Missing out on the win by 1 second, while your opponent makes up for 220 seconds: The Loser’s Fate in ‘The Smartest Man’ | TV

TVIt’s over and out for Riadh Bahri. He missed the win by just one second. Because Danira Bouhkriss quickly, alertly and with a high Cannaerts content snatched 40 seconds in the round of films. In the final, Merol faced a gap of no less than 220 seconds. And yet she struggled over that cape. Riadh could come up with only three correct answers. And couldn’t say anything about the Paloma Cocktail. Bye bye Bahri.

The funniest, happiest, most colorful journalist from ‘Het Journaal’ is from ‘De Allerslimste Mens ter Wereld’. Only with a lot of luck will he soon be awarded a place in the final weeks. Now he was one second short in the cutscenes to come back a fourth time. And his final was a letdown.

Suddenly one second in this quiz turned out to be super important. It is therefore important as a candidate to play alert and focused from the start. Taking as many seconds as possible everywhere, losing as little time as possible. Anyway, pretty much the Bart Cannaerts technique. Actually, Riadh Bahri did very well in his third participation. Fast and good ‘Open Door’, fast and good ‘Puzzle’, but a bit too casual in the photo round. Seven instead of six French icons would have given him the victory. I would like to add that in the video round, Danira received a seemingly easy video about the conflict between China and Taiwan. But the answers were very difficult. That happens after six successful participations…

For Danira, her participation in the ‘Allerslimste Mens’ is indispensable. With the retirement of Riadh Bahri, she is now definitively certain of the second place in the final ranking. She can get back in one day before the grand final.

Newcomer Merol got off to a slow start and was never really in the game. A final score of 145 seconds is below average. Especially for a tough candidate like Merol. In the final she played very well and hard. She simply outplayed Riadh with 17 correct answers against 3, in 6 questions. But watch out for the Dutch one.

Two funny guns sat on the jury seats with the Geubels-Jeroom duo. And that was immediately felt. A barrage of good one-liners, witty reactions and dry remarks, signed Jeroom. More of these guys, please.

Another remarkable detail: Domino’s Pizza is briefly shuffled under the carpet by Erik and the others. “I understand that they had to close in Italy. It’s terrible.” And Merol: “Much too fat.” To which Geubels: “I call them fat cakes. For real.”

The best quotes

Merol (whether she can become the Smartest Human Being): “Sure. You have to believe in it. With my second place in ‘De Slimste Mens’, I am now recognized and addressed everywhere here.” To which Geubels: “These are people from Unicef.”

Jeroom (after Riadh advertises his book ‘Out of the closet, In the closet’): “That’s something Anne Frank could have used too.” (to which some shock reactions from the studio)

Geubels (about Jeroom’s performance in the Allerslimste Mens): “I was watching, I blinked and he was gone.”

Jeroom (about Ella Leyers, who played him home): “So Ella Leyers. But luck in the game is bad luck in love. And that’s right. Because she is now together with Rik Verheye.”

Geubels (about the atmosphere during the recordings of the Slimste Mens in the Netherlands, where he was immediately played home): “I think there was a nicer atmosphere at my grandmother’s funeral.”

Jeroom (about his relationship with Elodie): “Everything is still okay. She doesn’t get any other food.”

Jeroom (whether there are any benefits to gray hair): “Not being bald.” Geubels sighs deeply.

Geubels (very alert after Riadh says he had to go to the emergency room with a mosquito bite): “Did they come get you with the MOSQUITO?!” To which Riadh: “I thought it was monkey pox.”

Hilarious moments

Jeroom and Philippe Geubels respond to Erik Van Looy’s statement that passers-by say he looks like Tom Cruise (certainly after his eye surgery). Geubels: “Who said that? A man with a white stick and a dog?” And Jeroom: “And what is your Mission Impossible? Getting out of the bath?”

Tipping moments

Newcomer Merol immediately takes 30 seconds. It will clearly turn out to be a false good start later on.

Riadh Bahri is fast and good at ‘Open Door’ and ‘Puzzle’. Merol sinks completely.

In the photo gallery, Merol knows a lot, but she also loses a lot of time singing the songs. Danira has a simple and quick photo question, just like Riadh.

In the video round, Danira makes the difference. She steals 90 seconds from Merol and Riadh. That makes the difference. She wins by exactly 1 second.

In the final, Riadh must always win. He does not do that. He stumbles upon the ingredients of a Mexican ‘Paloma Cocktail’.

The final score (for the final game)

1. Danita Bouhkriss 365 sec.

The score

1. Bart Cannaerts: 17 participations, 9 victories, 7 finals won, 1 final lost

2. Danira Boukhriss: 7 entries, 4 wins, 3 finals won

3. Jonas Geirnaert: 5 entries, 2 victories, won 2 finals, lost 1 final

4. Liesbeth Van Impe: 4 participations, 3 victories, 1 final lost

5. Delphine Lecompte: 4 entries, 2 wins, 1 final won, 1 final lost

6. Jelle Cleymans: 4 participations, 2 victories, 1 final won, 1 final lost

7. Lotte Vanwezemael: 3 participations, 1 victory, 1 final won, 1 final lost

8. Gilles Van Bouwel: 3 participations, won 2 finals, lost 1 final

9. Eva De Roo: 3 participations, won 2 finals, lost 1 final

10. Olga Leyers: 3 participations, won 2 finals, lost 1 final

11. Riadh Bahri: 3 entries, 1 win, 1 final won, 1 final lost

12. Merol: 1 participation, 1 final won


6 entries, 5 wins


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