The ZDF TV garden is back: Kiwi cries with happiness and “wets his pants”
By Florian Gurtler
Mainz – The ZDF TV garden kicked off the new season on the second Sunday in May with a grand “opening party”. While many fans were already looking forward to cult presenter Andrea “Kiwi” Kiewel (56) and appearances by Maike Kelly (42) or Beatrice Egli (33), the notorious complainers from the TV garden were already warming up on Twitter in the morning: ‘A funny mix of fear and anticipation,’ one said in anticipation of the show to come – at 11:50 a.m. the time had come.
The corona pandemic – although far from over, but at least forgotten – no longer clouded the happiness of the television garden: Enthusiastically cheered by the live audience, Andrea Kiewel moved into the exhibition area of Mainz-Lerchenberg.
The 56-year-old was also very enthusiastic and even moved to tears. “They’re finally, finally, finally back,” Kiwi greeted guests as they bathed in the crowd.
“I missed her so much,” the ex-competitive swimmer let local fans know – during the peak stages of the pandemic, the live show played out in front of empty rows.
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Meanwhile, one of the TV Garden’s mockers ironically tweeted: “Finally a fancy TV show again.”
Pop grandpa and dentist Dr. Alban (64) rejoiced as the show continued with the 90s hit “Sing Hallelujah!”, while Andrea Kiewel rushed from interview to interview – after all, Mother’s Day was also in the spotlight.
Of course, the 30th wedding anniversary of a couple present should also be celebrated.
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The 90s also determined the music scene thereafter (Giovanni Zarrella whispered the cuddly song “Do You Believe in Life After Love”), a sure sign that Gen X is getting older.
Then a formation parachute jump was supposed to provide entertainment, but instead desolation erupted over the TV garden for a few minutes – the plane was delayed.
The public and Kiwi waited almost endlessly for the paratroopers as Twitter tweeted, “Please wake me from this nightmare!”
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“Waiting for Godot #Fernsehgarten Edition,” added another whiner.
A few more minutes and a formation jump that finally happened later, the TV show then further.
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The moans from the TV garden missed TV chef Armin Roßmeier (74) with the traditional outdoor cooking tips, he was replaced by the young Andreas “Andi” Schweiger (46).
The salmon sashimi on pumpernickel, prepared in front of the camera, was served to the paratroopers who had landed in the meantime. Asked by Kiwi if any of them had wet their pants in fear while jumping, he of course said no.
The 56-year-old replied: “But me, we’ll talk about it later.”
The two former DSDS winners Beatrice Egli (33) and Lucca Hänni (27) then made an acrobatic contribution.
To the delight of the public, the two Swiss were allowed to abseil from the 40th floor of the ZDF skyscraper during the so-called “House Running”.
Lucca, 27, who was happily having fun, caught the eye. Béatrice, on the other hand, was rather anxious – the two Swiss arrived on the pitch in good health.
“And now without a rope…” teased one Twitter user.
Did Kiwi really pee his pants?
In the last 45 minutes, Kiwi and the Mainz public must have been worried. Dark clouds loomed ominously over the show grounds as TV chef Andreas Schweiger presented more cooking tips.
“Will it be fun with a downpour? 😅😁😃,” one of the whiners asked on Twitter.
But the Fernsehgarten disciples were lucky: the rain spared them.
Irish singer Chris de Burgh (73) finally provided the bouncer with ‘The Man With the Double Face’ and his 80s hit ‘Don’t Pay the Ferryman’.
However, one question remained unanswered: Did Kiwi really pee his pants?
Contrary to her announcement, she said nothing more about it.
According to Andrea Kiewel, the next ZDF TV garden next Sunday should be entirely dedicated to the “Eurovision Song Contest” 2022.
Cover photo: Screenshot/ZDF