Giovanni Zarrella and Nazan Eckes hosted the Bambi awards.Image: dpa/Peter Kneffel
On the evening of November 16th, national and international stars celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Bambi Awards at the Bavaria Filmstudios studios in Munich, the event was broadcast live on free TV on Saturday 1st.
There were some surprises: Giovanni Zarrella, for example, not only led the event as presenter, but also suddenly received the award in the “Entertainment” category.
However, the event did not occur without setbacks. On social media, the public was amused by a failure. There was also a moment that caused a lot of dissatisfaction.
Technical failure with Bambi
Basketball coach Gordon Herbert, who led the German national team to this year’s World Cup triumph, received the award from Bastian Schweinsteiger and his wife Ana Ivanovic, but immediately had to battle a breakdown: As the 64-year-old began his acceptance speech, his microphone suddenly broke.
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Herbert tried to fix the device himself with one hand while holding Bambi with the other. However, he was unsuccessful, so a new microphone was brought in for him. He was unfazed, but began his speech with confidence: “We’ve proven what you can achieve when you have a team like this,” he said proudly.
Although the incident only lasted a few seconds, it did not go unnoticed by the public. “It doesn’t get any better than this, does it?” said a viewer on X (formerly Twitter), for example, amused.
Elsewhere it could read: “‘Made in Germany’ is not what it used to be.” The scene definitely caused amusement.
Bambi memorial moment causes outrage
But the broadcast caused a stir elsewhere. When Wincent Weiss performed her song “Just a Heartbeat Away” on stage, photos of people who died this year were shown in the background. Among other things, photos of singer Tina Turner and pole vaulter Tim Lobinger could be seen.
The staging of the moment angered many. Several people felt that the deceased were not sufficiently honored in this way. One user would have preferred to show the photos in close-up instead of pointing the camera at Wincent Weiss. The clear verdict next to “maximum disrespectful”:
“God, this is all unprofessional.”
“Same thing every time,” said another person, who was also very critical. One question is addressed directly to the TV team: “Didn’t the editorial team learn respect from you?”
Another viewer finds the entire performance “really unbelievable” (in a negative sense) and describes Wincent Weiss as an “unknown cute bard.”
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