Where Thomas Gottschalk already had a hand in it


Gottschalk should fix it. Dieter Bohlen will no longer be part of his last shows as a DSDS juror due to illness. The former “Wetten, dass ..?” Showmaster jumps in – he’s jumping from station to station anyway.

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Anyone who watches television at prime time during these weeks and months might think that the remote control is broken: On almost all channels you can see Thomas Gottschalk moderating a show or at least participating in it or, in the case of many talk shows, participating in the discussion. On Saturday evening he will now sit on the jury of “Deutschland sucht den Superstar” and take the place of Dieter Bohlen, who has reported sick for his last assignments as chief judge.

Germany’s last show master Thomas Gottschalk started ten years ago with “Wetten, dass ..?” Although he left his former living room on ZDF – but then peeked into many other channels. The response was sometimes bigger, sometimes smaller. Encounters with a man who once had superstars sitting on his couch – and is now suddenly looking for one.

Unforgotten: Thomas Gottschalk as moderator of “Wetten, dass ..?”. (Source: imago / Sven Simon)

“Germany is looking for the superstar” (RTL)

The latest trick: Gottschalk takes the orphaned place of chief juror Dieter Bohlen in this year’s final shows by DSDS, who surprisingly called in sick and whose entire commitment to the casting show now ends without further appearances by him.

Gottschalk explains the representation of pop titans in his own way: “First, one titan won’t let the other down and, second, I had nothing better to do.” The candidates could all sing great anyway. “So I can’t go wrong.” The first use is on Saturday in the DSDS semifinals. And on RTL, right after the award ceremony for the new superstar in the coming week, the 70-year-old will continue to run: From April 10, new episodes of “Because they don’t know what’s going to happen!” with G√ľnther Jauch and Barbara Sch√∂neberger and Thomas Gottschalk.

“Who is stealing the show from me?” (ProSieben)

Joko Winterscheidt started a show in January that could literally be won. The idea: The sometimes prominent candidates try to replace Joko as moderator. Joko had a strong opponent with the veteran Gottschalk, who could probably be woken up at 1 a.m. for a moderation. In the first two editions, “Thommy”, like other candidates, was left behind and left the studio shamefully through a kind of car wash. But Filou learned a lot. At some point he not only had an umbrella with him – unlike Winterscheidt, he was also familiar with the state symbols on the flag of the GDR. Joko could hardly believe his defeat. ProSieben overwritten Gottschalk the show, which he turned upside down. The Quizmaster tone became more fatherly. At least one issue could hold up Gottschalk.

Thomas Gottschalk: He gave Joko Winterscheidt the ProSieben format with the title "Who is stealing the show from me?" removed and now sets its own accents.  (Source: dpa / Claudius Pflug / ProSieben)Thomas Gottschalk: He has Joko Winterscheidt the ProSieben format with the title “Who steals the show from me?” removed and now sets its own accents. (Source: Claudius Pflug / ProSieben / dpa)

“2020 – Gottschalk will catch up” (Das Erste)

In December 2020, Gottschalk moderated a kind of annual review in the First – which was not easy in a Corona year. The concept: things should be made up that had failed due to the pandemic. Gottschalk explained in an almost missionary manner that his good mood was “relatively morbid”. “If I lose them, the others are already crying. That’s why I say: If anyone can fix it, I can.”

“Gottschalk celebrates” (SWR)

From April 16 on, the show legend will once again be in demand as a nostalgic, this time on SWR regional television. In “Gottschalk celebrates: Again 18! The big celebrity birthday” he brings stars of different ages into the studio and recalls the year in which the guests came of age. It’s about music, TV, cinema and fashion. Moderators like Birgit Schrowange, Laura Wontorra and Kai Pflaume are coming. The television actors Jutta Speidel and Uwe Ochsenknecht are also expected.

“Germany’s next Topmodel” (ProSieben)

Gottschalk’s memorable participation in another major casting show on German television has almost been forgotten. In 2019 he attended the freestyle of the GNTM winner. It became a Simone from Stade. At the same time, a kind of “wedding” was celebrated in the show, in which an oversized marmot took part as best man – and Gottschalk. At that time it was believed to be able to recognize a certain bewilderment in the face of the well-traveled TV veteran. “For me, it’s all big children’s carnival here,” he said.

Enthusiasm looks different: Nevertheless, Thomas Gottschalk does not regret his participation in the GNTM final.  (Source: imago images)Enthusiasm looks different: Nevertheless, Thomas Gottschalk does not regret his participation in the GNTM final. (Source: imago images)

“Das Supertalent” (RTL)

A short but remarkable episode in the post-“Wetten, dass ..?” Phase of Gottschalk. In 2012 – shortly after he left the godfather’s couch – Gottschalk was on the jury of the RTL show, in which talented harmonica players and clever dogs appear. Next to him at the time: Dieter Bohlen. He later described the behavior of the pop titan in his biography: “With a fixed look at himself, he submits everything to the goal of looking good himself.” There was a short trip to the casting floor, which was to be followed by more.

So now a short-term commitment at DSDS. It remains exciting to see what is next for Thomas Gottschalk on the TV show list. As is well known, jurors for the DSDS and the “Supertalent” jury are still being sought for the coming seasons.

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