Steffi Heidel took a seat as a candidate for “Who wants to be a millionaire” with Günther Jauch.
As soon as the game started, Clerk Steffi Heidel from Altenburg in Thuringia was already stumbling. She was a candidate on Monday for “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” and threatened to embarrass himself to the bone.
She herself could hardly believe it at first when she was appointed to the candidate’s chair. “Oh, shit,” was the mother of two’s first comment. Whereupon moderator Günther Jauch (66) received a message from the editors. “I’m getting a personal tip here about what you’ve done on this show,” he explains. On his screen it says: “Said ‘shit'”. “Is that correct? I didn’t hear it!” says Jauch. He then suggests offering Heidel’s candidate seat to the highest bidder. She declines with a laugh.
problems with the first question
The faux pas seems to have confused the candidate a lot. Because even with the 50-euro question, she doesn’t know what to do. The search was for the solution to the following riddle: “Depending on the context, one sometimes says ‘track down’ or ‘discover’…? A: pass ‹pass›, B: instead ‹find›, C: happen ‹happen›, D: before ‹come›». Surprised looks at Heidel, she reads the question again.
Jauch tried to help the desperate candidate. “Instead of ‘track down’ and ‘discover’, you could also say another word.” That didn’t help Heidel either, she wanted to log in the wrong answer D. Jauch advised her to focus on the quotation marks of the words.
Cheers for correct answer
Then the penny dropped for Heidel: “B: instead of ‘find’,” she says with conviction. Cheers erupt in the audience, Jauch jokes: “Neeeeeeee! If I deliver such a performance at home, my children always say ‘Blitzmerker’!» Heidel: “It’s going to be embarrassing at work!”
She then made it to the 4000 euro question. The search was on for the missing Spice Girl member: “‘Wannabe’ sang in 1996 with Posh Spice, Ginger Spice, Baby Spice, Sporty Spice and …? A: Glamor Spice, B: Sugar Spice, C: Scary Spice or D: Brown Spice.» Heidel had no idea, polled the audience. 51 percent typed “Sugar Spice”, Heidel followed the majority. And made a fool of himself. Correct would have been C: Scary Spice. The KV employee went home with 500 euros in her luggage. “We’re on vacation in Cologne. That at least pays for the hotel,” she said optimistically. She is not angry with the audience, but happy to have won 500 euros. (imh)