Friday, January 7, 2011

De Slimste Mens Ter Wereld and Bart De Wever

De Slimste Mens Ter Wereld ("The Smartest Human In The World") is a quiz show on the Dutch-language TV station Eén. So far, nine seasons have been produced, with the ninth - an "all-star" show featuring winners from previous seasons - aptly named De Allerslimste Mens Ter Wereld ("The Very Smartest Human In The World").

The show is immensely popular in Flanders, with an average of 1.4 million (out of 6 million) viewers every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. After pastries and long summers, "Slimste Mens" was the first thing my fiancé bragged about when telling me about Belgium.

The show is currently hosted by Erik Van Looy and features a simple format: three Flemish celebrities face off in five challenges where trivia knowledge and fast thinking are essential. Everyone from actors to politicians to musicians have participated.

Among the more notable contestants is Bart De Wever, who is currently on the show with two straight wins under his belt. His participation raised a few eyebrows, as some people feel that he should be working on solving the country's political crisis rather than doing a quiz show. The Associated Press has an article on the matter, which was also picked up by The Washington Post.

By the end of it all, Belgium's most popular politician pronounced himself satisfied. "Mission accomplished," he said.
Bart De Wever had not solved the dispute between Belgium's Dutch and French speakers, which has stalled the formation of a permanent government for almost seven months - the longest such crisis in the country's history.
No, he had just survived his first round in the late-evening quiz show "The Very Smartest Human in the World," where he had excelled, among other things, in identifying a slew of actresses shown with their breasts accidentally exposed. (more)

You won't find that one on YouTube, but I did find a clip of De Wever doing the same exercise with a slightly different topic:

Now, the idea of a top politician doing a quiz show is about as foreign to me as it is to The Washington Post. But I'm pretty sure this comes on top of everything else he's doing. We should all be impressed that he can be working on Belgium's political crisis and winning a tough quiz show at the same time. I'd like to see Obama win Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? in the middle of next year's campaign tour. That's a challenge, Mr. President.

There's a lot to be said about the show, but I'll round this one off with a mood-lightener: Erik Van Looy's laughter. I hope my fiancé will forgive me.


  1. Great post, baby!!!

    And I can't get tired of the Eric Van Looy laughter XD haha!

  2. Well, I can't get tired of yours either ;)

  3. And I can't get tired of yours :D <3