Dec 17, 2022

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Tutti Frutti was a German game show based on the Italian show Colpo Grosso.  In fact, it was filmed at the same location with many of the same cast. Both versions of the show became wildly popular for satellite owners - and since they featured nudity, received a lot of critique from the puritans. Perhaps the main attraction were the Cin Cin Girls who we'll meet later.

We'll cover a bunch of episodes of both shows - so check out the Colpo Grosso main page as well.  

THE EPISODES



TUTTI FRUTTI BACKGROUND

The show changed hosts over the seasons, as well as the Cin Cin Ballet, and there were adjustments to the games and presentation of the Flag Girls/Euro Girls, but the overall gist was the same.  For simplicity's sake, we'll use the first season as a primer on how things work.

THE HOSTS


Nora Wenck started off each show - introducing the main host...

Cheesy but rather likeable Hugo Egon Balder who filled the role of Umberto Smaila on Colpo Grosso.


Sassy Tiziana D'Arcangelo who, like almost all the cast, also appeared on Colpo.


Both Monique Sluyter and Tiziana D'Arcangelo served as your standard eye candy game show hostesses like Vanna White (Wheel of Fortune) and Janice Baker (Card Sharks).  We'll get to know a number of them (such as Amy Charles) over the seasons.

CIN CIN GIRLS


There were seven Cin Cin girls, each representing a different fruit. This fruit designation was actually rather brilliant because it really helped you identify the Cin Cin, especially your favorite.  Who's your favorite Cin Cin?  I like blueberry.  The girls actually got to be quite popular - with records released and numerous spots in magazines across Europe.

Let's meet the season one Cin Cin Girls


Nadia Visintainer - pineapple

Natacha Velimirovic - Kiwi

Alma Lo Moro - blueberry

Stella Kobs - lemon

Nicci Foley - strawberry

Angelique Rinkel - tangerine
Angelique for whatever reason was the most popular - supposedly getting the most mail and marriage proposals.



THE GAME

A male and a female candidate fought for points - "Eurofiche" (think of them as poker chips) which could then be used for the Eurogirls' clothing items - we'll get to that in a minute.

Contestants could strip to increase their points. The five pieces of clothing they wore were worth a total of 10,000 - all items of clothing were each worth 1,000 with the exception of the bra for women, and pants for men, worth 5,000. For Tutti Frutti the values were a bit different than Colpo Grosso, but who really cared?

In the very first episode, Elke just strips off her gloves and jacket. The contestant strips were often quite awkward and embarrassing.  

Ariane is the contestant on the second show.  Her "striptease" is equally cringey.


But contestant stripping wasn't the central point of the show, and not really how contestants achieved most of their points. 

Near the start of the show, the contestants would start with a pot of points - determined by their choice of fruit - i.e. their favorite Cin Cin.

The two Cin Cin girls opened their costumes and revealed their breasts, on the left there was either just a fruit symbol (worth only 1,000) or a star (worth 3,000 for silver and  5,000 for gold).




There were a few games - including this slot machine game.  Contestants again chose their fruit Cin Cin and got points if it matched the slot machine.

Another game was just like Card Sharks

The Cin Cin girls would yell 'higher' or 'lower" as the contestant had to guess the next card.

THE EUROGIRLS (AKA FLAG GIRLS)

This was the main objective of the game. Each Eurogirl stood for one of the eight European countries. When you got to the G-string you got a country point "Länderpunkt". The contestant with the most Länderpunkt won.

A rather elaborate set featuring an airplane unloading the eight ladies

Netherlands, France, Great Britain, England, Italy, Denmark, Germany and Greece

Each flag girl wore five articles of clothing with the values indicated on the flag board: 2,000 for the jacket (or hat), 3,000 for the skirt (or gloves), 5,000 for the bra, 10,000 for the garter belt and 40,000 for the “panties over the thong”. The ladies also undressed in this order, so you needed at least 10,000 for the lady to take off her bra, 20,000 for her garter belt, etc.

The host decided which Eurogirl should strip and how many points were set.  A real system behind it was never discernible.  It was a running gag back then that nobody really understood the rules. 


So, in this case, the contestant spent their "chips" or points to get this girl down to her g-string.  That amounts to 60,000 points spent.  But now that contestant has earned a country point or Länderpunkt to their credit.  Again, the contestant with the most Länderpunkt wins.

It's Italy's turn.  But was it really Italy?  A lot of times the ladies weren't really from their designated countries - and sometimes even appeared in multiple episodes under different countries.



You'll note that the names correspond to the contestants not the Eurogirl.  So, in this case, Ariane has put points on the Eurogirl from Germany.  But this signage would change season to season.



Note that, while the German girl stripped all the way down to her panties, sometimes it was just gloves or a hat depending on the points expended.

The Eurogirl stripteases were broken up by the aforementioned games as well as a wonderfully cheesy musical interlude.  In the first episode, Hugo croons "Girl" by The Beatles.

Note that Colpo Grosso had something extra that Tutti Frutti did not: the "Colpo Grosso" is the "Big Hit". If a candidate achieved the maximum number of points, where all eight Eurogirls stripped all the way.  My understanding is this rarely occurred.

At the end of each episode, the Eurogirls wave goodbye and strut to the main stage



It's a pretty interesting show, so check out the episodes posted at the top of the page.  And also check out the Colpo Grosso main page as well. Cheers!

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