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in the picture.  Tears In Mary And Alberto, But Gertie Keeps It Dry: This Was Samson & Gert's Last Show |  Instagram HLN

in the picture. Tears In Mary And Alberto, But Gertie Keeps It Dry: This Was Samson & Gert’s Last Show | Instagram HLN

showbizIt happened. After more than ten thousand views, Gert Verholst no longer owns Samson. At Studio 100 Pop-Up Theater in Bourse, he finally passed the torch to his daughter Mary (26) last night. She was fine with Koen Crucke for many tears, while Gert remained in control of his emotions until the last note. “But if this is ‘The Sound Of Music’, then I can’t keep it dry,” apparently.

September 2, 1990. “Samson & Gert” began to be shown on the public broadcaster. Nearly 32 years later it’s over for Gert Verholst (54). “I knew for some time I was going to pass the torch to Mary, and all the closures gave me plenty of time to get used to the idea,” says the former Samson owner. Geert does not regret his decision. “It is time to pass the torch.”

© Christoph Jeslink

Christoph Jeslink

© Christoph Jeslink

And Geert did it incomparable way last night. In the nineties – and the last – he did his best. It has become a great show filled with Samson songs from the past and present, with the necessary jokes from the man himself† For example, the audience present was given a “Gert” mask to wear during “Morning Gymnastics”. It happened en masse. “Keep up the work, it’s better this way,” he seemed to laugh after. The synergy between Geert and Quinn ‘Alberto Kroc’ (70), Walter ‘Mayor’ de Donder (61) and Walter ‘Van Lemhozen’ Bailey (57) remained entertaining until the last minute. Thanks in part to stagnant moments of laughter and burning jokes for the Quartet. “It’s okay, it’s the nine o’clock show,” Walter Bailey said after hinting at Hot Marijke.

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Christoph Jeslink

© Christoph Jeslink

Christoph Jeslink

© Christoph Jeslink

Christoph Jeslink

© Christoph Jeslink

Christoph Jeslink

© Christoph Jeslink

Christoph Jeslink

© Christoph Jeslink

Christoph Jeslink

© Christoph Jeslink

Christoph Jeslink

© Christoph Jeslink

Christoph Jeslink

© Christoph Jeslink

Christoph Jeslink

© Christoph Jeslink

Christoph Jeslink

© Christoph Jeslink

It’s time for tradition

Geert’s farewell also means a new beginning for Samson. At the end of the show, Mary appeared as the new owner, and her schedule was instantly filled out. This is how Samson and Mary continue the tradition with their Christmas show. Together with Van Leemhuyzen, Alberto and Mayor, the duo experience their first adventure during the Christmas holidays. They will do so from December 26, and at three different locations: Plopsa Theater in De Panne, Elisabeth Hall in Antwerp and Trixxo Theater in Hasselt.

‘Samson and Geert’ by the numbers

* 797 episodes aired.

* 14 albums were released, and more than 180 singles were recorded.

* More than 44 unique shows released.

* They gave more than 10,000 presentations, receiving more than two million visitors.

* Released a movie with “Hotel op Stelten”, which attracted 166,699 visitors. The companion CD was in Ultra Top 50 for 23 weeks.

* More than 1.5 million bars have been sold, and over 50 million biscuit boxes have been sold.

* He did not buy any new doorbell.

These famous guests were present at Samson & Gert’s farewell party:

Kobe Elson.

Kobe Elson. © Christoph Jeslink

James Cook and Dorian (in attendance)

James Cook and Dorian (in attendance) © Christoph Jeslink

Jill Clemens and Jonas van Geel.

Jill Clemens and Jonas van Geel. © Christoph Jeslink

Martha from K3.

Martha from K3. © Christoph Jeslink

Brand new K3 Julia and partner Ben.

Brand new K3 Julia and partner Ben. © Christoph Jeslink

Danny Verbest and his partner.  laughing voice

Danny Verbest and his partner. “It was great, I can still sing along with everything,” laughs ex-Samson’s voice. © Christoph Jeslink

Sarah Putemans, girlfriend of Victor Verhulst.

Sarah Putemans, girlfriend of Victor Verhulst. © Christoph Jeslink

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