That was quite a scare, Monday evening, when The smartest man in the world again out of the starting blocks padded over. Have you noticed that? The logo is completely changed!
Nothing will ever be the same! Don’t get us wrong, we are not against change, but not all so drastically and without warning? The viewer is a creature of habit, that they should …
Nothing will ever be the same! Don’t get us wrong, we are not against change, but not all so drastically and without warning? The viewer is a creature of habit, that they should be at Four and Woestijnvis also realize, what inspires them and us as to disorient?
It was not in fact at that logo only (that now looks more like the logo of a new type of biscuits from Delacre on the logo of a tv program). Also the graph of the scoring is updated, with modern typography. Very strange, all of them. Not to mention the grids in the puzzelronde. Admittedly, with the blue highlighted areas is, the easier the four keywords per reply to group, but they don’t, thus the whole look & feel of the programme changes? That was really, that extreme make-over after only fifteen seasons?
Fortunately, there are also things remained the same. The decor. The kenwijsje. The presenter is. His smile. Are rijmelarijtjes. His attempts to sing songs. Are scripted gepingpong with the jury. The mopjes with a beard so long that you wonder why Gillette this quiz does not sponsor, instead of-Charge (say not that Charge has not paid for that logo!). Al is also the presenter of what has changed. A new pair of glasses, we think, and also, with permission said, a coup de vieux.
The candidates are also new, but that is normal. They do all their best, and none of them think the smartest man in the world can be. It would all be encouraging familiar, but it is now really worn out. Even the audience sounds comrade than before. The shelf life of The smartest man in the world has passed, but we understand that the quiz remains: if almost a million people a indigestion risk by to see, then you as a commercial channel to be crazy to stop. Only: poor, poor Erik Van Looy must yet gradually feel like Bill Murray in Groundhog day (Film. Weatherman. Marmot. Every day the same. No Oscar.)
There is a small glimmer of hope: a new member of the jury. It is a woman. She is witty, especially if they are non-scripted jokes. Such as when Van Looy to Guy T Sjoen asked how it is that he looks so young-looking. “Well, thank you, mom and dad, are you sure?’, did the topdokter. “Because they are your botox to pay?’, asked the judge.
Barbara Sarafian for president.
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