Der Schwächste fliegt!

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Der Schwächste Fliegt!
Format Game show
Created by Fintan Coyle & Cathy Dunning
Starring Sonja Zietlow
Country of origin Germany
Broadcast
Original channel RTL
Original run March 19, 2001 – March 2002

Der Schwächste fliegt! is the German version of the game show The Weakest Link, literally meaning The Weakest one flies (colloquial German for: is thrown out).

It was first broadcast on 19 March 2001, on RTL. The show premiered weekdays at 15:00 and was hosted by Sonja Zietlow (who was already known for her tough-talking styles on her self-titled talk show from previous years). Just like the British version, the show pitted nine contestants against each other for a pot of DM 50,000 (which had to be donated to charity, the winner picking the exact recipient). But by September of that year, the show was sinking fast in ratings, so in order to gain ratings, Sonja treated the contestants with more respect. Previously, Sonja bullied the contestants with insults such as "Da wollen wir doch mal sehen, wer unsere kostbare Studioluft lang genug weggeatmet hat!" (Let's take a look: who has used up our valuable studio air long enough?)

The change in Sonja's behaviour did not sufficiently revive the show, and it was cancelled in December. In February 2002 (after the introduction of the Euro as a physical currency), the show was given another chance in the late-night Saturday slot, this time with a newly revamped studio, that now featured an audience, and a higher prize of 50,000. This version lasted for only two months.

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