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Choking confetti and fire cause live TV chaos
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Choking confetti and fire cause live TV chaos

Published: 02 Dec 2012 15:11 GMT+01:00
Updated: 02 Dec 2012 15:11 GMT+01:00

“Supertalent” had been hoping their new run of live shows would make up for disappointing ratings figures, which hit all time low last weekend, wrote the regional Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung (WAZ) newspaper on Sunday.

But host Thomas Gottschalk could only look on in horror as the evening's entertainment descended into farce – and was beamed out live to an audience of millions.

It all started when a young singer named Laura inhaled some of the confetti falling from the ceiling during her performance and began to choke.

Then another piece was ruined when opera singer Simone Ciccarese's voice failed due to the copious clouds of dry ice which accompanied her performance.

And finally stage hands had to rush in with fire extinguishers when a performance consisting of two men called Christian and Leo smashing up a car resulted in a blaze.

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19:47 December 2, 2012 by jmclewis
Now this is good reality performance entertainment!!!!!!!!!! Watch Out X Factor!
19:50 December 2, 2012 by pepsionice
Two observations. First, I understand the desire to stick with live shows because of German tradition.....but there's a thousand things that can go wrong.

Second, I think these 'gonna-be-a-star' shows have finally peaked out. Too many people have noticed the ways that these are rigged for certain people to advance and others to be tossed. I'd say that half the German public doesn't believe in these being fair or unrigged.
20:38 December 2, 2012 by cobalisk
I just wanted to compliment the writer. This brief article was well written and witty.

Great job, I laughed out loud several times, 'copious clouds of dry ice' indeed.
11:24 December 3, 2012 by ValP
it might have been helpful if the writer had actually seen the show - the Italian opera singer was a HE not a SHE, there was no blaze, just a small fire that was hardly visible and was put out in exactly 20 seconds... of course the show is crap, like 99% of other stuff on TV, but it is not worse than the rest of the bunch and perfectly fine for a lazy Saturday evening if you stay in and just want some - you know - crappy TV enternainment as a background noise....
14:08 December 3, 2012 by grinners
Great story

Meanwhile did anyone see Dieters teeth, OMG they are like, so white.
14:24 December 3, 2012 by raandy
There are are few things that should be learned from this calamity.
16:29 December 6, 2012 by american25276
only in germany
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