Schlag den Raab
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|Schlag den Raab
(Beat the Raab)
|Directed by||Ladislaus Kiraly|
|Presented by||Matthias Opdenhövel (2006–2011)
Steven Gätjen (2011–)
|Country of origin||Germany|
|No. of episodes||44|
|Running time||225+ minutes (including commercials)|
|Production company(s)||Raab TV,
|First shown in||23 September 2006|
|Original run||23 September 2006 – present|
Schlag den Raab (German pronunciation: [ʃlaːk deːn ʁaːp], German for Beat (the) Raab) is a live game show airing on the German television channel ProSieben on Saturday evenings. A total of six shows are produced and broadcast each year. A candidate who can beat Stefan Raab in a number of disciplines wins the jackpot.
At the beginning of an episode five possible candidates are introduced to the audience. Each candidate represents him- or herself in a short video clip of up to three minutes. The TV audience then determines the person to battle Raab by televoting. Each episode features one contestant battling against TV personality Stefan Raab in up to fifteen games for varying amounts of money, €500,000 being the lowest. Each episode consecutively won by Raab adds €500,000 to the jackpot, e.g. the prize money in an episode following three consecutive Raab victories would sum up to €2 million.
The games have included sports contests such as biathlon, go-karting, and ice hockey, puzzles, quizzes and various other challenges. Raab and his opponent compete in a maximum of 15 games. The first game awards one point, the second two points and up to fifteen points for the fifteenth game. The show ends when Raab or his opponent gains more than 60 of possible 120 points. Therefore the earliest point to win an episode is after completion of the eleventh game. Should Raab and his opponent have scored 60 points each after the fifteenth game, a tiebreaker determines the winner.
Six episodes of Schlag den Raab are broadcast each year. The latest show aired on 15 February 2014.
As the show is broadcast live and the games are of different duration, a single episode generally has no fixed time limit. It may run for four or more hours. The very first episode ended at 12:01 and was therefore the shortest episode. The 33rd and longest episode ended at 02:05, which equals a runtime of five hours and 50 minutes.
Raab has won the contest 30 out of 44 times. He was first defeated in the third episode, when contestant Matthias Göbel won €1.5 million. The highest amount won by a single contestant so far was €3.5 million (Bernd Stadelmann on 15 December 2012). On three occasions an episode ended after just eleven games – each time Raab being the winner. Two candidates, one female and one male, have been defeated without scoring a single point. No woman has yet defeated Raab.
The show was nominated for the Adolf Grimme Awards category entertainment/special in 2007 and 2008. Schlag den Raab won the Deutscher Fernsehpreis for Best Entertainment Show in 2007, and won a Goldene Kamera in the category Entertainment in 2008.
|Episode||Date||Prize money||Contestant||End result||Games||Winner||End of the show||Music|
|Episode1||23 September 2006||€0.5M||Esther Frericks (30, businesswoman)||21–70||13||Raab||00:01||Juli, Nelly Furtado feat. Saukrates, Nena feat. Duncan Townsend|
|Episode2||18 November 2006||€1M||Johannes Rieks (25, student)||31–74||14||Raab||00:43|
|Episode3||27 January 2007||€1.5M||Matthias Göbel (31, designing engineer)||72–48||15||contestant||00:54|
|Episode4||14 April 2007||€0.5M||Nils-Heiko Hutter (29, pilot)||13–65||12||Raab||00:30|
|Episode5||9 June 2007||€1M||Peter Dietrich (39, doctor)||70–35||14||contestant||01:16|
|Episode6||15 September 2007||€0.5M||Martin Trautz (38, policeman)||60–60||15+1||contestant||01:21||James Blunt, Sportfreunde Stiller, Monrose|
|Episode7||3 November 2007||€0.5M||Sonja Bartelt (33, policewoman)||19–72||13||Raab||00:17|
|Episode8||15 December 2007||€1M||Gene Allen (38, financial adviser)||56–64||15||Raab||01:01||Peter Cincotti, Room2012|
|Episode9||19 January 2008||€1.5M||Arvid Bollmann (39, teacher)||35–70||14||Raab||00:57|
|Episode 10||5 April 2008||€2M||Jens Ohlemeyer (35, teacher)||25–66||13||Raab||00:22|
|Episode 11||31 May 2008||€2.5M||Olufemi Smith (29, marketing manager)||65–55||15||contestant||01:32|
|Episode 12||13 September 2008||€0.5M||Jan May (44, sauna worker)||29–62||13||Raab||00:31||Sarah Connor, Katy Perry, Pussycat Dolls|
|Episode 13||1 November 2008||€1M||Ole Bischof (29, judoka)||3–63||11||Raab||00:08||Rosenstolz, Stefanie Heinzmann, Grace Jones|
|Episode 14||20 December 2008||€1.5M||Markus Kapries (39, doctor)||19–72||13||Raab||00:48||James Blunt, Queensberry|
|Episode 15||17 January 2009||€2M||Marcus Gangloff (39, teacher)||33–72||14||Raab||00:43||Max Mutzke, James Morrison, Mando Diao|
|Episode 16||18 April 2009||€2.5M||Markus "Oku" Okuesa (32, teacher and musician)||43–62||14||Raab||01:28||Silbermond, Milow, Lady Gaga|
|Episode 17||23 May 2009||€3M||Nino Haase (26, chemistry doctorand)||63–57||15||contestant||01:34||Daniel Merriweather, The Black Eyed Peas, Sportfreunde Stiller|
|Episode 18||12 September 2009||€0.5M||Hans-Martin Schulze (24, pharmacy intern)||68–52||15||contestant||00:41||Stefanie Heinzmann, Tokio Hotel, Jan Delay|
|Episode 19||31 October 2009||€0.5M||Oliver Wojahn (41, professor)||20–71||13||Raab||00:56||Marius Müller-Westernhagen, Pixie Lott, Ich + Ich|
|Episode 20||19 December 2009||€1M||Amelie Mooseder (24, student)||20–71||13||Raab||00:41||Xavier Naidoo, Robbie Williams, Some & Any, Gossip|
|Episode 21||16 January 2010||€1.5M||Torsten Reichan (31, pilot)||15–63||12||Raab||00:03||Aura Dione, Alicia Keys|
|Episode 22||10 April 2010||€2M||Hans Martin Wismar (29, emergency surgeon)||64–41||14||contestant||00:46||Gentleman, Cheryl Cole|
|Episode 23||8 May 2010||€0.5M||Thorsten Engelmann (28, controller)||42–63||14||Raab||01:00||Toni Braxton, Lena, Die Fantastischen Vier|
|Episode 24||18 September 2010||€1M||Thorsten Knaack (29, teacher)||72–48||15||contestant||01:35||Phil Collins, Kylie Minogue, Juli|
|Episode 25||23 October 2010||€0.5M||Ria Sabay (25, student)||0–66||11||Raab||00:26||Mando Diao, Christian Durstewitz, Aloe Blacc|
|Episode 26||18 December 2010||€1M||Heiko Schumacher (28)||64–27||13||contestant||00:41||LaVive, Cee-Lo Green|
|Episode 27||15 January 2011||€0.5M||Deaon Maxwell (33, student)||61–17||12||contestant||00:08||Max Mutzke, Bruno Mars|
|Episode 28||2 April 2011||€0.5M||Alexandra Stegmann (27, management consultant)||18–73||13||Raab||00:37||Milow, Natalia Kills|
|Episode 29||4 June 2011||€1M||Tobias Rieder (29, army doctor)||44–61||14||Raab||01:33||Jessie J, Avril Lavigne|
|Episode 30||17 September 2011||€1.5M||Gil Kwamo-Kamdem (30, policeman)||60–60||15+1||contestant||01:49||Lenny Kravitz, Udo Lindenberg feat. Inga Humpe, Lena|
|Episode 31||15 October 2011||€0.5M||Klaus Hermann (39, insurance broker)||68–37||14||contestant||01:14||Rosenstolz, Blue Man Group & Tracy Bonham, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds|
|Episode 32||17 December 2011||€0.5M||Oliver Wallkötter (38, soldier)||0–66||11||Raab||00:25||Flying Steps, Zaz, Flo Mega|
|Episode 33||17 March 2012||€1M||Alexander Bitsch (32, customs dog handler)||48–72||15||Raab||02:05||Caligola, Stefanie Heinzmann, Unheilig|
|Episode 34||14 April 2012||€1.5M||Reint Janssen (30, sport scientist)||41–64||14||Raab||00:22||Rebecca Ferguson, Roman Lob, Der König tanzt|
|Episode 35||5 May 2012||€2.0M||Peter Grünberg (43, pediatrician)||39–66||14||Raab||00:50||Mandy Capristo, Jason Mraz, Amy Macdonald|
|Episode 36||22 September 2012||€2.5M||Manuela Kurrat (30, detective superintendent)||34–71||14||Raab||01:38||Lena, Joss Stone, Gossip|
|Episode 37||17 November 2012||€3.0M||Mario Anastasopoulos (44, joiner)||23–68||13||Raab||00:59||Lana Del Rey, Die Fantastischen Vier, Udo Lindenberg|
|Episode 38||15 December 2012||€3.5M||Bernd Stadelmann (27, farmer)||70–50||15||contestant||00:58||Taylor Swift, Deichkind, Seeed|
|Episode 39||12 January 2013||€0.5M||Björn Schmitz (37, sport scientist)||32–73||14||Raab||01:31||Xavas, Ellie Goulding, Max Raabe|
|Episode 40||16 March 2013||€1.0M||Andreas Mai (32, physicist)||21–70||13||Raab||00:43||Robbie Williams, Lena, Leslie Clio|
|Episode 41||11 May 2013||€1.5M||André Bergermann (37, steelworker)||40–65||14||Raab||01:03||Gentleman, Hurts, Zaz|
|Episode 42||7 September 2013||€2.0M||Pio Suh (38, lawyer)||29–62||13||Raab||00:45||Birdy, Ivy Quainoo, Miley Cyrus|
|Episode 43||16 November 2013||€2.5M||David Fritsch (32, detective superintendent)||6–72||12||Raab||00:43||Katy Perry, Eminem, Adel Tawil|
|Episode 44||21 December 2013||€3.0M||Anish Pulickal (32, social worker)||64–55||15||contestant||01:54||Placebo, Casper, Thomas D|
|Episode 45||15 February 2014||€0.5M||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Country||Title||Network||Host||Competing against||Games||Date aired|
|Bulgaria||Разбий Иван и Андрей
Razbii Ivan i Andrei
|Nova Television||Ivan and Andrey||Ivan and Andrey||11||26 September 2011|
|Croatia||Pobijedi Šolu||RTL Televizija||Belma Hodžic||Vlado Šola||15||20 February 2009|
|France||Qui peut battre Benjamin Castaldi?||TF1||Carole Rousseau & Denis Brognart||Benjamin Castaldi||13||29 November 2008|
|Rustavi 2||Ann Korkia||Unknown||Unknown||14 June 2010|
|Norway||Hvem kan slå Ylvis||TV Norge||Frithjof Wilborn||Ylvis brothers||Unknown||2009|
|Norway||Hvem kan slå Aamodt og Kjus||TV Norge||Henriette Bruusgaard
|Kjetil André Aamodt & Lasse Kjus||Unknown||2010|
|Serbia||Izađi na crtu||Prva||Srđan Karanović||Milan Kalinić||15||25 September 2011|
|Sweden||Vem kan slå Filip och Fredrik?||Kanal 5||Pontus Gårdinger||Filip and Fredrik||15||9 September 2008|
|United Kingdom||Beat the Star||ITV||Vernon Kay||Changed weekly||Unknown||20 April 2008|
|Australia||Beat the Star||Seven Network||Daniel MacPherson||Changed weekly||Unknown||7 September 2010|
Beat the host
|1+1||Ostap Stupka and Nikolay Vasilkov||Andrew Domanskiy||4||2012|
Several video game adaptations of the show have been released for the Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3 and PC platforms in Germany since 10 September 2010, as well as two versions of a board game and a quiz.
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- "Kreisch-Alarm und ein Hauch von Hollywood". Spiegel (in German). 7 February 2008. Retrieved 8 May 2010.
- "Qui peut battre Benjamin Castaldi ?... Audrey Prieto !". Télé 7 Jours (in French). Première. 29 November 2008. Retrieved 8 May 2010.
- "Vem kan slå Filip och Fredrik?". Kanal 5 Play (in Swedish). Retrieved 11 November 2008.
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