, dass…? “.

And otherwise? Compared to the comeback show, Thomas Gottschalk talked much less about himself this time, but smiled all the more with his co-host. Herbert Grönemeyer brought some Swissness (“Schwizerdütsch? Es birebitzeli”) to an otherwise rather Swiss-poor show (no performances, no guests, no bets). And the betting king eventually became a young man with amazing visual abilities who wants to use the won prize money to save his village, which is threatened with demolition.

Never as good as the first time? Yes – sometimes even better.

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