Bastian Yotta, the self-proclaimed self-made millionaire, can be seen on “Celebrities under the Palms”. t-online.de reveals which candidates , didn't get along with and why , even took part in the show.
At the Sat.1 show “Celebrities under Palms” ten celebrities take part in daily competitions and play for 100,000 euros. Whether skill, strength or intelligence: what counts is victory. Because a celebrity is selected from the losing team and has to leave the villa on the beach in Phuket. Bastian Yotta reveals to t-online.de which candidates , prefers to stay away from and what made the show so appealing.
Yotta has been a well-known face in German reality TV productions since , emigrated to the USA in 2014 with , then wife. The 43-year-old was last seen in the RTL jungle camp in 2019, where , tried to influence the often cloudy mood with , morning ritual “Miracle Morning”. With the sentence “I'm strong, I'm healthy and I'm full of energy” and , mostly positive manner, , was partly smiled at, partly admired. Now it's time for the fitness and life coach who currently lives in L.A. to take part in a new show.
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Mr. Yotta, what can viewers look forward to at “Celebrities under Palms”?
It will be really exciting! My competitors delivered a lot of trash TV: arguments, violent attacks, sensitivities. And from my side come positivity, competition and the will to win. The Miracle Morning is also there again.
What was your incentive to attend the show?
The profit of 100,000 euros is a lot of money – for everyone. If after 18 days of shooting you can also earn this sum: insanity. Logical. But what attracted me the most was this format, in which one hundred percent only your performance counts: dexterity, intelligence, strength, strategy. Then I thought to myself: It's time to show what I can do. Especially when the intelligence games come.
People always accuse me of typical bodybuilder clichés like 'a thousand volts in the upper arm, but there is no light in the bulb'. I want to show what I have in my head. In comparison, the jungle camp in which I recently participated: on the one hand you have to rely on how the broadcaster cuts everything and on the other hand how people call. I was more emotionally relaxed there because I thought: I have no control over how people perceive me or whether I fly out.
Then what were your biggest challenges on this show?
There were two major challenges. Number one: The pressure that I put on myself was hard. I really wanted to show what I can do. There is a challenge every day. You have to perform every day. That was the biggest challenge. Number two: distance yourself from the negativity of others. There are many show professionals at the start like Claudia Obert or Désirée Nick. Staying away from their negativity is sometimes successful and sometimes not.
Did you prepare for the competitions in any way?
I am always fit! Mentally as well as physically. I am a gifted, passionate chess player. I play several games of chess with my girlfriend a day, I train my body every day. I didn't have to prepare, I just looked forward to it.
But you have long had intervertebral disc problems that affect you. Did they get in your way at the show?
I've had it for 13 years, seven incidents in total. At that time I even had a spinal cord catheter, which was really bad. Before the show “Celebrities under Palm Trees” I was really in top shape and thought: I rock it. Then problems came again. I kept it secret because I would have been taken out of the race immediately. The 23-hour flight from L.A. to Phuket was very hard on my back. Anyone who has ever had a herniated disc knows what I'm talking about. But people will be surprised: even a yotta with a herniated disc is still strong.
That sounds painful. How did it go for the first game for you and your back?
The first challenge was deadly and really wiped me out, honestly. It went fully on the back. I also got a real headwind from the team. Désirée Nick especially chopped on me: 'Yotta, but you also take your mouth very full. You should think about your image. ' We weren't that bad after all.
Sounds like you didn't get on well with ,. What about the other candidates?
Yes, with Désirée Nick I'm actually not on the same wavelength. For me , really is – even away from the camera – an embittered, old woman. I always thought it was played for the stage, but it's really bitter. And to Claudia: I have problems when someone drinks so much. You will see that too. In front of the camera, I thought the Ennesto was a good guy. But I found that , is the greatest fake person I have ever come across. It is like being replaced behind the camera. My favorite quote about Ennesto is: 'Even a triple penis enlargement never makes , a real man.' Very disappointing.
And who were your favorites in the group?
Carina is definitely one of my favorites. I knew and liked them before. I also got on really well with Eva and Janine Pink. Janine is a kind-hearted, honest person. And if you know how to take Matthias – I knew how to take , – you get along well with ,. Of course , chatter and scolds God and the world. But deep in , heart , is a good soul.
It was interesting to find out which personalities are behind the celebrities, right?
Yes, in any case! We shot for 18 days and nobody can keep , mask on. Everyone shows their true face at some point. Especially in competitive and stressful situations where there are winners and losers. That was very interesting.
Are you a good loser yourself?
For me it doesn't really matter whether I win or lose. One thing counts for me: have I delivered one hundred percent, have I done my best? If I did that and someone else was simply better, I'm happy for , and take off my hat. But if I screw it up myself when I say: I could have given more, I'm dissatisfied with myself.
That is the only claim that I had on myself on the show. I didn't care who won in the end. I wanted to go in there and give one hundred percent. And one hundred percent is a lot for me!
The show “Celebrities under Palm Trees” always runs on Mondays at 11:15 p.m. and on Wednesdays at 8:15 p.m. on Sat.1.