Your gynecologist Comfort Achu (‘just say ‘Commi’) may try to restore the tarnished honor of previous moles in The smartest person in the world: Jill Van Boel She was crowned the grand winner in 2016, but Alina Churikova was knocked out in her first episode three years ago. Come on, Comey, give the citizen some courage.
Comfort “Commy” Achuo: “Sorry, but I honestly don’t think I have a chance of becoming the smartest person in the world.” (This interview took place before she entered the game, editor.)“.
In this case: Thanks for the conversation.
(He laughs) “I’m afraid I’m a professional fool: I know a lot about gynecology, but that’s it. After the café test, I had planned to improve my knowledge of politics and watch some movies, but nothing came of it. Because of the hustle and bustle, but especially because of my procrastination.
Eric Van Looy has a habit of personally contacting people on his wish list in the run-up to the new season. Did you get a call from him too?
“Yes! I knew there was a chance I would be voted out, because it’s right after the final the mole A Play4 press representative told me that a mole is often required The smartest person. But I was still amazed when suddenly a few weeks later I received a phone call from Eric Van Looy himself. I’m just an ordinary person, right? He asked: Don’t you want to come and test the café? You’ll see, it’ll be fun. I’m someone who says yes often in life, so: I said yes (He laughs). “I’m happy, because it was fun.”
What should I think about this café test? A room full of famous Flemish people hoping to be chosen?
“Yes. The problem was: I rarely watch TV, so the two girls I auditioned with – I now know that one of them is an MNM presenter, and the other is an MNM actress.” family – I did not know. And with them I had to pretend that we existed The smartest person We were sitting down – Eric asked questions too. When I was told after a while that I had been selected, I had some doubts. Not only because I wondered if I could organize it through work, but mainly because I was afraid of making a fool of myself in front of all the Flanders watching me.
A little test, like a test?
“No! Not again!” (He laughs)”
Who is the first presenter of the mole?
“Was that Bart De Pauw? Oh no, wait, I know: Michel DeFlieger.
correct. Who was the first presenter of The smartest person?
“Oh! Hasn’t Eric Van Looy been doing this for 21 years?
no. He was one of the contestants in the first season.
“TRUE? (Believes) No, I give up.”
One in two. It was Bruno Wendel.
“Ah. Yes, I’ve heard that name before, but I have no idea who he is. Before my time, huh? When we were in the student room, we always looked at her.” The smartest personBut then Eric actually introduced it.
Singer Gustav told me he was more nervous The smartest person From the Eurovision Song Contest.
“I understand exactly what he means. In the meantime, I have already completed the recording: what I found difficult is that despite the circumstances – the cameras, the lights, the audience, all these famous people – you still have to maintain your focus. But what I found more difficult Is that Eric would sometimes ask questions about my work that I didn’t really want to answer. Like: ‘Comi, you’re a gynecologist. Have you ever had a baby with a funny name? Yes, of course, but I can’t reveal that name on TV, can I?’ Who knows, maybe this baby’s parents will be watching!
“after the mole Everyone asked me if I had to bite my tongue so much during recordings, but that wasn’t the case. I really felt like I could say whatever I wanted as a spy, except for the way I tried to sabotage the games. In “The Smartest Person” I really have to pace myself. “And Comey,” Eric asked me, for example. “Did you have a nice birth today?” I kept it simple yes (He laughs).”
Serendipity: I wanted to ask you this question too.
“Did you have a nice delivery today? I just had a c-section. Baby’s name is Archie: I think that’s a great name.” (He laughs).”
Was this your first time in a television studio?
What did you notice?
“Everyone was so humble and friendly. I was sitting doing make-up next to Jennifer Helin and another well-known Flemish person, and after I thought for a moment, ‘Wow,’ I noticed that these people are just complaining about being stuck in traffic. I made friends with one of the candidates backstage!” The atmosphere was full of energy, because the participants were from… the mole He came to encourage me. Tuss and Lancelot (The other two finalists, ed.) They were there too – they emptied the fridge at my hostel afterwards (He laughs).”
However you do it The smartest personOne day, maybe you won’t be in the spotlight. Won’t miss the attention?
“I’ve never received this much attention before. When the mole It was broadcast, I was working in a hospital in Tournai: no one watched it. Now I’m in Brussels in a Dutch-speaking hospital: it sometimes happens that patients ask me if they know me from somewhere, but it doesn’t go much further than that. It’s a strange thing: if people seem to know me, I usually don’t realize it until much later. Oh yes I think the mole!
Suppose: after The smartest person You are asked for some painting program. Do you say yes?
“If it’s a great program, like The smartest person? absolute. I don’t like to miss opportunities in life. For example, I was recently persuaded to run 30 kilometers in the Kom Op Tegen Kanker. “I had someone come up and ask me that with great enthusiasm: ‘Then the chance of getting a ‘no’ is very slim.”
Are you an experienced runner?
“Not at all, I’ve never run 30 kilometers before. But I think: fun, challenge, I’ll do it.
“During my studies we all had to do training. I chose to train abroad, in my native country Cameroon. I met a doctor in one of the hospitals there and he asked me if I wanted to go on a medical mission. So there is no need to think about something like that, right? I went with them I was able to consult and work in the midst of chaos – one of the craziest experiences of my life, which led to more medical missions.
Wasn’t that your excuse while recording? the moleThat you were on a mission in Cameroon?
“Haha yeah! I thought: Let me pick something I actually did, because it’s a little easier to lie than to say I’m at a resort in Iceland. To give my story complete credibility, I made a photo album with pictures from previous missions that I didn’t use at the time because they were Too crooked, too flimsy, or too unattractive. (He laughs). It’s also fortunate that I didn’t have to show it much: I would have been shocked if anyone thought to look at history.
Thanks for the conversation, Komi, and good luck The smartest person. Do you still have a job today?
“Yes, my next patient only has a few centimeters to go.”
Quickly: What is the capital of Cameroon?
You didn’t have to think about it for long.
“Oh, of course not. If Eric would just ask me questions about Cameroon, I would be 100% sure: I would be the smartest person in the world!”
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