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Domino Day
Television special
Game show
Created byRobin Paul Weijers
Presented byInternational host:
Linda de Mol (1999–2002)
Frauke Ludowig (2004–06)
Theme music composerRuud Mulder
Country of originNetherlands
Original languagesDutch, German, English
No. of seasons11
No. of episodes11
Production companyEndemol
Original release
Release28 August 1998 (1998-08-28) –
13 November 2009 (2009-11-13)

Domino Day is a world record attempt for the highest number of toppling domino stones, organized from 1998 to 2009 by Endemol Netherlands. Together with Weijers Domino Productions of Robin Paul Weijers, also known as Mr. Domino, parties teamed up to set a new world record. The production was mainly organized at the WTC Expo in Leeuwarden, Netherlands. Domino day did not occur in 2003, because the producer wanted to revise the format.

Subsequent record attempts[edit]

Date Year Theme Location Result Fallen Total % First Stone toppled by
28 August 1998 Domino D-Day: Visionland Leeuwarden, Netherlands Success 1,605,757 2,300,000 69.8 Linda de Mol
5 November 1999 Domino Day: Europa ohne Grenzen (Europe Without Borders) Zuidlaren, Netherlands Success 2,472,480 2,500,000 98.9 Hans Klok
3 November 2000 Domino Day: Action - Reaction Zuidlaren, Netherlands Success 2,977,678 3,112,000 95.7 Lionel Richie
16 November 2001 Domino Day: Bridging the World Maastricht, Netherlands Success 3,540,562 3,750,000 94.4 Kylie Minogue
15 November 2002 Domino Day: Expressions for Millions Leeuwarden, Netherlands Success 3,847,295 4,000,000 96.2 Nick Carter
12 November 2004 Domino Day: The Challenge Leeuwarden, Netherlands Success 3,992,397 4,250,000 93.9 Shania Twain
18 November 2005 Domino Day: Domino Theatre of Eternal Stories Leeuwarden, Netherlands Success 4,002,136 4,321,000 92.6 Anastacia
17 November 2006 Domino Day: Music in Motion Leeuwarden, Netherlands Success 4,079,381 4,400,000 92.7 Kim Wilde
16 November 2007 Domino Day: Falling into Life Leeuwarden, Netherlands Failure 3,671,465 4,500,000 81.6 Katie Melua
14 November 2008 Domino Day: Celebrating 10 years of Domino Day Leeuwarden, Netherlands Success 4,345,027 4,500,000 96.6 Salima Peippo
13 November 2009 Domino Day: The World in Domino - The Show with the Flow Leeuwarden, Netherlands Success[1] 4,491,863 4,800,000 93.6 Jeroen de Meij

Recurring elements[edit]

Builders' Challenge[edit]

Starting in 2004, each Domino Day has featured Builders' Challenges, with three challenges in 2004 and 2005, and four challenges starting in 2006. Builders are usually chosen in pairs for each Builder's Challenge. The chosen builders then have to complete vital parts of the setup while the dominoes are already toppling elsewhere, in order to allow another field of dominoes to topple. This usually takes the form of trying to bridge the gap(s) in an unfinished setup before the toppling dominoes reach it.

Builders Challenge results
Year 1 2 3 4
2004 Success Failure Failure n/a
2005 Success Interrupted Cheated n/a
2006 Build Fail Gate Fail Gate Fail Success
2007 Failure Success Success Failure
2008 Success Failure Success Success
2009 Failure Failure Failure Success

For the 2005 event, the dominoes which fell during the third builders challenge were not counted for the record as it was determined that one of the builders restarted the flow of the dominoes after they had stopped due to two being placed too far apart. In the 2006 event the second and third builders challenge were successful in that the challenge was completed, but due to incorrect timing the gates did not lift, thus stopping the flow before it reached the fields.

Slow Stones[edit]

Starting in 2006, a series of "Slow Stones" are placed just before the final Builders Challenge. Slow Stones are relatively large, transparent domino stones filled with colored powder, with each Slow Stone containing a different-colored powder. Upon reaching the first Slow Stone, its powder begins to drain (similar to an hourglass) until it becomes light enough to tip over, hitting the next Slow Stone to start its powder draining. The process takes approximately one minute per Slow Stone. The Slow Stones are used as an opportunity to cut to advertising, show highlights from earlier in the show, do interviews, etc. The builders of the last Builders Challenge are also selected during the Slow Stones, and the challenge itself starts after the last Slow Stone has fallen.

Past Domino Day editions[edit]

A domino show

Domino Day 2005[edit]

During the preparations of Domino Day 2005 on 14 November, with only four days to go until event, a sparrow flew into the building and landed on several domino bricks, eventually causing 23,000 of them (out of 4 million) to fall. The sparrow was eventually shot by a hired exterminator. Outraged by the shooting, animal rights groups took court actions against the exterminator and the Domino Day production company Endemol. Public prosecutors in The Hague opened an investigation and eventually issued a €200 fine to the exterminator.[2]

Domino Day 2006[edit]

A new world record was set on 17 November on Domino Day. 4,079,381 stones were toppled out of the 4,400,000 that were set up. The first three builders' challenges failed so the success of the last challenge was crucial to setting the world record.

The design of the course took about a year and a team of 90 builders took around two months to build it.

The theme, Music in Motion, represents 9 different kinds of music: Rock n' Roll, Classical Music, Pop Star, Schlager, Roaring 20's, Flower Power, World Music, Hip Hop, and Disco Fever.

The Builder's Challenges represent the history of the music players, which are: Record Player, Tape Player, CD Player, and MP3 player.

Each Builder's Challenge has a field with a number of dominoes with the number 4 At the beginning. The record player challenge field contains 400 dominoes, the tape player challenge has a field of 4,000 dominoes, the CD player challenge contains 40,000 dominoes, and the MP3 player challenge contains 400,000 dominoes.

Domino Day 2007[edit]

The theme of this year was 'Falling into Life'. A total of 4,500,000 stones were placed by 85 builders from 12 countries. Only 81.6% of the dominoes fell, resulting in a final count of 3,671,465.

The theme,'Falling into Life', represents 9 different topics which are part of our Life: Loving, Having Fun, Dreaming, Communication, Consuming, Letting Go, Growing, Struggling, Traveling.

Domino Day 2007 was held on 16 November and appeared to fail mostly because of the unsuccessful final challenge to create a bridge of dominoes on a revolving hammer/clock structure to link up with over 400,000 stones. However, it was later revealed that even if this area had fallen, the 2006 record would not have been broken. It was the first time that Domino Day failed to set a new record.

Domino Day 2008[edit]

On 14 November 2008 the team of Weijers Domino Productions tried to break the world record domino toppling. They set up 4.5 million dominoes in the WTC Expo convention centre in Leeuwarden to try topping the previous record of 2 years ago, which was at 4,079,381 dominoes toppled.

'Celebrating 10 years of Domino Day - Breaking more World Records than ever' is the central theme of Domino Day 2008. Domino Day celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.

Although the second Builder's Challenge failed, the record was broken with 4,345,027 dominoes toppled.[3] Also, 10 additional world records were attempted and successfully broken. These additional world records were:[4]

  1. Longest domino spiral (200 m)
  2. Highest domino climb (12 m)
  3. Smallest domino stone (7 mm)
  4. Largest domino stone (4.8 m)
  5. Longest domino wall (16 m)
  6. Largest domino structure (25,000 stones)
  7. Fastest topple of 30 metres of domino stones (4.21 sec) (the sprinter Churandy Martina ran with the dominoes and achieved the time of 3.81 sec for the same distance)
  8. Largest number of domino stones resting on a single domino (727 stones)
  9. Largest rectangular level domino field (1 million stones)
  10. Most fallen dominoes (4,345,027 stones)

Domino Day 2009[edit]

The 2009 event is entitled 'The World in Domino - The Show with the Flow'. It was the 11th edition of the show; it showed different aspects of the world with the display moving from continent to continent. The design used 4.8 million dominoes. 4,345,028 dominoes were needed to be toppled in order to break the standing world record. Even though part of the final section of the piece did not fall, and three builder's challenges failed, the number of dominoes toppled was 4,491,863.

The flows for 2009 are: The American Dream, Latin Extravaganza, The African Life, Colors of Europe, Balancing Yin and Yang, Rough Ice, and Sun, Sand, and Sealife.

The 1st and 2nd Builder's Challenges contained 25,000 dominoes representing earth and air, the 3rd Builder's Challenge contained 50,000 dominoes representing water, and the 4th Builder's Challenge had 500,000 dominoes representing all of Earth's continents.


From 2010, until 2020, the show was officially paused due to financial and organizational problems.[5]


On February 3, 2020, EndemolShine Nederland announced Domino Day 2020 through an Instagram post, on 16 June producer EndemolShine announced that the 2020 edition will be postponed to March 2021.[6][7] On 9 September 2021, Domino Day was postponed to an indefinite date.[8] As of March 2024, no further date has been announced.

International broadcast[edit]

Country Name Host TV station Live Years
Austria Austria[9] Domino Day Marie Christine Giuliani (2000–2002),
Armin Assinger (2004–2009)
ORF eins Yes 2000–2009
Belgium Belgium[10] Domino D-Day (1998)
Domino Day
Stefan Van Loock vtm Yes 1998–2009
Croatia Croatia[11] Domino Day Antonija Mandić, Dorijan Klarić RTL Televizija Yes 2005–2009
France France[12] Domino Day – Record du monde Denis Brogniart;
Flavie Flament, Dave (2001–2005)
TF1 (2001–2005),
TMC (2006–2009)
Yes 2001–2009
Domino Day – Les records les plus incroyables[13] Valérie Bénaïm D8 No 2014–present*
Germany Germany[14]
Domino Day Linda de Mol (1998–2002),
Frauke Ludowig (2004–2009)
RTL Yes 1998–2009
Domino Day – Highlights Linda de Mol RTL & Super RTL No 2003
Greece Greece[15] Ημέρα του ντόμινο Katerina Karavatou,
Fotis Sergoulopoulos
Alpha TV Yes 2008–2009
Hungary Hungary[16] Dominó Nap Zoltán Szujó, Lilu (2004–2009)
Vanda Dombóvári (2004–2007)
Éva Horváth (2008–2009)
RTL Klub Yes 2004–2009
Netherlands Netherlands[17]
Original format,
Domino D-Day (1998)
Domino Day
Hans Kraay, Jr.,
Wendy van Dijk (1998–2004),
Nance (2005–2009)
SBS 6,
NET 5 (1999)
Yes 1998–2009
Poland Poland[18] Dzień Domina TVN Yes 2005–2009
Russia Russia[19] День Домино Egor Pirogov (Егор Пирогов) REN TV No 2005–2009
Slovakia Slovakia[20] Domino Day Matej "Sajfa" Cifra TV JOJ Yes 2007–2009
Spain Spain[21] Domino Day Constantino Romero (2001–2002),
Carlos Sobera (2004–2007)
Antena 3 No 2001–2007
United Kingdom United Kingdom[22] Domino Day Christian Stevenson Channel 5 No 2005–2009
United States United States[23] Domino Day 2001 Rich Eisen ABC No 2001

(* Reruns)


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Most dominoes toppled by a group". Retrieved 26 December 2014.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-16. Retrieved 2009-01-19.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "World domino record set on TV". BBC News. 15 November 2008. Retrieved 18 November 2008.
  4. ^ Domino Day documentation on DominoFans.com Archived September 18, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Domino Day 2010 afgelast". nu.nl (in Dutch). 23 April 2010. Retrieved 13 July 2014.
  6. ^ "Nostalgie: Domino Day keert terug op de buis". Retrieved 3 February 2020.
  7. ^ "EndemolShine Nederland on Instagram: "Ja, je ziet het goed: DOMINO DAY KOMT TERUG! 🎊We hebben de smeekbedes en petities gezien en gaan dit jaar het dominorecord van 2009 proberen te verbreken. Dat wordt nog een hele klus, want dat betekent dat er maar liefst 4,5 miljoen (🤯) stenen om moeten vallen... Maar blij dat we zijn om deze legendarische uitdaging opnieuw aangaan! Let's GO! ⠀ #dominoday⠀ #kunnenwijhetmaken⠀ #wereldrecord⠀ #allestenenom #deaortaloopt"". Archived from the original on 2021-12-25. Retrieved 3 February 2020.
  8. ^ Domino, Don (2020-09-09). "Domino Day postponed again to an indefinite date". Don Domino. Retrieved 2022-07-02.
  9. ^ "Neu im ORF: "Domino Day", die fantastische Welt der Steine". Retrieved 5 May 2015.
  10. ^ "'Domino Day' dit jaar op vtm". Retrieved 5 May 2015.
  11. ^ "Jedinstveni spektakl: Ne propustite Domino Day!". Retrieved 5 May 2015.
  12. ^ "Domino Day, record du monde". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 5 May 2015.
  13. ^ "Domino Day : les records les plus incroyables". Retrieved 5 May 2015.
  14. ^ "Domino Day". Retrieved 5 May 2015.
  15. ^ "Domino Day, ένα εντυπωσιακό θέαμα στον Alpha που… δεν περιγράφεται!". Retrieved 5 May 2015.
  16. ^ "Dominó nap". Retrieved 5 May 2015.
  17. ^ "Domino Day vrijdag bij SBS6". Retrieved 5 May 2015.
  18. ^ "Domino Day: 4,3 mln kostek do przewrócenia w TVN". Retrieved 5 May 2015.
  19. ^ "День Домино". Retrieved 5 May 2015.
  20. ^ "TV Joj sa zúčastní eventu Domino Day". Retrieved 5 May 2015.
  21. ^ "El "Domino Day" de Carlos Sobera, en peligro por un gorrión". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 5 May 2015.
  22. ^ "DOMINO DAY 2009". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 5 May 2015.
  23. ^ "ABC falls for prime-time dominoes". Archived from the original on 18 March 2016. Retrieved 5 May 2015.

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