1 vs. 100

  • Netherlands: Caroline Christensen
  • Germany: Linda de Mol, Wolfram Kons
  • Austria: Klaus Eberhartinger
  • Switzerland: Susanne Kunz, ( René Rindlisbacher during maternity leave )

1 vs. 100 is a game show format, which originates from the Dutch company Endemol and originally tegen as Eén 100 was known.

The broadcasts were initially recorded as a test in the Dutch city of Hilversum and included around 60 minutes per show. 1 vs. 100 is the broadcast of RTL, ORF 1 and SF 1 German, Austrian or Swiss equivalent. In the U.S., the format is running under the title 1 vs. 100 at NBC. The First broadcast in Germany was in 2002, with the mission of Linda de Mol was moderated. From 5 May 2008 to August 22, 2008 RTL showed a 30-minute by Wolfram Kons moderated variant in the afternoon program. The Austrian edition of the show will be hosted by Klaus Eberhartinger; the Dutch version of Caroline Christensen and in the U.S. the actor Bob Saget hosts the program. The broadcasting in Switzerland was launched on 1 September 2008 ( Chair: Susanne Kunz instead of Mona Vetsch ).

The gameplay

In the original version are 101 candidates on a platform in the studio, each of them has a tuner to answer the questions asked. A random number generator selects at the beginning of the show from one of the candidates, which sits on a chair in the middle of the studio. The moderator makes every round a Category such as "Film & Television ". Now, the candidate may choose whether he wants to get put an easy or difficult about this topic. After the decision of the moderator reads a question with three possible answers and the 100 counterparties have to answer six seconds time. Then the candidate with no time limit must answer the question. Is his answer correct, he comes in the next round. The moderator reviewed the responses of 100 candidates. If an incorrect answer given, the persons concerned may no longer continue to play. Then the next question is asked. The aim of the game is to " play away " all 100 enemies, ie as the only remaining übrigzubleiben. It does not matter how many questions you need it.

In the new German versions of the main candidate is fixed from the outset. He plays against 100 opponents and all get the same question without naming the field of knowledge or the ability to determine a level of difficulty, asked. Among the 100 are usually also outstanding people. Most are RTL - Stars, present representatives of particular groups such as " professors " or " bouncer " and a personal acquaintance of the candidate.

In Austria, the same principle is used as in the original version, except that the question can not be selected by topic or difficulty. If the candidate answers a question incorrectly, the earned money is distributed among the remaining counterparties.

In Switzerland can select for each question between the two thematic areas of the candidate; the question " return " and to another ( as in Save the million ) but is not allowed.

" Value " of the excreted opponent

In the first round each of the counterparties 100 500 € "worth" when he " played away " is. For example, if 14 enemies eliminated in the first round of the game, the contestant will win € 7000. In the next round yet only 86 opponents would remain, to which now divides the total amount of 50,000 €. Thus would be in the second round, each candidate already € 581 "worth". The earned amount in the account is obtained, however, only if all the other candidates are eliminated.

As one can only " easy " or " difficult " to decide before the question of the difficulty, it is very illogical for the candidates from a mathematical point of view, to choose the hard question. On the one hand increases the likelihood that the candidate fails and wins no money and for others it is unfavorable, while leaving excrete many counterparties, because then you will win less money.

An example: There are 100 opponent left. The candidate chooses the tough question and thus plays 7 enemies from the game. He gets a single enemy € 50,000 ÷ 100 = 500 €, ie a total of 7 x 500 € = € 3,500. Would he with easy questions are respectively just away games an opponent, he would get for the first enemy € 50,000 ÷ 100 = 500 €, € 50 000 for the next opponent: 99 = € 505.05, etc. The seventh opponent he received then have € 50,000: 94 = € 531.91; € for a total of 3609.77.

The theoretically highest win total - that is, when each opponent is individually " played away " - is € 259,368.89.

In the United States can win the total amount of $ 1,000,000, the candidate, in the first three rounds each retired candidate contributes $ 1,000.

Profits in the German version

The question value starts at 50 € and intensifies with each question above 100 €, until it finally reaches € 1000. For each opponent, who answered the question incorrectly, the main candidate gets this cash value. Should the prime candidate manage to leave secrete all opponents, he receives € 100,000. It does not matter how much the main candidate has been earned. With the last correct answer he receives € 100,000. Should he get a question wrong, the crucial question € 100,000, which previously earned money is divided among the remaining remaining opponents.

In the broadcast of 24 July 2008 made ​​it a candidate for the first time to beat all 100 enemies, and won € 100,000.

Gains in the Austrian version

In the Austrian version of the show, the candidate receives a fixed amount of money per 10 retired opponents. After 10 weggespielten opponents you have € 500 in the account after 20 opponents € 1,000 after 30 opponents € 2,500 after 40 opponents € 5,000 € 10,000 after 50 opponents. The other prize categories amount to € 25,000 € 50,000 and € 75,000, when only 10-1 enemies are left. With the last eliminated opponents to win in Austria € 100,000.

Profits of the Swiss version

In the Swiss version of the candidate receives 1,000 francs per candidate in each round. In addition, he can even use the 2-way Joker which 2,000 francs per candidate brings. In addition, he has three wildcard. Would he one, he must not answer the question properly, but gets the weggespielten opponent has no money and his previous income is halved. In the Swiss version can not leave the studio during the game and take the previously earned money home to, you win only when all 100 enemies have been defeated, but with the three Swiss jokers is much easier than in the German and Austrian version.

The Joker

After each question played the facilitator asks the candidates ' money or enemies? " ( In Austria: " prey or pack "). That means as much as: to bring or continue playing the profit. Decides the main candidate for the latter, he plays on. Each question he has to answer. Does he need help, him three jokers are available which he can use (also in combination and ) forever. In the Swiss version of the candidate is unable to finish the game until all 100 opponent resigned. However, he has three times the option not to answer the question ( a fourth he can win in the game). It sets a Joker, halved his most erspieltes money and he gets no money for the retired in this round opponents.

Ask all / majority Joker

Tends the candidate to a particular response, it can display how many of these opponents, certain of him, chose answer choice. The value of this Jokers decreases with the number of weggespielten opponents because fewer people means a lower statistical significance.

Ask two / decision Joker

It is automatically selected two opponents, one of them has the right and selected the wrong answer. Both have to explain their decision. The advantage for the major candidates is that a wrong answer so definitely eliminated.

Ask a / experts Joker

The main candidate chooses the remaining opponents one from whom he considers " trust " for, and can be explained by him his answer. It is not clear whether the given by the opponents answer is wrong.

The Music

There are at 1- 100 two directions of " musical interludes ", both of which were composed by the Dutch composer Martijn Schimmer.


On July 12, 2009, Microsoft introduced an adaptation of " 1 vs. 100 " on the specially -powered online gaming service Xbox Live. This service was only accessible for Xbox Live Gold members. In summer 2010, the game has been discontinued.

Swiss TV provides online game on its website.