Previously, he presented small fruits in the show “Tutti Frutti”, now he was a big potato himself: the host Hugo Egon Balder was exposed in ProSieben's show “The Masked Singer”. The 74-year-old got too few votes from the late-night crowd in Cologne on Saturday – and had to take off the costume he was hiding under on the musical mystery show. It was a couch potato – a really cozy, overweight giant potato who likes to watch TV. Two assistants had to help Balder out of the massive masquerade. “I'm 74 now,” he said later. “I've already noticed what's inside the coffin.”

No one had previously guessed that the multitalented man – Balder is a presenter (“Tutti Frutti”, “Brilliantly Next”), musician, actor, barman – was dressed as Runzel. Moderator Palina Rojinski (38), who recently joined the show's advisory team, guessed actor Florian David Fitz (49), who is 25 years younger than her, while her colleague Rick Kavanian (53) guessed even younger Matthias Schweighöfer (43). Only musician Max Giesinger (35) went in a completely different direction as a guest in the guessing team and guessed ex-football manager Reiner Calmund (75). Perhaps it was also due to the couch potato's impressive mustache reminiscent of the “Callis” mustache of yesteryear.

Balder was the first celebrity to be eliminated from the regular competition of the tenth season of The Masked Singer. There are seven more masks in the running – including a lion cub, a big flip flop, a crocodile and a cotton candy with pretty eyes. As an innovation, there is also a mask (“The Mystery”), which is revealed in each episode and always has a different celebrity under it. In Saturday's first episode, it was opera singer Rolando Villazón (52).

In The Masked Singer, celebrities pose as singers but hide their true identities behind big costumes. Only his voice and cryptic hints give an idea of ​​who is on stage. They are usually released when they get too few votes from the audience – or end up winning the final.