“The Puppet Stars” with Thomas Gottschalk: All information about the show with Thomas Gottschalk

“The Puppet Stars” with Thomas Gottschalk
All information about the show with Thomas Gottschalk

Thomas Gottschalk will present puppet stars on RTL.

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Thomas Gottschalk moderates “Die Puppenstars” on RTL. The casting show returns after a five-year break – what can the viewers expect?

The dolls are loose again: RTL (also on RTL+) shows three new episodes of the third season of “Die Puppenstars” from September 24th. The second episode will air on October 1st and the third on October 8th. It starts at 8:15 p.m. each day. After a five-year break, the talent show is returning to TV. The first two seasons were presented by comedian Mirja Boes (51), now Thomas Gottschalk (72) will moderate the shows.

The concept

“Die Puppenstars” is a casting show of a different kind. Puppets of all shapes and sizes, marionettes or various folding-mouth figures will present themselves to a jury on stage and ensure shrill, comical and surprising performances. The audience and the jury can look forward to theatre, variety and stand-up comedy. The puppets will create a good atmosphere not only on but also off the stage. Backstage, in clips and in the audience, according to the announcement, it will be “puppy”.

The artists come from all over Europe, including Germany, France, Spain and Romania. From the latter country, for example, the Lightwave Theater Company presents a story with lifelike large puppets in show one. Each of their movements is driven by music. The ensemble was already in the final in 2017. The Blacked Eyed Puppets from Hamburg perform the biggest Schlager and pop anthems and Mirror Black Swan from Austria shows puppet art in ballet form.

The jury

A jury, which includes comedian Max Giermann (46), Martin Reinl (46), the puppet “Kakerlak” (played by Carsten Haffke) and a guest judge, assesses the performance and awards points. With this she decides who gets into the top 3 ranking of the show. At the end of the show, the audience chooses the “puppet star of the evening” – this act wins 20,000 euros. Sonja Zietlow (54) joins the jury as a guest juror in show one, and Annette Frier (48) takes over the job in show two.


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