Schlag den Raab

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Schlag den Raab
Schlag den Raab.png
Genre Game show
Directed by Ladislaus Kiraly
Presented by Matthias Opdenhövel (2006–2011)
Steven Gätjen (2011–)
Starring Stefan Raab
Country of origin Germany
Original language(s) German
No. of episodes 47
Production
Producer(s) Jörg Grabosch
Location(s) Mülheim, Cologne, Germany
Running time 225+ minutes (including commercials)
Production company(s) Raab TV,
Brainpool
Broadcast
Original channel ProSieben
First shown in 23 September 2006
Original run 23 September 2006  – present
External links
Website
Production website

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.

Concept[edit]

At the beginning of an episode five possible candidates (usually four men and one woman) are introduced to the audience. Each candidate represents him- or herself in a short video clip of one minute (three minutes before the 45th episode). The TV audience then determines the person to battle Raab by televoting. Each episode features one contestant battling against 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, badminton 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. Furthermore it is possible to win an episode even though one has actually won less games than the opponent, e.g. if one wins just the last five games (11+12+13+14+15=65) while the opponent wins the first ten (1+2+3+4+5+6+7+8+9+10=55). 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, three in the first half of the year and another three in the second half of the year. The latest show aired on September 13th 2014.

History[edit]

As the show is broadcast live and the games are of different duration, a single episode generally has no fixed time limit. It regularly runs for four or more hours. The very first episode ended just after midnight at 12:01 after a runtime of three hours and 46 minutes 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 33 out of 47 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. The fastest candidate to beat Raab was Deaon Maxwell (Episode 27) after 12 games. Two candidates, one female and one male, have been defeated without scoring a single point. No woman has yet defeated Raab. All candidates except Jan May (Episode 12) have been younger than Raab.

The show continues to be highly successful as one episode is usually watched by three to four million people in Germany.

Awards[edit]

The show was nominated for the Adolf Grimme Awards category entertainment/special in 2007 and 2008.[1] Schlag den Raab won the Deutscher Fernsehpreis for Best Entertainment Show in 2007,[2] and won a Goldene Kamera in the category Entertainment in 2008.[3]

Episodes[edit]

Episode Date Prize money Contestant End result Games Winner End of the show Music
Episode 01 23 September 2006 €0.5M Esther Frericks (30, businesswoman) 21–70 13 Raab 00:01 Juli, Nelly Furtado feat. Saukrates, Nena feat. Duncan Townsend
Episode 02 18 November 2006 €1.0M Johannes Rieks (25, student) 31–74 14 Raab 00:43 Take That, Katie Melua
Episode 03 27 January 2007 €1.5M Matthias Göbel (31, designing engineer) 72–48 15 contestant 00:54 Tokio Hotel, Simply Red, Jamelia
Episode 04 14 April 2007 €0.5M Nils-Heiko Hutter (29, pilot) 13–65 12 Raab 00:30 Michael Bublé, Joss Stone, Carla Bruni
Episode 05 9 June 2007 €1.0M Peter Dietrich (39, doctor) 70–35 14 contestant 01:16 Melanie C, Max Mutzke
Episode 06 15 September 2007 €0.5M Martin Trautz (38, policeman) 60–60 15+1 contestant 01:21 James Blunt, Sportfreunde Stiller, Monrose
Episode 07 3 November 2007 €0.5M Sonja Bartelt (33, policewoman) 19–72 13 Raab 00:17 Max Mutzke, Nicole Scherzinger
Episode 08 15 December 2007 €1.0M Gene Allen (38, financial adviser) 56–64 15 Raab 01:01 Peter Cincotti, Room2012
Episode 09 19 January 2008 €1.5M Arvid Bollmann (39, teacher) 35–70 14 Raab 00:57 Stefanie Heinzmann, Ich + Ich
Episode 10 5 April 2008 €2.0M Jens Ohlemeyer (35, teacher) 25–66 13 Raab 00:22 Duffy, Gregor Meyle
Episode 11 31 May 2008 €2.5M Olufemi Smith (29, marketing manager) 65–55 15 contestant 01:32 Estelle, Leona Lewis
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 €1.0M Ole Bischof (29, judoka) 03–63 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 €2.0M 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 €3.0M 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 €1.0M 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 €2.0M 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 €1.0M 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) 00-66 11 Raab 00:26 Mando Diao, Christian Durstewitz, Aloe Blacc
Episode 26 18 December 2010 €1.0M Heiko Schumacher (28, logistician) 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 €1.0M 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) 60–60 215+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) 00–66 11 Raab 00:25 Flying Steps, Zaz, Flo Mega
Episode 33 17 March 2012 €1.0M 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) 06-72 12 Raab 00:43 Katy Perry, Eminem, Adel Tawil
Episode 44 21 December 2013 €3.0M Anish Pulickal (32, social worker) 64–56 15 contestant 01:54 Placebo, Casper, Thomas D
Episode 45 15 February 2014 €0.5M Michael Jentzsch (38, teacher) 18–73 13 Raab 00:44 Lorde, Christoph Maria Herbst, Marteria
Episode 46 29 March 2014 €1.0M Caroline Gessner (25, Bundeswehr officer) 17–61 12 Raab 00:36 Bastille, Clean Bandit
Episode 47 3 May 2014 €1.5M Maximilian Heizmann (31, ranger) 21–70 13 Raab 00:37 Lily Allen, Mando Diao
Episode 48 13 September 2014 €2.0M Liane Weber (28, fitness trainer) - - - - Kiesza,

International format[edit]

Schlag den Raab has been sold to these countries
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?[4] TF1 Carole Rousseau & Denis Brognart Benjamin Castaldi 13 29 November 2008
 Georgia დაამარცხე ვარსკვლავი
Daamartskhe Varskvlavi
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
Pia Lykke
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?[5] Kanal 5 Pontus Gårdinger Filip and Fredrik 15 9 September 2008
 United Kingdom Beat the Star[6][7] ITV Vernon Kay Changed weekly Unknown 20 April 2008
 Australia Beat the Star Seven Network Daniel MacPherson Changed weekly Unknown 7 September 2010
 Ukraine Побий ведучого
Beat the host
1+1 Ostap Stupka and Nikolay Vasilkov Andrew Domanskiy 4 2012

Games[edit]

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.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Grimme-Preis: Stefan Raab darf wieder hoffen". Quotenmeter.de (in German). 24 January 2008. Retrieved 8 May 2010. 
  2. ^ Schader, Peer (30 September 2007). "Wir sind wieder die Größten". Stern (in German). Retrieved 8 May 2010. 
  3. ^ "Kreisch-Alarm und ein Hauch von Hollywood". Spiegel Online (in German). 7 February 2008. Retrieved 8 May 2010. 
  4. ^ "Qui peut battre Benjamin Castaldi ?... Audrey Prieto !". Télé 7 Jours (in French). Première. 29 November 2008. Retrieved 8 May 2010. 
  5. ^ "Vem kan slå Filip och Fredrik?". Kanal 5 (in Swedish). Retrieved 11 November 2008. 
  6. ^ "Beat The Star". itv.com. Retrieved 6 November 2012. 
  7. ^ "Games master". The Daily Telegraph. 19 April 2008. Retrieved 6 November 2012. 

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