Tuesday, December 22, 2009

And the Winner Is … A Dog

The finale of the German reality television series that looks for the most talented act from around a nation screened on Saturday evening. Nine million Germans watched and some of them even voted for a winner. Their conclusion: The most talented performer in Germany right now is a black and white dog.

Just like every other country, Germany has its fair share of reality television shows. The likes of "Next Top Model", "Big Brother" and "Idol" have all been translated onto German television screens. One might also imagine that, like the audiences in so many other countries, Germans might get sick of these kinds of "casting shows."

But no, "Supertalent 2009" -- similar to shows like America's Got Talent and Britain's Got Talent -- remains one of the most popular series, even after seven long seasons. According to commercial television channel RTL, which broadcasts the series, around 37,000 candidates applied to show off their talents on the little screen and over 6 million viewers watched the preliminary rounds of the series. On Saturday evening the final, which featured 12 acts, was watched by an estimated 9 million viewers.

To read more: http://www.spiegel.de/international/zeitgeist/0,1518,668466,00.html

Photo Gallery of the competition: http://www.spiegel.de/fotostrecke/fotostrecke-50054.html

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